Government to amend administrative record 'Rules of Business'
Thiruvananthapuram: State government has decided to make reforms to the rules of business that allows various departments and their respective secretaries more freedom and authority. The secretary level subcommittee, which was formed to provide guidance on the amendment, has submitted the report to the Chief Minister.
The rules of business is a document that is central to the state’s administrative system. The business of Government is transacted through various departments of the secretariat. The procedure to be followed in the transaction of the business of the government in the Secretariat is laid down in the "Rules of Business". It clearly defines the power of the Chief Minister and other ministers, the role of departmental secretaries, on what matters they can take decisions on their own, which files they should sent to the finance department and many more.
A panel headed by Home Secretary Biswas Mehta has been assigned to provide necessary guidances regarding the same. On 24th of August, these instructions were passed in a meeting presided by the Chief Secretary. More freedom being granted, amendments to the administrative department is the most important of the 10 major reforms that are being introduced.
The amendment would enable different departments to take decisions on certain matters independently without having to consult the finance department. Although a lot of orders were passed in the past concerning this, not a lot of it was put into practice. The new reforms will clearly define matters in which the respective secretaries can take decisions on his/her own without having to consult the finance ministry.
The rules of business was last amended during the tenure of AK Antony, in 2002.