Government begins process to abolish redundant boards and bodies: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Sanjeev Singh Bariana

Chandigarh, May 8

Based on the suggestions of the administrative secretaries of the departments, the Punjab government has started the process of abolishing redundant organizations, councils, corporations and corporations and creating alternative fronts to meet current and future needs.

The 2017 white paper called for an overhaul

  • Punjab has 55 Boards and Societies, in addition to Apex Co-operative Institutions including Markfed, Sugarfed, Milkfed, Housefed, Punjab State Co-operative Bank and Punjab State Co-operative Agriculture Development Bank.
  • A Punjab government white paper in 2017 pointed out that a majority of them suffered from different financial ailments and needed an overhaul

The development comes in response to a recent communication from the Office of the Chief Minister (CMO) seeking suggestions for providing an efficient, transparent and user-friendly administration. Besides the process of liquidating unnecessary offices, the government has started the process of re-engineering the functioning of the department by removing redundant processes, simplifying the overall workflow and speeding up decision-making.

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann also asked officers to review existing programs and proposals to make the process more financially viable after cutting unnecessary costs. Making the system transparent and corruption-free with time-limited service delivery is the underlying message.

The note asked for workable proposals for the rationalization of existing staff. They were asked to work on skills development to meet changing needs.

A principal secretary said: “In the context of how information technology has become a part of our daily lives, we must first sift through the unnecessary paperwork still prevalent in our offices. Despite the computerization of most of our departments, people still have to carry the papers. Dematerializing offices and reducing direct interactions with the public will be our government’s most important contribution to public welfare.

Administrative secretaries were asked to gain the confidence of heads of departments, field officers and the public of stakeholders before sending their work plans in two or three pages at most. The plans will be divided into three categories – short term (achievable within three months), medium (maximum two years) and long term (two and five years).

An attempt to rationalize staff was made in 2021 when Capt Amarinder Singh asked the Additional Chief Secretary (Power) to review the school department model to rationalize excessive staff. However, there were no noticeable results. Even in schools, Democratic Teachers Front Chairman Vikram Dev Singh said, “When we don’t have minimum teaching staff for schools, there is no talk of rationalization. The government terminated positions in a number of schools after the transfers.