For efficiency, PMO seeks details of ministerial panels, task forces

Written by Timsy Jaipuria | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 10 2014, 07:07am hrs
Taking another step to reduce redundancies in the government, the Prime Ministers Office has asked all ministries to give details of the existing high-level committees, task forces, departmental schemes and missions including information on their achievements by September 19.

The move, in line with Narendra Modi governments motto of minimum government, maximum governance, comes after the scrapping of empowered groups of ministers (EGoMs) set up by the previous UPA government and the decision to replace the Planning Commission with a super think-tank. A recent circular issued by the PMO, and reviewed by fe, read: The government is striving to provide a thrust to the development process and remodel implementation structures for improving efficiency and efficacy.. in this regard, it is felt necessary to review outcomes of various task forces and high-level committees. The move might lead to either scrapping of a few of such committees, and merger of departmental schemes and missions to make their reach more effective and constructive.

The details sought include the panels composition, tenure, purpose and present state as well as major decisions taken by them. Outcomes, achievements by them and how far these decisions have been implemented will also need to be explained.

The letter sent by the secretary to the PM, R Ramanujam, also asked the specific dates of the meetings of these task forces and year- wise fund allocation in the 12th Five-year Plan and the actual year-wise expenditure.

Announcing the decision to scrap nine EGoMs and 21 GoMs, the PMO had earlier said this would expedite the process of decision-making and usher in greater accountability in the system.

Now that these ministerial groups are abolished, all the ministries and departments have started processing the issues that were pending before the panels to take appropriate decisions at the level of ministries and departments itself. In special cases, the cabinet secretariat and the PMO have been empowered to facilitate the decision-making process.