THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a major step aimed at making the administrative machinery more effective and responsive, the cabinet on Wednesday decided to clear the backlog of files in the secretariat and offices of the heads of department in a time-bound manner.
This is based on a study carried out by the government which had revealed that only 25 per cent of the files in the secretariat had been disposed of till February 14. In other words, of the 2,30,711 files received, only 56,878 had been cleared and a whopping 1,73,833 are still pending.
The cabinet will take appropriate decisions within 100 days on all files pending for over three years. This would be implemented within the framework of the existing rules, Information Minister K.C. Joseph told mediapersons after the cabinet meeting.
The Chief Secretary has been asked to give necessary directions to the officials concerned for clearing the files. The work would be monitored by senior officials.
Despite putting in place a file movement and tracking system to ensure transparency and time-bound delivery of services to the common man, the mechanism has not worked effectively, it seems.
Clearly, the delay in clearance of files is coming in the way of effective implementation of the Right to Service Act and transparency in the public delivery system....