The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new programme termed as “Mission Karmayogi,” a comprehensive Civil Services reforms programme aimed at better service delivery to the public. The programme aims to prepare the Indian civil servants for the future by making them more creative, constructive and citizen-friendly.
“The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the new National Architecture for Civil Services Capacity Building called “Mission Karmayogi” that aims to transform the capacity building apparatus at the individual, institutional and process levels at Government of India,” said a press release.
To cover around 46 lakh central employees, a sum of Rs.510.86 crore will be spent over a period of 5 years from 2020-21 to 2024-25.
According to the government, the fundamental focus of the reform is the creation of a ‘citizen centric civil service’ capable of creating and delivering services conducive to economic growth and public welfare. The new programme also aims to create a “Role-based training” instead of “Rule-based training. In the new programme a greater thrust has been laid on behavioural changes.
“The National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building has been so designed that it remains entrenched in Indian Culture and sensibilities while drawing learning resources from the best institutions and practices from across the world,” added the release.
A Public Human Resources Council under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, with Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, eminent HR practitioners, national and international experts would oversee the entire capacity building exercise.
An expert body called Capacity Building Commission will be set up to harmonize training standards, create shared faculty and resources, and have a supervisory role over all Central Training Institutions.
Special Purpose Vehicle
A Special Purpose Vehicle, SPV will be set up as Section 8, not for profit company which will own and manage the iGOT-Karmayogi platform. The SPV will own all Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on behalf of the government.
The Programme will be delivered by setting up an integrated government online training- iGOT Karmayogi Platform. The iGOT model was tried successfully during Covid situation for training health professionals. More than 12.73 lakh health workers completed 17.66 lakh courses of varied durations within a span of 3 months.
Besides capacity building, service matters like confirmation after probation period, deployment, work assignment and notification of vacancies etc. would eventually be integrated with the proposed competency framework.