UPA hires facilitators for ministries

Management, industry experts will work as independent consultants

Starting with the performance monitoring and evaluation system (PMES) launched last year, the cabinet secretariat has now introduced facilitators––experts in the field of management, industry etc––to help the ministries. This is a step from the Result Framework Document, prepared by as many as 62 departments in 2009-10 for more efficient and effective functioning.

The PMES––for which the prime minister has opened a separate department headed by a secretary-level officer within the cabinet secretariat –– was one of the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission headed by Union law minister M Veerappa Moily.

The department of performance management has created a pool of about 30 experts drawn from different fields and recently conducted a workshop for them on their functions. These experts are available for the ministries, depending on their area of work, for consultation. The facilitators include eminent professors from the Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad and Bangalore and other reputable Indian consultants working abroad.

The pool was drawn up by Prajapati Trivedi, secretary, department of performance evaluation, cabinet secretariat and Arun Meira, member, Planning Commission.
Amongst the facilitators include A Arindam Bhattacharya, managing director of Boston Consulting Group, business strategy advisor Ramesh C Jain, strategy expert Shankar Venkateshan and Jagdeep Chhokar, former dean and director-in charge of IIM, Ahm-edabad.

Speaking to Deccan Herald on Saturday, Chhokar said his task would be to assist the ministry/department in preparing its strategic plan. “This is voluntary on the part of the ministries. As far as I am concerned, two ministries have already asked me for consultation. There is a time-frame for preparing these plans”.
Several experts have informed that they will not charge for their work, considering it a public service.

Said an official of the cabinet secretariat: “At the beginning of each financial year, each department will prepare a Results-Framework Document consisting of the priorities set out by the ministry concerned, agenda as spelt out in the manifesto if any, President’s address to Parliament and announcements/agenda as spelt out by the government from time to time.

“To achieve results commensurate with the priorities listed in the RFD, the ministry will prepare the proposed activities and schemes for the ministry/department. The ministers in charge will approve the corresponding success indicators and time-bound targets to measure the progress in achieving these objectives.”
As for 2010-11, all the 62 departments submitted their respective action plans about two months ago.
DH News Service

*The department of performance management has created a pool of about 30
experts drawn from different fields
*These experts are available for the ministries, depending on their area of work, for consultation.
*The facilitators include eminent professors from the Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad and Bangalore and other reputable Indian consultants working abroad
*There is a time-frame for preparing these plans

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