Letter to Alexander Tsiurupa, February 20–21, 1922

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 20 February 1922


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First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 35, pages 535-542.

PROPOSAL FOR THE DRAFT DIRECTIVE TO THE NARROW COUNCIL OF PEOPLE’S COMMISSARS

Comrade Tsyurupa,

I send yon my addition. My advice is to get brief comments from all People’s Commissars and all members of the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars by Thursday.

Yours,

Lenin

A special supplementary decision should lay down: The principal task of the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars must be strict watchfulness that the People’s Commissariats (1) observe the laws, (2) do not evade responsibility by needlessly transferring a mass of unnecessary questions to the Narrow Council for decision, but should decide the questions themselves, on their own responsibility or by agreement between two or more People’s Commissariats under ordinary procedure; (3) checking the legality, expediency and rapidity of individual instructions and acts of the People’s Commissariats; the struggle against bureaucracy and red tape by such checking, and by persistent reduction of the number of officials.