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Ministry reviews a costly affair

delhi Updated: Jul 21, 2011 00:15 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
Chetan Chauhan

The review of performance of ministries will cost the government Rs 2,80,000 per meeting of the ad-hoc task force constituted for the job.

The government has created a separate Department for Performance Management in Cabinet Secretariat to review performance on each government departments based on pre-determined parameters.

The department has set up ad-hoc task force for reviewing the performance of ministries in six different sectors for trade, industry and services, resource management, social services, human development and agriculture and rural development.

Each task force has 10 to 12 members having expertise in the specific area including many retired bureaucrats such as former chief secretary of Himachal Asha Swarop and academicians such as G Ramesh of IIM, Bangalore. In all, there are 72 members.

In an order issued on June 26, the Cabinet Secretariat decided to enhance the sitting fee and conveyance charges for the members. As per the revised rates, each member will get Rs 3,500 as sitting charge and Rs 500 as conveyance charge for each meeting.

If this Rs 4,000 is multiplied with number of members it comes out to be Rs 2,80,000 for each meeting.

In addition, the members will able to seek Rs 5,000 per day as boarding and lodging charges. However, the order does not specify whether only outstation members will be able to seek reimbursement or even those from Delhi and its neighbourhood.

The order comes a few days after finance ministry issued a circular on austerity to be observed by the Central government ministries.