In a bid to set an example for better accountability in the organisation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari is set to file a report of the work done by him in the past year. He has also asked office-bearers, prabharis and cell heads to report on their work.
This apart, to facilitate quicker feedback on work done, 11 state BJP offices will be connected with the central office via video-conferencing on Monday, to be extended to all state offices soon.
“The BJP president will file a report sometime in January, 2011,” said a leader known to be close to Gadkari. “He believes there should be reporting methodology and accountability.”
Sources say the report is likely to list some of his initiatives like the beginning of large-scale training programmes for activists; the development of curricula to inform them about economic challenges, history and nationalism; the launch of Antyodaya, or a network of schemes aimed at the “welfare of the last man”. Gadkari had announced soon after taking over that there would be a “performance audit’ within the organisation, wherein those who were working hard would be rewarded and promoted.
While some leaders believe that the president is bringing a new accountability and work-culture in a party that was seen to be pulling in different directions, others feel Gadkari has a penchant for the language of management, and tries to see politics in managerial terms, something that is unlikely to bear fruit. “But we should not hastento run him down,” said a senior leader. “The environment in the organisation is better now. His interpersonal relations with most of us are comfortable.”