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Friday, 20-July-2018

KAMAL SAKSENA - AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

The CEO of State Resource Centre for Woman and Child, Government of UP, Kamal Saksena has been handling government affairs for the past three decades. He graduated in chemical engineering from IIT Kanpur, holds a Certificate in Computing (IGNOU) and Diploma in French language (CIEFL). He is also trained in Incident Command Systems (ICS) Management. He attended Road Safety Management Leadership Programme conducted by Monash University, Melbourne. He has been a member of a study tour, sponsored by World Bank, on Road Safety in New Zealand and Australia, besides training in Singapore and USA (San Francisco, Austin and New York). A person of commitment and honesty which he showcased in his work, he received the President’s Police Medal for Long and Meritorious Services in 2004. In 2013, he received the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. He has also been honored by the US Embassy Consulate General, Kolkata, for efforts made in Combating Human Trafficking in UP in 2016. He has also been awarded Director General of Police’s Commemoration Disc in 2017. Currently, he is working towards bringing in a balance by giving opportunities to the right people. Talking to Sulabh Swachh Bharat, he describes that there are many areas he would want to contribute in

What was your aim when you first joined the service?
I wanted to reach out to people. There are many kinds of people who would want to achieve different things in life. I have seen very bright kids in backward villages with ordinary schools and very ordinary children from highly reputed city schools. Sometime the bright is not actually bright, it is all about opportunity. I have realised this, and tried to provide the opportunity to the right kind of people. And I tried very honestly and I hope I have contributed positively towards the growth of the society.  

How difficult is it to implement a plan?
Difficult   difficult is nothing. It is about layers. In government there are many layers that one needs to go through. Suppose a project on road transport needs a clearance. It is not about a single person. It involves number of officers with multiple stages. Depending on the project, sometimes we need to communicate with the officers in Delhi. The communication is all in writing. Even in the internet era things happen at a stipulated period because everyone is multitasking. So, the priorities decide which file will move first. So, all this takes time and that frustrates people who are associated with the project but are not part of the government. Most of the projects are done with participation of other organisations or subsidiary organisations. They then come up with the perception that it is difficult to implement a plan. Implementation is government takes time   it is not difficult.

How have things changed in terms of pace in the governance in the past two decades?
A lot. Computers have revolutionised everything. Paperless work takes less time. Approvals takes lesser time. The time frame overall has been shortened and that has helped people to a large extent. Many services are now available online and that has helped people largely. So yes, the working and functioning of the government has changed in the past two decades.

How has technology helped in good governance?
Hugely. As I have told you there are things that used to take at least two days to actualise, but now take minutes. So, the pace is fast and the results are quick. This makes people happy. 

What is the most satisfying moment in a day-to-day dealing?  
While dealing with the public if some person is facing problems and I could help him in any way to sort out things to his satisfaction that makes me very happy and satisfied. I would like to walk the extra mile if I could do something to help someone.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I like reading. Besides, theater travelling and music are my favourite pass time activities. I like sports too.  

What is close to your heart other than your government work?
I like metaphysics. The concepts and theories make me think. I strongly believe that it works. I have studied about it so my interest lies there.

What kind of music you prefer in your free time?
Anything which helps me relax is good music to me. I believe music has the power to rejuvenate. This helps to get back to work with more energy and vigour.

What are your aims and objectives that you would like to achieve in your current position?
I have handled issues related to crime against women, children and weaker sections of society. I worked for prevention and detection of crime against women. I got an opportunity to work with Juvenile Justice Committee of Allahabad High Court. I developed the website for Home Department-   www.uphome.gov.in. The site highlighted the issues pertaining to women and children and the efforts made by the State Government. 
I have experience to handle POCSO Act, Juvenile Justice Act, Women and Child rights in coordination. With UNICEF and Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow organised a training programme for police personnel and law officers on the relevant Acts and GOs. I have coordinated efforts in combating Human Trafficking and played a significant role in establishing 35 Anti Human Trafficking Units in UP This includes 20 Child Friendly Police Stations and trained more than 7000 stake holders including police, magistrates and law officers in all the districts of UP and sensitise them about the issues. The Victim Compensation Scheme was put in place and made fully functional as per the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court,  and UP became one of the pioneer states to do so.  Human trafficking was made punishable under the UP Goonda Act and UP Gangster Act. All the schemes need to be monitored and as a part of Women and Child development Ministry, I would want to ensure that these are practiced smoothly.