Hon'ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Assalamualaikum and a very good afternoon.
As we are celebrating the 'Mujib Year' this year to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, the man who is Synonymous to Bangladesh, we are indeed, at the crossroads of history, moving steadily under the able leadership of Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, towards achieving the true vision of our struggle for independence, economic emancipation of the common people. The idea of Bangladesh centresaroundBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's struggle for the people and his vision to make 'Sonar Bangla' for his people whom he loved the most. People were at the centre of his entire life and work. His aim was to create a pool of civil servants who will be 'khadems’ of the people.
In line with his vision, Article 21 (b) of the Constitution of Bangladesh, lays down the duties of the Civil Servants as " Every Person in the service of the Republic has a duty to strive at all times to serve the People”. To materialize this vision of the Father of the Nation, public service needs to be administered and strengthened to cater the evolving needs of the Republic and its People. Proper management of the human resources is of utmost significance in making a civil service people oriented.
Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's vision for a 'Digital Bangladesh' has appeared to be at the forefront of Bangladesh's strive for development. Using the gifts of science and technology to provide better and faster service is the core component of digitalization. Bangladesh’s success in digitalization has received accolades from the people and global recognition. The digitalization process truly conjoins Bangabandhu's vision and the Hon'ble Prime Minister's goals in providing better service to the people.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken a number of steps in digitalizing its services. Among these efforts, 'Dutabas' app is one of the most remarkable achievements. Implementation of iBAS++ in financial management of the Ministry and Bangladesh Missions abroad is also going on. Implementation of E-nothi or electronic filing system has is underway. To add even more, this afternoon, I feel honored and privileged to be here with you all, in launching MANOS, the Human Resources Management Software (HRMS) of the Ministry.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching this as one of the earliest of the Ministries, in developing Human Resources Management Software, called MANOS, which is short for মানবসম্পদ. The beta version of MANOS is ready to be released. As I understand, the final version of the software will be ready by June. When fully functional, MANOS will provide the Government with all necessary data of the human resources in the Headquarters and the Missions. Physical distance of our colleagues working in furthest capitals will be overcome and their data will be at a click away.
Using this digital tool, decisions on the officials' postings, training, leave, promotion and even pension will be easier. Decision making process of personnel management will be smoother and faster than ever. I firmly believe, today’s enthusiastic ambiance will spread to all our colleagues working in the Ministry and the Missions abroad. I congratulate and commend everyone, who have worked tirelessly to make the initiative a reality. With this positive note, I officially announce, the launching of MANOS as a tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's memory. I believe, this launching will add colours to our Celebration ofthe 'Mujib Year-2020'.
It is very heartening to observe that the Foreign Ministry, as the pioneer organization, has taken another landmark initiative to stop usage of single-use plastic bottles.One-time-use plastic bottles considerably degrade environmental balance. Nonetheless, the usage of such bottles is increasing sporadically. These bottles when dumped after single-usage do not decompose completely even after hundreds of years; rather impedes the general ecological balance. This initiative is in sync with the environment policy formulated government in 2018 encouraging the usage and production of environment-friendly products.
I believe this tiny-first step will contribute immensely towards saving our environment in the coming days. We need to work proactively to reap the benefits of this venture.
Additional Information for the Suitable Use of the Hon'ble Foreign Minister
Features of MANOS:
•A digital tool to analyse our allocation of human resources across our Missions worldwide and within the eadquarter
• A tool to generate several reports instantaneously, that would have otherwise taken days to compile manually
• Online database of the personal information of all the officers, with the provision of updating the information from anywhere in the world
•Online professional/job-related records of all the officers
•A timeline of the whole service life of each officer
•An online repository for the job-related documents
•Records of job-related training at home and abroad for each officer
•Records of official travels for each officer
•Records of leave and lien of all the officers
•Records of the different kinds of publications/write-ups by the officers
•A digital portal to check the status of ACRs from anywhere in the world
•Records of disciplinary actions that were taken against any officer
• Overall, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would have done its part in the materialization of Vision-2021