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Transition of J&K and Ladakh to UTs will be smooth: Dr Jitendra Singh

He said that any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. He was addressing at the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries (Personnel/GAD) of all State/UT Governments, organised by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India today.  

The Secretary (DoPT), Dr. C. Chandramouli, Secretary (DARPG & Pensions) Shri K. V. Eapen and senior officers of the Centre and UT/State Governments were also present in the conference.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken various initiatives to provide conducive working atmosphere to the officers with an aim to enable them to provide citizen-centric governance that is responsive to the needs and concerns of all stakeholders. 

He quoted examples of initiatives which included self-attestation, abolition of interviews for recruitment to non-gazetted posts, doing away with the obsolete rules and grievance redressal system, among others.The Minister said that the nature of PM’s Awards for Excellence has been entirely changed in the recent years. 

Now the civil servants are being rewarded for implementation of flagship programmes of the Government, with a large number of participation by the district collectors. Dr Jitendra Singh said that Government has zero tolerance towards corruption and non-performance, but at the same time it is committed to provide conducive atmosphere to the honest and sincere officers. He added that the Prevention of Corruption Ac, 1988 has been amended by the Government recently so as to enable that no guilty is spared, while at the same time protecting the honest officers.

He further said that the Government has made efforts for an inclusive administration demonstrated by the introduction of reservation of EWS category. He said that youth comprise of 70 percent of country’s population and Government is committed to provide them all avenues of development. He spoke about the Government’s decision to post young IAS officers as Assistant Secretaries in the Central Ministries in order to provide them exposure about the functioning of the Government.