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Make decisions faster, get rid of non-performers, Gadkari tells officials

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The Economic Times
14th January, 2020 23:38 IST

Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari has urged officials to make decisions swiftly which will help improve efficiency of the system significantly.

“Our goal is to make good quality roads in the least time possible and reduce the cost of construction,” Gadkari said at the National Highways Excellence Award 2019 event here on Tuesday.

“I am after my Secretary (road transport and highways) to give me a list of unproductive people,” Gadkari said.

Earlier this week Gadkari said that he was looking to oust non-performing, unproductive officers who were delaying decision making processes which was ultimately leading to delays in project execution.

“Performance audit is more important than financial audit,” Gadkari said.

He asked officers not to keep squatting on files, and minimise the back and forth involved on proposals, adding that all stakeholders should be involved before scrapping proposals.

“We should try and see that all files should be sent back within three days of reaching the officer,” he said. “This will help improving our efficiency,” he added.

Speaking at the same event, Chairman of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Sukhbir Singh Sandhu said that toll collection via FASTags has risen almost four times since July last year, when the government announced making electronic toll collection mandatory across national highways in the country.

“In July (last year) we were recording 8 lakh transactions through FASTags every day. As of January 13, this number has increased to 30 lakh,” Sandhu said.

Sandhu said that toll plazas around Jaipur, Lucknow, Gandhinagar, Nagpur and Delhi were recording maximum transactions through FASTags.

Daily toll collection via FASTags has also increased from 19 crore in July to Rs 50 cr in January, Sandhu said.

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