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Monday, Sep 07, 2020 13:45 [IST]

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday, September 2, approved Mission Karmayogi which is a skill-building scheme aimed at improving the training mechanism of government officials/civil servants to help them tackle the evolving challenges of the society.

According to PM Modi, the Mission – also known as the National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB) – promises to “radically improve the human resource management practices in the government and use scale and state-of-the-art infrastructure to augment the capacity of civil servants.” Mission Karmayogi will help end subjective evaluation and ensure scientifically-devised, objective and real-time assessment of employees. It focuses on individual (civil servants) and institutional capacity building. It will be open to all government employees for their re-skilling under which they would also be encouraged to upgrade themselves with their domain, and improve their functional and behavioural competencies.

At the apex of Mission Karmayogi is the Prime Minister's Public Human Resources (HR) Council, comprising the PM, selected Union ministers, chief ministers, and HR practitioners. The Council will be tasked to approve and monitor capacity-building programmes, as well as review the performance of employees regularly. It will have some state chief ministers, cabinet ministers and experts from various fields as members. There will also be a commission, followed by a special-purpose vehicle that will manage all the digital assets under the plan and create a marketplace for content for better training of government employees.

This is an important initiative to reorient and sensitize our bureaucracy, which is often seen as inefficient and marred by red-tapism. Government jobs are viewed as the ultimate sinecures, with little accountability. Introducing regular training and evaluation programmes would help improve performance, thus leading to better governance. For the employees too, this could be an opportunity to enhance their skills and stay abreast with the latest developments in their respective fields. For those who do not cut the slack, the plan could make it easier to identify them and take tough corrective action.

The latest move follows the current government’s earlier efforts to improve governance by hiring subject experts from outside the civil services to fill key positions. Lateral hiring promises to bring greater expertise and professionalism in our bureaucracy, which needs to match the level of performance of the private sector. On a broader level, reforms to improve the government's human resource capabilities should help make the administration more responsive and facilitate the implementation of state policies.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi