Special Purpose Vehicle for Mission Karmayogi | 24 Jun 2021

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Recently, a three-member task force has been formed to help the government in bringing major bureaucratic reforms through its ambitious “Mission Karmayogi”.

Key Points

  • About:
    • The Centre has recently approved the ‘National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building – Mission Karmayogi’ to effect a transformational shift from rule based training to role-based capacity development of all civil services in the country.
      • The Programme also aims to enhance citizen experience for government services and improve availability of competent workforce.
    • To effectively roll out this competency driven mission, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), namely ‘Karmayogi Bharat’, would be set up as a not-for-profit company.
      • It will be set up under section 8 of Companies Act, 2013 as a 100% government-owned entity.
      • The SPV will be responsible to deliver and manage design, implement, enhance and manage a digital platform and infrastructure, manage and deliver competency assessment services, and manage governance of telemetry data and ensure provision of monitoring and evaluation.
    • The task force shall submit its recommendations on organisational structure for the SPV aligning its vision, mission and functions.
  • About Mission Karmayogi:
    • Aim and Objectives:
      • It is aimed at building a future-ready civil service with the right attitude, skills and knowledge, aligned to the vision of New India.
      • It aims to prepare Indian civil servants for the future by making them more creative, constructive, imaginative, proactive, innovative, progressive, professional, energetic, transparent, and technology-enabled.
    • Reason for Mission:
      • At present bureaucracy is facing challenges like- Rule orientation, political interference, inefficiency with promotions, and generalist and specialist conflict.
      • To change the status quo of civil services and bring about the long pending civil services reforms.
    • Features of the scheme:
      • Tech-Aided: The capacity building will be delivered through iGOT Karmayogi digital platform, with content drawn from global best practices.
      • Coverage: The scheme will cover 46 lakh central government employees, at all levels, and involve an outlay of Rs. 510 crores over a five-year period.
      • Shift from Rules to Roles: The programme will support a transition from “rules-based to roles-based” Human Resource Management (HRM) so that work allocations can be done by matching an official’s competencies to the requirements of the post.
      • Integrated Initiative: Eventually, service matters such as confirmation after probation period, deployment, work assignments and notification of vacancies will all be integrated into the proposed framework.
  • Other Bureaucratic Reforms:
    • The Government has ended the hegemony of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the apex bureaucratic cadre, with respect to appointments at the level of joint secretary (JS).
      • Instead, appointments to posts have been drawn from other cadres also like the Indian Revenue Service, Indian Accounts and Audit Service and the Indian Economic Service.
    • Similarly, the Union government has also encouraged lateral induction of personnel from the private sector.

Source: FE