ITANAGAR, April 21 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today called upon the State�s bureaucrats to change their mindset and help change the mindset of the people in the crusade against corruption.
Attending the 11th Civil Services Day celebration at Banquet Hall here today, Khandu said the perception of corruption as granted is due to accumulation of misgivings through the years.
�Corruption begins at all levels including the people. The fault lies in the mindset. Everybody takes it for granted that everybody is corrupt. We have to change this mindset if we want to deliver a corruption-free governance,� he pointed out.
He also underscored the importance of a work atmosphere that will lead to work culture and proper service delivery. �To improve service delivery to the people, the State Government has enacted the Public Service Delivery Act 2015. I call upon the concerned departments to complete all formalities as soon as possible for the Act to be notified and implemented,� he said.
Specifically speaking to local civil servants, the CM noted that being indigenous citizens they have more responsibility towards governance. To commemorate the day, the first ever CM�s Award for Excellence in Public Administration was announced.
In the individual categories, Ashish Kundra, Commissioner Finance (for bringing in innovative reforms) and Habung Lampung, Chief Executive Officer of Itanagar Municipal Council (for cleanliness drive) were bestowed with the award.
Department of Information Technology was chosen for the award in the team/organisation category for its efforts in digitalisation of governance in the State.