Top priority includes filling vacancies, utilizing capital budgets, etc.


By News18.com STI (Update)

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The directive stated that ministries should also take steps in consultation with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to further shorten the time to complete the recruitment process, for which they should leverage technology and strengthen monitoring mechanisms.

Filling all vacancies in the central government, ensuring the full utilization of investment budgets allocated to ministries and streamlining the autonomous bodies within the given time frame are some of the priority areas highlighted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a cabinet meeting earlier this month. months, News18 has learned.

A directive sent by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to all secretaries called for immediate action by all ministries and departments in these areas. News18 accessed the letter.

In accordance with this directive, Prime Minister Modi, during the meeting on September 7, had planned to fill vacancies across the central government as a priority area for the government, under which ministries and departments should finalize the timetable for the two appointments. through direct recruitment and also fill vacancies created by promotions and retirements.

The directive stated that ministries should also take steps in consultation with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to further shorten the time to complete the recruitment process, for which they should leverage technology and strengthen monitoring mechanisms.

For its part, the DoPT will have to coordinate closely with all the ministries in issuing letters of appointment.

In June this year, the government announced the filling of 10 lakh vacancies in the central government over the next 18 months. According to data provided by the government to parliament, there were 40.35 lakh sanctioned positions in central government as of March 1, 2021, with only 30.55 lakh employed.

“Fully utilize capital expenditure, purchases via gem”

Another priority area highlighted at the meeting was the full use of capital budgets by all ministries. According to the directive, each ministry and department will have to closely monitor capital expenditure and ensure that its pace is accelerated to achieve full utilization of the budgets allocated to them.

The directive, government sources told News18, came as several ministries were unable to use a significant portion of capital budgets when they projected their revised estimates to the Ministry of Finance around September. -October of each year.

Other points highlighted during the meeting were that ministries should implement a special campaign to ensure cleanliness in offices and for the elimination of pending referrals, including in field offices in remote corners of the country.

Ministries were also asked to strive to target 100% of procurement of goods and services through the Government e-Market Place (GeM), which secretaries were asked to review monthly.

“Decriminalization of minor crimes, roadmap for life”

Other points highlighted were that Ministries and Departments will need to meticulously study the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, take “corrective actions and undertake systemic improvements”, and complete the ongoing exercise on streamlining organs. autonomous from government within a limited time frame.

The Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has also been tasked to quickly finalize the proposals for the decriminalization of petty crimes, in consultation with relevant ministries and Niti Aayog.

In addition, Niti Aayog and the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change have been tasked to prepare a roadmap for the LiFE campaign in consultation with other ministries and departments.

The Lifestyle for the Environment or LiFE movement was launched by PM Modi during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP26).

According to Niti Aayog, the campaign envisions “replacing the predominant ‘use and dispose’ economy” with a circular economy and creating a global network of individuals, called “Pro-Planet People” (P3), who will share the commitment to adopt and promote environmentally friendly lifestyles.


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