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War on corruption now part of babus’ job

Aloke Tikku, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 20, 2011
First Published: 22:56 IST(20/2/2011) | Last Updated: 22:57 IST(20/2/2011)

In a move to force departments to make systemic changes to remove opportunities for corruption, the cabinet secretariat will make it mandatory for them to identify at least three areas of corruption by mid-April every year and take steps to plug the loopholes over the year.

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The three areas will have to be mentioned in a document —”Results Framework Document” — where departments are required to list out the targets to be achieved during the year.

At the end of the year, the department’s performance — and indirectly, that of the minister in-charge, secretary and joint secretaries — is measured against this list of targets. From next year, civil servants in departments that perform well and save the exchequer money will also start receiving monetary incentives.

Beginning this April, a senior government official said, it had been decided to ask secretaries of the departments to mention three areas where officials could be making money, and suggest improvements.

“The idea is to force department secretaries to look within and identify areas which are susceptible to corruption,” the official at cabinet secretariat said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made the practice of setting annual objectives mandatory for all but a handful of ministries including defence, home and finance.

Performance of nearly 59 ministries was evaluated under this system in November 2009-March 2010. One-third of them were found to have performed less than average but their details were kept a secret.

Over 60 ministries have been covered under this exercise this year and the system is expected to cover nearly 700 autonomous and attached offices under the departments over the next year or two.

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