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‘Monitoring and evaluation in govt. a priority’

Former Home Secretary K. Padmanabhaiah flanked by Prajapati Trivedi, adjunct Professor of Public Policy, ISB, former Defence Secretary Yogendra Narain and former Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, Pawan Chopra, at the symposium in Hyderabad, on Friday.- Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Former Home Secretary K. Padmanabhaiah flanked by Prajapati Trivedi, adjunct Professor of Public Policy, ISB, former Defence Secretary Yogendra Narain and former Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, Pawan Chopra, at the symposium in Hyderabad, on Friday.- Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Senior bureaucrats with vast experience in different areas of governance shared their insights drawn from years of service at a symposium held at the Indian School of Business (ISB) here on Friday.

At the symposium on ‘international experience with monitoring and evaluation in Government’, organised by Bharti Institute of Public Policy, they presented their study on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experience in the United Kingdom, Brazil and Malaysia. Experts said that monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the Government was increasingly the norm across developing and developed nations.

Retired Union Home Secretary K. Padmanabhaiah said that the lines between Government and private enterprises were blurred. As they had evaporated with preference for public-private partnerships in ventures across governance and development, accountability came to the fore. India needs 3-tier M&E mechanisms across the Centre, State and local body levels, apart from having Public Service Agreements (PSAs) on development priorities, cross-cutting across line departments. In the Indian context,

“People worked in silos and no one knew what the other was doing, leading to confusion,” he said. On his study of M&E in the UK, he narrated how, between the years 1997 and 2010, and focus between 2008 and 2011, the administration started with 17 PSAs with 560 targets. But the focus narrowed soon, while the number of PSAs grew to 30, he pointed out.

UK’s broad focus today is ‘sustainable growth and prospects (7 PSAs), fairness and equal opportunity to all (10 PSAs), stronger communication and better quality of life (9 PSAs) and a more secure, fair and environmentally-sustainable world (4 PSAs)’, Mr. Padmanabhaiah said. Indian prioritisation of issues was good and innovative, with an appreciable degree of success as the country’s administration went on its journey of evolving a composite index.

Lines between government and private enterprises are blurred, says former Home Secretary


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