Deptts asked to submit report on ‘Plastic Free’ initiative

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/2/2019 12:38:44 PM IST

State government has asked the departments to submit reports to the home department about the activities they have undertaken on “Plastic Free Nagaland” or send suggestions on what steps could to be taken up in future.

According to DIPR, the chief secretary Temjen Toy informed the departments at the monthly meeting of the AHoDs and HoDs held at secretariat conference Kohima on Tuesday.

The department heads were also reminded that the state government had announced for ‘Plastic Free Nagaland’ last year and that it was being followed up in the secretariat complex and a few departments and offices with discontinuation of using plastic bottled water and instead placing water dispenser in the rooms and in the conference halls. 

At the meeting, the officers also advocated that waste segregation should be a moral and ethical responsibility not only in offices but also in every household. They urged the government to instruct village councils to initiate plastic free zones in their jurisdictions. They also suggested minimising usage of paper in government offices and adopt circulation of circulars and notifications electronically.

The meeting also discussed the need for government officials and departments to be connected to the people for whom they are working. In this regard, the agriculture and allied departments agreed to issue Public Service Announcements from time to time in the media through the IPR department. 

DGP Nagaland, TJ Longkumer, also stated that all the police units would gradually be declared as plastic free zones. 

Speaking at the meeting, chief secretary said ‘We have become very fond of making excuses and fault finding instead of solution finding’. He said that evolving oneself through transparency and making oneself relevant for effective change and good governance was the need of the hour. 

DGP also announced that the Police would be issuing some new guidelines for traffic and enforcing them to ease the traffic problems in Kohima. He called upon all the officers to disseminate these guidelines and instructions in their respective departments.

The meeting also deliberated on poor attendance in the office and various government functions and decided that henceforth strict action would be taken up by the AHoDs and HoDs on erring and errant officers and staff. 

The meeting further deliberated on issues such as concentration on policy making, setting up of a basic Medical Emergency Unit at the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare for the Secretariat and surrounding directorates and other offices and need to regulate traffic control to ease the traffic congestion in Kohima.

The finance department asked all the departments to furnish the Final Expenditure figures for 2018-19 latest by April 12 and also to furnish the DDO-wise Incumbent-wise salary statement as on March 31, 2019 latest by June 15, 2019 for mid-year review of salaries/wages requirement.

CEO, Abhijit Sinha, gave a power point presentation on Model Code of Conduct and a live demonstration on Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).

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