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Friday, June 12, 2015, Jaishtha 29, 1422 BS, Shaban 24, 1436 Hijr

Move to award innovative public servants stutters at the start as Ministry plays catch-up
Published : Friday, 12 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 16

The government's initiative to award public servants' for innovative work has stumbled at the start. The 'Public Administration Awards', introduced for the first time, was supposed to be given on Jun 23, the day observed as International Public Service Day.
 But, that's not happening, according to public administration ministry's Additional Secretary Subir Kishore Chowdhury.
 "Work needed to be started long before for the awards to be announced in time but that didn't happen," he told
 Chowdhury, who is with the ministry's Career Planning and Training wing, said a delay in formulating the guidelines for the award meant the preparations began as late as in March.
 "It's quiet tough to complete these tasks in only two months," he said.
 On work progress, Chowdhury said nominations forwarded from the field-level administrations, departments, ministries and divisional committee were being evaluated now.
 "A new date will be announced after the Ramadan."
 He added they were not rushing things because doing so might spark controversy.
 On Jan 28, the government made the guidelines to encourage over 1.3 million public servants.
 The guidelines asked for nominating the award recipients between Jan 5 and May 10. The nominations were to be approved by the prime minister by May 30 and the awards ceremony held on Jun 23.
 A total of 12 awards in three categories - best individual, best team and best organisation - will be given in district and national level.
 The recipients will get a gold medal, certificate and cash rewards.
 Committees with the district administrations, departments, ministries and divisional administrations will forward their nominations to the national committee led by the Cabinet secretary.
  The national committee will screen and forward nominations to the prime minister, who will clear them.

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