India’s performance monitoring system interests Saarc nations

India’s performance monitoring system interests Saarc nations

New Delhi: India’s swift implementation of a sophisticated Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) for government departments has generated interest among Saarc countries for which New Delhi is organising a workshop on 30 March.

Senior policy makers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan besides Saarc secretary general Sheel Kant Sharma will attend the two-day workshop to be inaugurated by cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar.

“The primary goal of the workshop is to share knowledge and experience on Government Performance Management practices in Saarc countries," the cabinet secretariat, which is organising the workshop, said.

Besides building the capacity of senior government officials for setting up a government Performance Management system in the SAARC countries, the workshop is expected to explore institutional arrangements for sharing of best practices on an ongoing basis, it said.

Under the PMES in India, at the beginning of each financial year, each Department prepares a Result-Framework Document (RFD) consisting of priorities set out by the ministry concerned and the Minister in-charge decides the priority among the departmental objectives.

In the Phase I of the implementation in 2009-10, 59 ministries and departments out of a total of 84 are being covered under PMES. As many as 62 departments and ministries have already prepared their respective RFDs for 2010-11, the Cabinet Secretariat said.