Health Min­istry of­fi­cials to get awards for speedy file clear­ance

Millennium Post - - Mp Nation - DHIRENDRA KU­MAR

NEW DELHI: As Lok Sabha elec­tion is around the cor­ner, the Min­istry of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare (MOHFW) has come out with a unique plan to ‘mo­ti­vate’ of­fi­cials for not ‘stalling’ key health projects in the name of red-tapism.

In­ter­est­ingly, the Health Min­istry has de­cided to give awards to of­fi­cials rang­ing from sec­re­tary to un­der­sec­re­tary for clear­ing files re­lated to wel­fare schemes. The awards would be given by Health Min­is­ter JP Nadda on the ba­sis of how fast an of­fi­cial has cleared the file.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the award has been con­sti­tuted to give a push to im­por­tant health

poli­cies re­lated to med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, avail­abil­ity of qual­ity doc­tors, im­mu­ni­sa­tion, the es­tab­lish­ment of med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, etc.

“The min­istry is keep­ing a record of the per­for­mances of

the of­fi­cials rang­ing from sec­re­tary to un­der­sec­re­tary. The record is be­ing main­tained on the ba­sis of the time taken by of­fi­cials in clear­ing files pre­sented be­fore them,” the source said, adding that there are over 80 of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing sec­re­tary, ad­di­tional sec­re­taries, joint sec­re­taries, di­rec­tors, deputy sec­re­taries and un­der­sec­re­taries, whose re­ports are be­ing pre­pared for felic­i­ta­tion.

“The per­for­mance record has the de­tails about the num­ber of files be­ing re­ceived by the of­fi­cial; the num­ber of files cleared in how much time; time taken in giv­ing com­ments on the files, etc,” the sources said.

As per the per­for­mance re­port, which is an­a­lysed by Mil­len­nium Post, in the cat­e­gory of sec­re­tary and spe­cial sec­re­tary-level of­fi­cials, the per­for­mance of the health sec­re­tary is much bet­ter than the rest of the other of­fi­cials. In the month of Septem­ber, Health Se­cre- tary cleared 573 filed and took on an aver­age 11 hours and 46 min­utes to give com­ments on the files.

Sim­i­larly, in the cat­e­gory of ad­di­tional sec­re­tary, Arun Sing­hal, a 1987 batch IAS of­fi­cer, is at the top. Sing­hal cleared 300 filed out of to­tal 316 filed re­ceived in the month of Septem­ber and took on an aver­age 16 hours 26 min­utes in writ­ing his com­ments on the files.

The awards would be given to two un­der sec­re­tary/spe­cial sec­re­tary cat­e­gory, four un­der ad­di­tional sec­re­tary cat­e­gory, 13 un­der joint sec­re­tary cat­e­gory, 19 un­der direc­tor cat­e­gory, three un­der deputy sec­re­tary cat­e­gory and 46 awards for un­der­sec­re­taries for their per­for­mances.

Arun Sing­hal, Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary

Preeti Su­dan, Health Sec­re­tary

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