Itanagar, April 21 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday called upon the state’s bureaucrats to change their mindset and also help change the mindset of the people in the crusade against corruption.
“Corruption begins at all levels including the people. The fault lies in the mind set. Everybody takes for granted that everybody is corrupt. We have to change this mind set if we want to deliver a corruption free governance,” Khandu said addressing bureaucrats on the occasion of Civil Services Day.
He said the perception of corruption as granted is due to accumulation of misgivings through the years.
With the change in mind set will come a genuine work atmosphere, Khandu said, and underscored the importance of a working atmosphere that will lead to work culture and proper service delivery.
“To improve service delivery to the people, the state government has enacted the Public Service Delivery Act 2015. I call upon the concerned departments to complete all formalities as soon as possible for the act to be notified and implemented,” he said.
Exhorting local civil servants, the Chief Minister reiterated that as indigenous citizens they have more responsibility towards governance and to utilize their long experience in service and help and guide the government in forming long term policies for welfare of the people and development of the state.
The Chief Minister appealed to all the departments to coordinate with the department of Information Technology, which is implementing the e-office project of the government.
On the hindrance to efficient service delivery, Khandu observed that many rules and regulations framed and implemented years ago – some even before Independence – have more or less become irrelevant in today’s context.
These rules, he pointed, framed to benefit people have today actually become major hindrances in service delivery.
The Chief Minister also encouraged the civil servants to take risks and go for innovative approaches and methods to make governance easily accessible.