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Accountable Performance, D Day is Finally Here

Accountable Performance, D Day is Finally Here

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Published by Prajapati Trivedi
This articles descibes Prime Minister's Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) for Government Departments.
This articles descibes Prime Minister's Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) for Government Departments.

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THE GROWTH OF GRAFT
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A NEW BILL OF
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The Prime Minister and his A Team on governance areon the path to accomplishing the most revolutionary changein the Indian administrative system since Independence.
GOVERNMENTPERFORMANCE
Prajapati Trivedi
Secretary, Performance Management
Manmohan SinghKM Chandrasekhar 
Cabinet Secretary
 
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RIVENby the belief thatnations and governments thatdo not perform are doomed,ultimately, to perish under the weight of their own inefficiency and bureaucraticsloth, Prime Minister Manmohan Singhhas finally taken the bull of maladminis-tration by the horns. In a no-nonsensedirective innocuously labelled“Performance Monitoring andEvaluation System (PMES) forGovernment Departments”, dated11/9/2009, he has ordered his CabinetSecretary to undertake what could be themost ambitious and challenging taskever assigned to any head of bureaucra-cy: Every department and ministry will,in a time-bound manner, prepare aResults-Framework Document (RFD).The helmsman for this project is for-mer Harvard Professor and World Bankeconomist Prajapati Trivedi, who has thenew title, Secretary, PerformanceManagement, and works in close coop-eration with Prime Minister ManmohanSingh, Deputy Chairman of thePlanning Commission Montek SinghAhluwalia, and Cabinet Secretary KMChandrasekhar. This could arguably bethe most happening mission everundertaken by the Indian governmentduring the last 63 years.Shorn of bureaucratese, RFD means:Are you implementing the administra-tive agenda? Are you keeping deadlines?Are you showing results? If not, why
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accountable performance
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affairs of the heart, aspiration, des-peration and two tough ministers
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the conduct rules for civil servantsare a veritable curse
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the not so strange case of how thelaw applies unequally to all
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the under side of liberalization — it’seasier to squirrel away black money
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can the intellectuals rejuvenate ddand air?
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in a first, community radio getscrackling in rajasthan
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L
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will the changes to the wlpa benefitor harm wildlife?
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mk ranjitsinh describes the bhopalgas leak and other experiences
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a fascinating biography of shinde
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we launch a section on the people’sexperience of governance
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heartburn over an ad, a scam cover-up, and wrongdoing in ignca and air
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COVER PHOTOS: RAJEEV DABRAL, PIB &SHARAD SAXENA
D-DAYISFINALLYHERE
HOLDINGministries and bureaucrats accountable for result-oriented implementationof governance is no longer a dream in an opium den—it is happening here, now, andwith an urgency, planning and purpose never before undertaken in the history of mod-ern India.This exclusive report by
Anil Tyagi
shows how this exercise, directly under thePrime Minister’s control, is shaking up the whole system of governance from top to bot-tom and could benchmark the most serious implementation of administrative reformsever attempted in independent India.
Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5Column 6ObjectiveWeightActionsSuccess UnitWeightTarget / Criteria ValueIndicatorExcellentVeryGoodFairPoorGood100%90%80%70% 60%Objective 1Action 1Action 2Action 3Objective 2Action 1Action 2Action 3Objective 3Action 1Action 2Action 3
Table 1 - Format of the Results-Framework Document (RFD)
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HEREis a core belief among some of the most perspi-cacious analysts of the India Story that, notwithstand-ing recurring positive economic indicators, this nationlags woefully behind the rest of the developed world notbecause of the bane of terrorism, labour problems or population growth butbecause of the failure of the governmental mechanism to deliver. In short:No implementation.This problem – it keeps India poor, unequal, divided, violent, polluted,unhygienic, malnourished, unjust – has been recognized by successive gov-ernments. Many leaders have tried in earnest to look for solutions: Policereforms, administrative reforms, pay commissions, restructuring courses atthe IAS Academy. They have failed. The huge bureaucracy that governs thisland of over one billion people has continued to bloat without giving any con-crete measurable results.The major predicament has beenthe mismatch – the seminal discon-nect – between the whims of thepolitician who thinks he’s the person-al rather than Constitutional boss of the civil servant, and the bureaucratwho is sworn to serve the public inter-est. The personal agenda of a politi-cian and the public mandate of thegovernment servant are often at vari-ance. A politician bent upon treating the state as his personal milch cow is hard-ly expected to “reward” a dissenting IAS or IPS or Customs officer for standingup to him in the interests of the law of the land and his mandated duty.This has stood the whole system of reward and punishment on its head. Andin this scenario, performance and accountability become relative terms. Thisweek’s cover story, unearthed by Editor Anil Tyagi, is by any definition a barnburner. It shows how Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his A Team on gov-ernance have finally grabbed the bull by the horns and may be on the path toaccomplishing the most revolutionary change in the Indian administrative sys-tem since Independence. Changes that could impact every man, woman, andchild in this country by freeing the bureaucracy from the stranglehold of polit-ical vested interests.This is all happening within the system. The politician is here to stay. Butunder a new performance management system he will have to develop a vest-ed interest in making sure that his Ministry performs in the national interestsrather than according to personalized ad-hoc instructions. How? Through aunique new arrangement, henceforth a Minister and a government Secretarywill have to agree on the vision, objectives and parameters for judging the suc-cess or failure of that Ministry, with consequential carrots and sticks for both.This is the advent of a bold new world in which the civil servant and his politi-cal boss will be bound to national objectives and performance yardsticks bywhat is virtually a performance contract with the nation.This is being described as a new Bill of Rights for government servants. Letus hope that it is institutionalized, perhaps even given Constitutional sanction.If that happens it could become a new Bill of Rights for the nation.
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