Outcome budget uncertain

New Delhi, Aug 2 | Updated: Aug 3 2005, 05:30am hrs
The outcome budget, scheduled to be announced by the finance minister last month, has been delayed because of the Planning Commissions insistence on obtaining the bureaucracys written confirmation that all the goals laid down by the ministries in the outcome budget are within reach.

Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has asked all his divisional advisors to get in touch with the secretaries of the ministries and departments under their charge and get this confirmation.

Speaking to FE, senior officials said that since the outcome budget was a commitment being made to the nation, the Planning Commission wanted to ensure that it was on target. One good way of ensuring results is to make the bureaucracy directly responsible for the outcome of projects. If senior bureaucrats make promises in writing, they would try their best to ensure that they are kept, an official said.

Recognising the seriousness of the written word, secretaries have written to their political bosses seeking approval for what they promise in writing.

The idea behind the outcome budget is to evaluate the effectiveness of expenditure under various heads of departments and ministries.