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Report on reforms will be submitted in May: Moily

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M. Raghuram

The report is under peer review; The report is under peer review, says commission chairman

ComponentsRight to informationRural Employment Guarantee Programme Public OrderDisaster management

MANGALORE: The Second Central Administrative Reforms Commission will submit its final draft report to the Prime Minister in the second week of May. According to the chairman of the commission and former Chief Minister of Karnataka, M. Veerappa Moily, the report is under peer review.

Mr. Moily told The Hindu here on Saturday that the report would have four components: "Right to information", "Rural Employment Guarantee Programme", "Public Order" and "Disaster management".

"Right to information" derives its spirit from the Right to Information Act. This component seeks greater clarity in dissemination of information about the process of administration, quicker action and arriving at the right culture of governance, Mr. Moily said.

He said that after holding a colloquium on Right to Information Act in which legal luminaries from the Supreme Court had participated, this component was framed. The involvement of rural areas in achieving total administrative reforms was important. To make it happen, it was advisable to economically empower rural areas and the commission thought it fit to create a model involving 200 districts in the country taking into consideration naxalite-infested areas, gram panchayats and zilla panchayats.

Empowerment

These panchayati raj institutions had to be made accountable in empowering the people as under the new economic order, rural areas would get their share of funding for development and employment generation.

The national workshop held by the commission in collaboration with National Institute of Public Finance in January had already discussed these aspects. Based on the observations of experts in that workshop, the commission felt that the Rural Employment Guarantee Programme should be brought into the administrative reform process.

This would bring in large number of people who were not merely under-privileged but also under-represented in matters of administration.

The commission, in association with the Centre for Policy Research, had researched into various aspects of "Public Order" keeping in view the role of police, society, civil service and judiciary collectively.

This exercise had given the commission invaluable data and experience, which also indicated that some corrections were needed in dispensation of public administration. This had been incorporated in this component of the report, Mr. Moily said.

Early warning systems

The commission had most elaborately dealt with disaster management. The report also stressed the need for installing Tsunami Early Warning systems and building earthquake-resistant houses. The Roorkee Engineering Institute was involved in this report, Mr. Moily added. He hoped that the reforms report would be implemented.

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