Anti-graft cell to be set up at CM secretariat

Govt To Discontinue Interview Stage In Direct Recruitment Of Junior Level Posts

IMPHAL, 24th MARCH: In what could be described as a landmark decision aimed at maintaining transparency and accountability in all spheres of administration and ensuring graft-free government, a cabinet meeting held on Friday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has decided to set up a special cell at Chief Minister’s Secretariat to receive information on corrupt elements in public service.

           As decided by the state cabinet to ensure transparency and accountability, a dedicated mobile number (9402150000) has been earmarked to receive public grievances or information related to any instances of corruption. It also resolved to encourage the public to record video/audio of any cases of corruption in public service and send the same through WhatsApp on the said number.

         Along with affirming to take prompt action in all such cases, the government also assured to protect identity of the person providing such information. It further appealed to the public to abstain from forwarding frivolous complaints failing which suitable measures will be initiated under appropriate law.

          To achieve the goal of transparent and accountable governance with focus on citizen centric and effective discharge of duty by public servants, instructions have been issued to all the public servants to ensure complete transparency and accountability in all matters except in cases where there is a requirement for maintaining secrecy, to ensure that there is not even a single instance of favouritism and nepotism in the discharge of duty, and to ensure that there are no cases of acceptance or offer of bribe, in any form, by or to the officials.

           The Cabinet meeting held from 10.30 am also discussed discontinuation of the stage of interview in direct recruitment for junior level posts (Grade-III & IV) in all state departments in line with the policy adopted by the Central government. As the new recruitment policy will be based on merit of the candidates, such a process will help in curbing corruption, more objective selection in transparent manner and in substantially easing the problems of poor people.

            Along with the decision to discontinue the stage of interview in direct recruitment with immediate effect and to amend the existing recruitment rules for Grade III & IV Posts accordingly, the N Biren-led government also instructed department concerned to intimate the state cabinet in case of any pending recruitment process.

           Furthermore, the Cabinet discussed finalisation of work programme and monitoring of development activities for effective and efficient utilization of fund during 2017-18 and decided to put in place a mechanism to enable all the stakeholders and the departments accountable for proper utilization of fund.

           For release of funds during the said fiscal, all departments shall be asked to finalise work programme initially for the first four months well in time and move the Finance Department for release of fund. The Finance department will frame proper guidelines for release of fund in instalment basis as is done in the case of Government of India. A mechanism is being worked out in consultation with IT Department to facilitate the departments upload requisite information in the website of Planning Department. The photographs to be uploaded on the website will inter-alia show the beginning, progress and the completion of the work.

        Further, in order to implement the scheme of ‘Housing for All’ under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana effectively in Manipur, the Cabinet decided to promulgate an ordinance for exemption of fee in the transfer of documents of land to women. The cabinet also approved to assign the implementation of the said scheme in Greater Imphal area to Department of MAHUD.

         For streamlining all the state-funded schemes to the targeted beneficiaries and to ensure delivery with utmost transparency, the State Cabinet decided that all the state projects and schemes be brought under the ambit of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) with the use of public fund management system (PFMS) within a period of three months.

        Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is a major reform initiative of the Centre to ensure better and timely delivery of benefits from government to the public. From the next financial year, Government of India has decided to implement DBT across all schemes throughout the country. DBT framework, being universalised as a high priority area by the Government of India and being monitored at the highest level in the Government to deliver entitlements directly to eligible individuals, will cover all Centrally-sponsored schemes where cash benefits are transferred to individual beneficiaries through Centre/State/Sub-State/Implementing Agencies/Societies or Non-Governmental Organisations and various other enablers of government schemes in the form of honorarium or incentives.

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