Friday, 24 February 2012

SC raps Centre for red tapism, bureaucratic delays

SC raps Centre for red tapism, bureaucratic delays
clean media correspondent
New Delhi:  Feb 25: (CMC)  The union government was on Friday rapped by the Supreme Court for its bureaucratic delays and red-tapism even in challenging lower courts' adverse orders against it. 
Dismissing an appeal by the Department of Posts, a bench of justices P Sathasivam and J Chelameshwar asserted that it would not brook any such delays as the government departments have obligation to discharge their duties with diligence and commitments. 
"The government departments are under a special obligation to ensure that they perform their duties with diligence and commitment. Condoning delay is an exception and should not be used as an anticipated benefit for government departments. The law shelters everyone under the same light and should not be swirled for the benefit of a few," it said. 

"In our view, it is the right time to inform all the government bodies, their agencies and instrumentalities that unless they have reasonable and acceptable explanation for the delay and there was bona fide effort, there is no need to accept the usual explanation that the file was kept pending for several years due to considerable degree of procedural red-tape in the process," it added. 
The apex court, however, said there was delay at every stage and except mentioning the dates of receipt of the file and the decision taken, there is no explanation as to why such delay had occasioned. 
"Though it was stated by the Department that the delay was due to unavoidable circumstances and genuine difficulties, the fact remains that from the day one, the Department or the person / persons concerned have not evinced diligence in prosecuting the matter to this Court by taking appropriate steps," the bench said. 
"The bench said the officials were well aware or conversant with the issues involved including the prescribed period of limitation for taking up the matter by way of filing a special leave petition in the court. 

1 comment:

  1. good way, thanks for this only on SC........