1. Don’t take decision unilaterally: Cabinet Secretariat to Ministries

Don’t take decision unilaterally: Cabinet Secretariat to Ministries

All central government ministries have been asked not to take policy decision unilaterally and carry out inter-ministerial consultations.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 31, 2016 8:17 PM

All central government ministries have been asked not to take policy decision unilaterally and carry out inter-ministerial consultations.

The move come after it was noticed recently that on issues related to macroeconomics, trade and commerce, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare was not consulted even though the matter or commodity relates to the agriculture sector.

The Cabinet Secretariat has earlier advised all the departments to circulate the proposals for consideration of Cabinet or Cabinet Committees to all the ministries concerned, whose business is likely to be impacted by the proposal.

“In this context, it has been observed that in some cases, on issues related to macroeconomics, trade and commerce, sometimes the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is not consulted even though the matter or commodity relates to the agriculture sector.

“Accordingly, it may be ensured that the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is invariably consulted in all matters related to the agriculture sector,” the Secretariat said in an order issued to secretaries of all central government departments seeking “strict compliance”.

It said that existing rules provide that when the subject of a case concerns more than one department, no decision be taken or order issued until all such departments have concurred, or failing such concurrence, a decision thereon has been taken by the Cabinet or by an appropriate authority under it.

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