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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Fiscal policy institute to come up in Haryana

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 09, 2013
First Published: 19:01 IST(9/7/2013) | Last Updated: 19:03 IST(9/7/2013)

The Haryana government has proposed to set up a state-of-the-art institute of fiscal policy under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act for contributing in the process of policy-making relating to public finance.

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The institute will have an advanced centre on planning and evaluation where training related to result framework document (RFD) will be imparted.

The Haryana government in collaboration with the performance management division of Government of India announced this at a workshop on performance management in United States and World Bank on Tuesday.

Director, performance excellence, US department of commerce, Christine Helfin, said after the passing of Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) in 1993, the federal government in United States has gradually expanded the use of performance management techniques, culminating with the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 which provides workable framework. 

Helfin credited the success of Barack Obama administration to this legislation and said it was a comprehensive tool of measuring performance management.

She said office of management and budget (OMB) has a pivotal role in the implementation of the act and also in the leadership of entire performance system.

Christine said with the successful implementation of GPRA Modernization Act, the crime rate in US has reduced considerably.

Sector Manager for Public Sector Institutional Reform, World Bank, William Dorotinsky suggested to Haryana finance secretary Sanjeev Kaushal that financial and technical guidance for setting up of the proposed state of the art institute could be sought from International Monetary Fund (IMF) of the World Bank through Union ministry of finance.

Additional chief secretary, public works department SC Chaudhary said Haryana was among the few states who had implemented performance management in government departments. He said RFD was being implemented in 39 departments of Haryana.

To bring more transparency and openness in the process, annual citizen's satisfaction survey would be conducted which would display most of the financial and performance information, he said.

For this purpose, the state government has already engaged Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) under Empowerment Scheme of Planning department.

Haryana finance secretary Sanjeev Kaushal said the state government implemented the performance management and evaluation system (PMES) for its administrative departments in 2012.

He said under the system, each department was evaluated in the middle or the end of each financial year. The committee constituted under the chairmanship of the chief secretary would start the review work of RFD of 39 departments within a fortnight, he added.

Haryana government has proposed to set up a state-of-the-art institute of fiscal policy under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act for contributing in the process of policy-making relating to public finance.


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