Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is being innovative again - this time to ensure that all senior Railway officials take their work seriously, if they want a good performance appraisal.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is being innovative again – this time to ensure that all senior Railway officials take their work seriously, if they want a good performance appraisal. Yes, if you thought only private sector appraisal system was tough, Prabhu is bringing the performance evaluation of Railway officials at par.
This is a first of its kind system for the Indian Railways, in which officials will be held accountable on measurable parameters (Key Result Areas or KRAs). The new appraisal system is part of the announcements that Prabhu made in his Railway Budget speech this year.
In a circular that has been issued by the Railway Board, performance agreements are being signed with General Managers. The agreements have key performance indicators and annual targets for these senior railway officials.
From weightage for non-fare revenue, new traffic streams added to the freight loading and passenger traffic from the managers’ zone, the 100 marks system has a total of 18 stringent parameters on the basis of which the performance of the senior officials will be decided.
In image: 18 measurable parameters for performance
“General Managers would sign similar Annual Performance Agreements with their PHODs (Principal Head of Departments) and DRMs (Divisional Railway Managers). The performance of PHODs and DRMs with respect to Key Performance parameters will be measured and made a part of their Annual Performance Appraisal and included in their service records,” says the Railway Board circular accessed by FE Online.
“These agreements (i.e. MoUs) would be attached with Self Evaluation Reports of the General Managers and be analysed for determining overall performance rating,” the circular adds.