Former Chief Secretary’s brief is to streamline working of government departments
In a major development, the Karnataka government has constituted the Karnataka Administrative Reforms Commission-2 and has appointed the just-retired Chief Secretary to the government TM Vijay Bhaskar as the commission’s chairman.
The government order, with effect from January 6, was issued on Thursday after a nod from the Finance Department.
As per the order, Bhaskar will review recommendations made by the H Ramaswamy-headed Administrative Reforms Commission that can be implemented in the current administrative set-up. This apart, he will also look into the restructuring of various departments and the number of employees required to fill vacancies.
Most importantly, Bhaskar will review the existing systems and modalities regarding the staffing requirements of departments and will also look at the possibility of merging various corporations.
While all these tasks are onerous, the government has not provided much manpower to the Vijay Bhaskar-headed commission. Essentially, it will be a one-man Administrative Reforms Commission with a brief to streamline and rationalise departments, personnel and programmes.