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State CS stresses on good governance

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Dimapur, April 2: Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS today called upon State Government officials to be transparent to bring effective change and good governance.
Addressing the monthly meeting of AHoDs and HoDs in the Secretariat conference hall today, the CS lamented that Government officials have become very fond of making excuses and fault finding instead of solution finding.
Temjen Toy said evolving oneself through transparency and making oneself relevant for effective change and good governance is the need of the hour. He remarked that it is up to each individual to decide and to actually start functioning and bring about good governance in the State.
The CS cited an example of the convergence between the departments of health, RD and social welfare and reminded the officers that all over the world people are converging between different departments or agencies. He opined that most of the departments in Nagaland are still over protective of their own activities.
Also reminded all that the State Government had announced ‘Plastic Free Nagaland’ last year and that it is being followed up in Secretariat complex with few departments and offices discontinuing using plastic bottled water and instead placing water dispenser in the rooms and in the conference halls, Toy asked departments to send their reports to the home department about the activities the department has taken on ‘Plastic Free Nagaland’ or suggestions on what steps may to be taken up in future.
In the meeting, officers advocated that waste segregation should be a moral and ethical responsibility not only in offices but also in every households and to instruct village councils to initiate for plastic free zones in their jurisdictions, to minimize the usage of paper in Government offices through circulation of circulars and notifications electronically.
The meeting also discussed the need for Government officials and departments to be connected to the people for whom they are working and in this direction the agriculture and allied departments agreed to issue public service announcements (PSAs) from time to time in the media through the IPR department.
DGP Nagaland, T.J. Longkumer IPS also stated that all the police units will gradually be declared plastic free zones. He announced that the police will also be issuing some new guidelines for traffic and enforcing them to ease traffic problems in Kohima and called on all the officers to disseminate these guidelines and instructions in their respective departments.
The meeting also deliberated on poor attendance in office and various government functions and decided that henceforth strict action will be taken up by the AHoD’s and HoD’s on erring and errant officers and staff.
Agreeing that a lot can be done and achieved without fund or minimum of funds the meeting deliberated on issues such as concentration on policy making, setting up of a basic medical emergency unit at the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare for the Secretariat and surrounding directorates and other offices, need to regulate traffic control to ease the traffic congestion in Kohima.
The Finance Department asked all the departments to furnish the final expenditure figures for 2018-19 latest by April 12 and also to furnish the DDO-wise incumbent-wise salary statement as on 31-03-19 latest by June 15 for mid-year review of salaries/wages requirement.
Chief Electoral Officer, Abhijit Sinha gave a power point presentation on Model Code of Conduct and a live demonstration on Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the meeting. (Page News Service)

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