AP Move To Make Govt Employees Accountable For Their Deeds

Hyderabad, January 21: | Updated: Jan 22 2003, 05:30am hrs
In a significant move to provide legislative sanction to its efforts to make the government employees accountable for their deeds, the Andhra Pradesh government has proposed to bring amendments to the AP Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1963 and APCS (CCA) Rules, 1991.

The proposed amendment Bill is expected to be tabled in the forthcoming session of the state assembly, according to state Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

"This would enhance the responsibility of the government employees," the Chief Minister said speaking on the theme of "Performance-based budgeting from spending money to delivery results" at the MCHRD Institute here on Tuesday.

Nearly 11 lakh employees in 300 and odd government departments will be brought under the purview of the new legislation. Mr Naidu further said that the focus of the legislation would be to return to people-centric governance rather than regulation-dominated regime.

Explaining the performance budget, Mr Naidu said that the salient features will be:

* funding outcomes rather than inputs

* assessment of results by available indicators

* holding managers responsible for performance

* providing flexibility to managers to innovate and manage

* medium and long term view of use of resources

* effort to infuse a culture of making difference rather than keeping busy.

He also said that the government is keen on getting ideas and suggestions from the government employees. "We want ideas at least 300 from all the government departments. At least 275 of them can be useful and help us to cut the cost of administration and servicing the establishment," he said.

In his efforts to rope in the government employees in his task of rejuvenating the AP economy, Mr Naidu had already implemented the first phase of economic reforms and also increased the pace of disinvestments in the state level public enterprises (SLPE). With the World Bank assistance Mr Naidu had also undertaken a massive power sector reforms and also e-governance utilities to contain corruption in administration.