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Published Date: Feb 20, 2012


Efforts at introducing reforms in Excise and Taxation Department have lessons and potential to be replicated elsewhere to improve the governance crisis in the country.
Dr Tariq Banuri, Head of Sustainable Development Division, United Nations, said while speaking at the special seminar on “How could good governance can be ensured at micro-level” organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute here.
Dr Banuri said that it was necessary to collect the feedback of public through client and user surveys about usefulness and sustainability of reforms in E&T department and learn how time consumption of citizens in vehicle registration reduced or increased as well as impact on government revenue took place before and after the reforms experiment.
Dr Ehtasham Anwar, DMG officer, gave an innovative idea of giving VIP status to teachers community to give them their due status in the society. He said that there were certain pre-requisites to improve the governance at micro-level including making an express resolve, following it with concrete actions, openness to suggestions and consultation, willingness to admit and correcting mistakes and leading by example.
He said that improvement of working environment was important, as a person sitting at a dignified place was likely to attend others with dignity as well. Ensuring strict discipline was the next important task, which included punctuality and other related measures. In this regard, Safarish culture needed to be discouraged with full vigour.