A well organised and efficient administrative system is essential for the proper working of Government in any modern state. Any system however satisfactory cannot hold good for all time. It has to be reviewed periodically and remodelled to suit the changing conditions. The Administrative Reforms Commission is constituted to make recommendations to improve the efficiency of the State Administrative System. The Commission will review the structure and functioning of the administrative machinery of Kerala and suggest measures for improving its responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness as required for a welfare state. The Commission is entrusted to make suggestions in 13 core areas of Public administration. This ARC is the fourth one since Kerala state formation and is constituted with the Former Chief Minister Sri. V S Achuthanandan as Chairman.
Timey revision of existing governance mechanisms and system is a necessity. Government policies had helped in establishing much acclaimed Kerala Model of development. Now it is to update the governing mechanism once more to reflect the times and expectations of the people.
To review the structure and functioning of the administrative machinery of the State and suggest measures for improving its responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness as is required in a welfare State.
To revisit and redefine the roles of departments and important agencies in Government.
To suggest measures for co-ordinated and joined-up functioning of Government departments and agencies to enhance positive outcomes.
To suggest measures to eliminate delays, corruption, favouritism and nepotism and to make administration result oriented.
To suggest steps for enhancing delegation of powers to increase efficiency and citizen satisfaction.
To suggest modern management methods and Information Technology system and tools, which can be adapted in Government.
To review the policies relating to recruitment, placement and promotion and suggest measures for improvement of the performance of civil servants.
To suggest methods for democratization of different organs of Government at various levels and increase participation of the people in governance.
To assess the delivery of key public services and suggest measures for increasing their efficiency.
To suggest measures to make Government more open and accountable
To suggest measures to refine/operationalize Gender Budgeting, Child Budgeting.
To recommend modern fiscal planning tools like output and outcome based budgeting.
To assesses the capacity building system in Government and suggest measures to make it more effective.
To make any other recommendation arising from the above matters or incidental to them or considered necessary or appropriate by the Commission.
Velikkakathu Sankaran Achuthanandan (born 20 October 1923) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Kerala from 2006 to 2011. He was one of the founding leaders (and also the last surviving) of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and has played a major role in building the party cadre in the state of Kerala. Achuthanandan was a member of the CPI(M) Politburo from 1985 until July 2009.After serving as Chief Minister, he was Leader of the Opposition in Kerala from 2011 to 2016.
Shri. V. S. Achuthanandan
C.P. Nair, former Chief Secretary of Kerala, continues to be a student of languages, is a prolific author and columnist. He was tasked to head the committee to rewrite the half-a-century-old Kerala Education Act and Rules (KEAR) as its chairman. He served in various important posts such as Home Secretary, during which Kerala Police transformed into a citizen friendly force, as Labour secretary when most of the welfare boards for workers were setup. Recently his services were utilized by Travancore Devaswom Board as its commissioner.
Shri. C. P. Nair IAS (Retd.)
Mrs. Neela Gangadharan, IAS (Retd.),1975-batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, served as several senior positions in Govt. including Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development and Secretary, Department of Justice, Joint Secretary (Agriculture), Government of India, and Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Land revenue Commissioner and Excise Commissioner in Govt. of Kerala. Her international experience includes serving as Minister (Agriculture) in the Embassy of India, Rome Italy and headed a unit of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UN in Rome dealing with Agricultural policy support. She was the founding chairperson of the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Smt. Neela Gangadharan IAS (Retd.)
Ms. Sheela Thomas a 1985 batch IAS officer, was the Chairman of the Rubber Board, under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.She was also the Chairperson of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), representing the Government of India, and in 2011 held chairmanship of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC). She had also held several important positions with the Government of Kerala. These include Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Kerala; Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperation; Secretary for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs; Secretary for Modernising Government Programmes.