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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Modi's govt puts in place appraisal system for ministers

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 02, 2014
First Published: 23:20 IST(2/6/2014) | Last Updated: 23:42 IST(2/6/2014)

To ensure that the National Democratic Alliance government ranks high on people centric performance, the work of the ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government would be rated in 'corporate style' evaluation on annual basis.

The Narendra Modi government has decided to continue with performance appraisal of ministers and their ministries based on the targets set up by the cabinet secretariat.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had started Results Framework Document (RFD) for all ministries in the UPA-2 but it failed to take off as the ministers resisted their evaluation. In the last five years, the ministers' performance was evaluated only once and the exercise was junked after Gulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni resisted after getting a poor ranking.

With the change in government, cabinet secretary Ajit Seth, whose term was extended by six months on Monday --- has found a taker for the 'corporate-style' appraisal mechanism in new PM Modi.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi firmly believes that transparency and accountability are the two cornerstones of any pro-people government. Transparency and accountability not only connect the people closer to the government but also make them equal and integral part of decision making," says the cabinet secretary's website on performance appraisal of the government ministries.

The highest bureaucratic office of the country would set performance targets for the ministries based on inputs received by from respective departments. A Results-Framework Document (RFD) is record of understanding between a minister representing the people's mandate, and the secretary of a department responsible for implementing that mandate, a senior government official said. 

The document would include not only agreed objectives and projects but also success indicators and targets to measure progress in implementing the objectives. It would indicate at end of a financial year department wise outcome of the objectives set and ranking of each ministry. Those who achieve 100% would be ranked excellent and those achieving 60% target would be rated as poor.

A senior government official said the Prime Minister has been briefed about the appraisal mechanism and he had sought ministry wise evaluation reports on a regular basis. The yearly appraisal report will also be presented to the PM.


Appraisal System
Vision: Big picture of what the minister wants the organisation to look like in future
Mission: The steps to be taken to achieve the vision in long term
Objectives: Broad targets specified for the ministry in 12th Five Year Plan, President's address to Parliament and what would be achieved in a financial year.
Action: Time-bound specific steps to be taken to ensure that the objectives are met.
Impact: The change policy initiatives have brought in the society
Ranking: Excellent (100%), Very Good (90%), Good (80%), Fair (70%) and Poor (60%)


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