Cabinet Secretariat has asked all secretaries of central government ministries to ensure that minutes of inter-ministerial meetings including those of FIPB are finalised within 24 hours.
It has been observed that the record of discussions and minutes of meetings are being prepared and circulated after considerable lapse of time leading to avoidable delay in the implementation of decisions, it said in a stern directive.
Such delays have particularly been observed in respect of the minutes of inter-ministerial Meetings including those of Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC), Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC), etc, the directive said.
Correct and quick recording of decisions is an important step towards good governance and implementation of government programmes in a timely manner.
Therefore, it would be a healthy practise for the officials concerned to dictate the minutes as soon as the meeting is over and submit the same for approval of the competent authority within 24 hours, it said.
It is also to be ensured that the minutes or record of discussions thus finalised reach all concerned within seven days of the date of the meeting, said the directive issued by Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, seeking "strict compliance".
Also the record of discussions and minutes of meetings are much better captured if these are prepared immediately after the meeting when the deliberations are fresh in the memory, Sinha said.