The administration has been grappling with a system to measure upshot of public outlay. The UPA government, under finance minister P Chidambaram, had come out with an outcome budget for two years, but discontinued the practice after facing criticism that the reports didn’t indicate how the expenditure had changed lives of people.
Modi, however, is keen that ministries measure outcome with May 2014 as the base as promised by him in BJP Parliamentary Party meeting. The official added that all the secretaries have been asked to tweak their presentations to include a specific component on measureable outcome. “If a new scheme is being proposed, the secretaries have to state how many people it would benefit,” he said. The secretaries have also been told to give a timeline.
This has caught some functionaries off-guard, as none of the ministries have a system to measure the change government expenditure brings to lives of beneficiaries.