The route to the next promotion for a babu will be through the classroom. The government has finally looked beyond the higher echelons of the bureaucracy to make it mandatory for all civil servants to undergo a training course before they can lay claim to a promotion.
The move — part of the National Training Policy finalised this year — requires all ministries to designate one senior officer as its training officer who would be responsible for the body’s training schedule for each year.
It is the third training policy drawn up by the government since the eighties when former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi drew the nation’s attention to this aspect and introduced the concept of mid-career training for the senior levels of the bureaucracy. The new policy, however, is the first with a built-in mechanism for close monitoring.
This exercise would require the department to first document the skill-sets required at different levels and then draw up training plans for the short and medium term.
The overarching training framework enunciated in the National Training Policy (NTP) 2012 is ‘Competency Framework’. Implementation of this concept would bring to light various ‘competency gaps’ of employees that need to be bridged through a range of ‘training interventions’,” joint secretary at the department of personnel and training Upma Srivastava said in her letter to all departments this week.
The second administrative reforms commission had highlighted how the entire training effort had been directed at a handful of elite services such as the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service. The rest were left to whims of individual departments and cadre-controlling authorities.
So there were some that did undergo an occasional training course but there were also lakhs of others who had not even been trained even at the entry level.
Under the new national policy, every department will have to create a training cell with human resources and capacity building professionals under the designated training manager. This team would have to draw up annual training plans across all ranks in its department including specialised training relevant to subjects under the department’s charge.
The guidelines also require officers to be put through rigorous training for a longer duration to prepare the recruits for specific responsibilities they are expected to execute.
Cadre-controlling authorities will also have to introduce career-linked mandatory training.