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Civil Service Awards by next year
Staff Correspondent
Published : 2014-11-29,  Time : 00:00,  View Count : 39
Civil Service Awards with a view to recognising extraordinary and innovative work by public servants is likely to be introduced by 2015.
The bureaucrats will be awarded on various categories for their annual performances.
The Ministry of Public Administration has already completed its preparation to introduce the new award for the bureaucrats.
"We have formulated a policy to introduce the Civil Service Awards to encourage officers to deliver proper services to the members of the public," Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Senior Secretary of the ministry, told this correspondent on Wednesday.
The planned awards will be given to the public servants on next 2015 Public Service Day, which falls on June 23.
Out of 27 cadres of the Bangladesh Civil Service, only a few such as Police and Fisheries have the system of giving awards to their best-performing officers.
"We are trying to cover all cadres to help improve performance of the civil bureaucrats. The process was already finalised. It would be given from next 2015," Kamal Chowdhury said.
According to the ministry officials the draft policy was already approved by the Prime Minister.
Officials concerned said there is a system of punishment for the civil service officers but they are not awarded for better performance. Neighbouring India, whose bureaucracy is believed to be much stronger, has already introduced such awards.
They expressed the hope that introduction of civil service awards would motivate the officers to deliver services sincerely to the people.
According to sources, the awards will be given in various categories - the best performing officer, the best group or unit and the best organisation.
"There will be a set of criteria for selection, including innovative achievement in implementing policy, outstanding contribution to socio-economic development and showing high level of efficiency in financial management," they added.
According to the proposal, Tk 1-lakh and a medal will be given to the best performing officer, Tk 2-lakh to the best group or unit and Tk 5-lakh for the best performing organisation.
Absence of career planning, widespread politicisation, corruption and inefficiency are said to have caused moral degradation in civil service, resulting in failure to attain the government's development goals and depriving people of due services.
The government has taken up a number of reform programmes to address such menace in the administration, sources in the ministry said.
The initiative to formulate Bangladesh Civil Service Act is also a part of the reform programmes to establish transparency in civil bureaucracy.

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