Centre asks government departments in JK to prepare appraisal report

‘Results Framework Document To Bring Transparency, Accountability’

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Nov 12: In a move to make the Jammu and Kashmir government accountable and to keep watch on its functioning, the Government of India (GoI) has asked the state government to direct all its departments to prepare yearly performance appraisal report to be put in the public domain for rating and reaction.
The development comes at a time when reports of corruption in JK government are galore. According to officials in the Civil Secretariat, it would be for the first time that JK would prepare a report that would reflect the allocation of funds by the departments, distribution, achievements made, and much more.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that Prajapati Trivedi, Secretary to Government of India (Performance Management) in the Cabinet Secretariat, has been showing keen interest to see JK among rest of the nine States of India preparing the yearly document. “He has already given a go-ahead to the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in this regard,” a source privy to the development said.
Sources said many Indian States have started preparing “Results Framework Document” (RFD) also known as yearly appraisal report, on yearly basis on the directions of Centre. “The Centre's Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) that aims to increase accountability and effective implementation of the government policies requires every department of the State to prepare its RFD,” said a source. “The RFD of every department will make it clear whether the goals set at the beginning of the year have been met. Besides, it will also reflect the progress made at the end of a particular time period.”
Sources said the RFD can be used to determine the officials' performance and allocation of funds to the department as well. "If the department fails to achieve the promised goals, it could affect the performance and financial allocations,” they said. Chief Secretary Madhav Lal confirmed that the JK will join the race of preparing RFD from 2013. “The RFD will not just make the departments accountable but also lead to a healthy competition," he said.
He said Chief Minister was keen to see every department making its RFD or an appraisal report on yearly basis. “The process was supposed to begin in 2011, but due to some reasons it could not take off,” the Chief Secretary said.
He said the JK government would conduct a two-day workshop in December to teach the top and middle rung officers the methods to be adopted for preparing RFD. “Once the RFD is finalized, it will be put in the public domain for rating and reaction. We recently saw a media house rating the performance of the departments and ministries. In the similar style, people can rate the performance of every department (ministry) from next year,” Lal said.
Sources said RFD would become an effective tool in tackling the corruption in J&K. “Every department will have to show the fund allocation and distribution as well. Besides, the head of every department has to show achievements made out of the set target,” they said.
Sources said at least 14 departments including some key departments like Home, Health, Power and R&B will have to prepare RFD in J&K every year.
A top official, wishing not to be named, said the government can initiate serious action against the department in case it fails to prepare the annual RFD report. “What remains to be seen is how a State that is facing the charges of being second most corrupt state of India, would respond to the GoI’s directive,” the official said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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