TADEPALLI (ANDHRA PRADESH): After decentralizing the administration through the novel village secretariat system, the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has turned its focus against corruption.
The government has roped in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad to cleanse the system. The agency will work hand in hand with the Anti-Corruption Bureau to plug loopholes in the system that aid the corrupt officials.
A formal agreement in this regard was signed between IIM-A Public Systems Group professor Sundaravalli Narayanaswamy and AP Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General Kumar Vishwajeet exchanged the agreement in the presence of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday, according to a report in Sakshi daily.
Under the agreement, the IIM-A will come up with guidelines to curb corruption from the village level to the top echelons of the government. It will study the functioning of various government departments, including the newly-introduced village and (Municipal) ward secretariats, income and expenditure requirements of the administration and the lacunae in the present governance system, the report said.
A study would also be conducted on proper utilization of the existing resources, increasing the quality of governance to achieve positive results. The IIM-A will suggest remedial measures to end corruption in various departments.
The Chief Minister said rooting out corruption would ultimately benefit the common people immensely. The new village and ward secretariat system was intended to ensure all benefits reach eligible beneficiaries directly, leaving no room for corruption, he pointed out.
The village and ward secretariats set up earlier would act as a bridge between the government and the people by rendering over 500 types of services at their doorstep. These secretariats have employed over 4.50 lakh people in a record time of four months of the YSR Congress (YSRC) coming to power.
The Village Secretariats would showcase government programmes and make pictorial representations of government schools and hospitals under the caption ‘then and now’ to show how reforms have changed their functioning, according to a report in Hindu.
Under the new system, one Village Secretariat has been set up for every population of 2,000, with each one comprising close to a dozen village officials (from different departments like police, revenue, etc). The idea behind it is to ensure that its services reach people on the ground, and also to strengthen the existing Panchayat Raj system.
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