CMP-Compliance Tests Begin July 5

Updated: Jun 28 2004, 06:01am hrs
Knowing the 24-page common minimum programme backwards helped BK Chaturvedi get the Prime Ministerial nodover nine othersand become cabinet secretary.

The news spread. Some secretaries aiming to cross-over to more important departments made the CMP documentbesides the ubiquitous IAS civil list part of bed-time reading. Additional secretaries, expecting promotion due to retirements among their seniors, followed suit.

A new test starts on July 5. The Prime Minister is beginning a review of Central ministries on the CMP front.

Result Senior civil servants spent the weekend mapping the deliverables that their ministry or department (can) provide for the CMP. Some found their sector doesnt have a single mention. After some despair, these resourceful minds decided to peg themselves to core ideas in the document. Seniors in these ministries promised FE that they will build a compelling case this week, in fact, try and create greater raison detre in the changed dispensation.

The spotlight returned on the CMP after a national advisory council was created last week to assist chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The government hired Arun Bhatnagar, an IAS officer of the same batch as the cabinet secretary, as CMP secretary. Bhatnagar, an outgoing personnel secretary, will have the power to initiate policy and legislative inputs for the implementation of the CMP. Sources close to him said he will hit the ground running after his formal superannuation from the IAS on June 30. Two serving joint secretaries will assist him and the secretariats funding would come out of the Prime Ministers Office. Bhatnagar, Chaturvedi and Prime Ministers principal secretary TKA Nair will form the bureaucratic troika at the top.

An initial idea was to house the CMP secretariat at Vigyan Bhawan. This idea has been dropped and bungalows on Thiagraj Marg (see pic), Tughlaq Road and Motilal Nehru Marg are the front runners.