NewZNew (Chandigarh) : The Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) today organized a State Level In-service Training Programme at MGSIPAP complex, Chandigarh. About 75 officers from the IAS, IFS and PCS, as well as Joint Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries and Under Secretaries working in different departments of the state government participated in the day-long programme.
Inaugurating the event, Punjab Chief Secretary and Director General, MGSIPA, Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal emphasized the need to simplify procedures in offices for ensuring speedy delivery of public services with focus on citizen-centricity. He stressed that officers must be well acquainted with Laws and Rules so that the work in departments is carried out smoothly. He mentioned that efficiency should be the hallmark of our administrative system. He said that capacity building, accountability and responsiveness must be given focus at all levels in various departments. The adoption of latest technology and up-gradation of skills should be a continuous process and facilities available at MGSIPA will be utilized for organizing more such programmes.
He said that feedback-gathering should be strengthened in all departments so that necessary improvements can be made by identifying deficiencies and shortcomings in the system. He said that latest technological advances should be widely used in all the departments to bring about qualitative improvements and excellence in the service delivery system.
The technical session of the day-long event started with Prof. V.K. Bansal, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Law, Panjab University Chandigarh speaking on service matters and landmark case laws. In his thought-provoking speech, Prof. Bansal highlighted various aspects of the Indian Constitution aimed at ensuring social equality, preserving the dignity of the citizen and equal opportunities. He touched upon various law points for carrying out official business.
He referred to various landmark judgments of different courts in service matters including seniority, reservation roster points, equal pay for equal work, suspensions, termination of employees, and so on. Dr. Arvinder Singh, IAS, spoke on “Common Mistakes in Conducting Departmental Inquiries” by government officers.
He emphasized on the right processes of preparing charge-sheet and the various rules and principles to be kept in mind while conducting inquiries. Shri KAP Sinha, IAS, Secretary, Science, Technology and Environment, Punjab has elaborated on various environmental laws and spoke about the role of the National Green Tribunal. Dr. Pramod Kumar, Chairman, Punjab Governance Reforms Commission spoke on “Perspectives in Governance” and emphasized on reducing the gap between the citizen and State through good governance. In the last session, Shri Anupan Gupta, Senior Advocate, Punjab & Haryana High Court addressed the participants on “Ingredients of Speaking Order” and gave the participants sevaral insights on how and why the decision-maker must express his mind while arriving at his decision on a file. Mrs. Raji P. Shrivastava, IAS, Director, MGSIPA said that these refresher courses would be a monthly feature henceforth.