U Min Thu, Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government, on his visit to Myeik Township, met with staff of the General Administration Department (GAD) from township, district, and regional level offices at the Pale Yadana Hall in Myeik Township, Taninthayi Region, yesterday evening.
First, U Khin Maung Kyaw, head of Taninthayi Region GAD, introduced the Union Minister to everyone in attendance. He then explained about the Region GAD’s processes and performances.
At the meeting, Union Minister U Min Thu said that the staff of the General Administration Department have performed their duties in order to stabilize the administrative mechanism of the state while spreading the administrative system and authority of the state throughout successive political systems. He added that the General Administration Department remains the backbone of the administration of the State and urged staff to place to value their individual duties.
The Union Minister ackowledged the common perception of the public on the GAD and told the staff there is no need to be discouraged. He asked the staff to understand that the GAD simply follows the policies set by the political system and the executive pillar.
The Union Minister said the General Administration Department has been agreed to be transferred to the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government during Union Government Meeting No. (23/2018).
It soon became common for GAD staff to question what changes they should make in line with the GAD’s transfer, said the Union Minister. He said the President has already laid down guidelines for staff to follow.
He said GAD staff need to maintain the stability of the administrative mechanism while making the reformation with added momentum. After transferring ministries, the first three months of 2019 have been designated as the stabilization period for the GAD. At the same time, arrangements were being made to conduct the systematic implementation of the next three months for reform process. As for him, he paid special attention to the opinions of the staff after making careful consideration; it was found that the staff had set their determination to stand with the people with full confidence. The Union Minister said he is convinced that nothing is impossible to those who had firm determination, based on their experience in administrative and different political systems. As for the GAD, preparation was being made to bring about the dramatic changes for the people with new appearance, vision and aspiration as of 2019. The Union Minister urged them to strive for winning the public trust and respect. He said that plans were underway to convene a workshop in Nay Pyi Taw for the GAD staff this month, which aims at sharing expert experience on administrative reforms, lessons, and examples.
Plans were being made to lay down the procedures of the transformation that included ideas and visions to make the changes, said the Union Minister.
In short, the GAD has carried out their duties throughout the successive periods of governments, and which remains the backbone of the administration of the State while carrying out exemplary reforms and to stand as a strong administrative pillar that is responsive to the public.
At the workshop, vision and mission of the GAD would be evaluated in accordance with rules, regulations, instruction and procedures while carrying out to compile the manuals of the staff that included applying the administrative power, human resource management, appointment of the GAD staff, capacity-building and transformation of teaching methods.
At the same time, arrangements would be made to choose three cities, in terms of prioritized cities, among the states and regions of the State, under the ‘One State- One Township Project’.
Thus, all the states and regions would choose the most promising cities among their area while striving to implement it with success.
Afterwards, GAD staff in attendance submitted requirements to the Union Minister, who gave necessary suggestions and directions and then urged the staff to respect and follow the policies and procedures of the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government.
(Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)