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Insights into Editorial: Mission Karmayogi- National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building

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Context:

The Union Cabinet has approved ‘Mission Karmayogi’ – the National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB).

It is meant to be a comprehensive post-recruitment reform of the Centre’s human resource development. Similar to pre-recruitment changes in the form of the National Recruitment Agency.

Objective of the Mission Karmayogi:

It is aimed at building a future-ready civil service with the right attitude, skills and knowledge, aligned to the vision of New India.

It aims to prepare Indian civil servants for the future by making them more creative, constructive, imaginative, proactive, innovative, progressive, professional, energetic, transparent, and technology-enabled.

Comprehensive reform of the capacity building apparatus at the individual, institutional and process levels for efficient public service delivery.

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.

The expenditure is partly funded by multilateral assistance to the tune of $50 million.

Need for the introducing Mission:   

  1. As the Indian economy grows, it will get more complex to govern; the governance capacities will have to be enhanced proportionately which this reform undertakes.
  2. There is a need to develop domain knowledge besides administrative capacity in the bureaucracy.
  3. There is a need to formalize the recruitment process and match the public service to a bureaucrat’s competence, so as to find the right person for the right job.
  4. The plan is to begin right at the recruitment level and then invest in building more capacity through the rest of their career.
  5. The reforms in the Indian bureaucracy is the need of the hour and It is a major reform undertaken in recent years to transform it.

Impediments that need to correct in present Bureaucratic system:

  1. There is a tendency in the Bureaucracy to resist the change which challenges their status quo.
  2. The bureaucracy too must understand the need of domain knowledge and the importance of moving away from generalist to specialist approach.
  3. In today’s world the governance is getting technical with each passing day and hence it’s important that the person in authority too should have the requisite skill and experience in that particular area.
  4. Thus, there should be a behavioural change in the bureaucracy too and they must embrace the change as a need of the hour and not an attack on their status quo.
  5. Moreover, these online courses must not become another opportunity for the officers to go for the sabbatical leaves.
  6. It must be ensured that they are actually attending the courses and participating in it so that the purpose doesn’t get defeated.

About iGOT- Karmayogi platform:

The Karmyogi Programme will be delivered by setting up an Integrated Government Online Training (iGOT) Karmayogi Platform.

iGOT-Karmayogi is a continuous online training platform, which would allow all government servants from assistant secretary to secretary level to undergo continuous training, depending on their domain areas.

Courses from international universities will be made available on the platform for officers to take any time

The platform is expected to evolve into a vibrant and world-class market place for content where carefully curated and vetted digital e-learning material will be made available.

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.

Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) govern the iGOT-Karmayogi platform:

  1. There will be a wholly-owned Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which will govern the iGOT-Karmayogi platform. It will be set up under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013.
  2. The SPV will be a “not-for-profit” company and will own and manage iGOT-Karmayogi platform.
  3. The SPV will create and operationalise the content, market place and manage key business services of iGOT-Karmayogi platform, relating to content validation, independent proctored assessments and telemetry data availability.
  4. The SPV will own all Intellectual Property Rights on behalf of the Government of India.
  5. To create an ecosystem of shared training infrastructure including that of learning materials, institutions and personnel.
  6. To calibrate all Civil Service positions to a Framework of Roles, Activities and Competencies (FRACs) approach and to create and deliver learning content relevant to the identified FRACs in every Government entity.
  7. Enable adoption of modern technological tools such as digital platforms, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics.

Conclusion:

The ultimate aim of Mission Karmayogi is to ensure “Ease of Living” for the common man, “Ease of Doing Business” and Citizen-Centricity that is reducing the gap between the government and the citizens.

Mission Karmayogi aims to prepare the Indian Civil Servant for the future by making him more creative, constructive, imaginative, innovative, proactive, professional, progressive, energetic, enabling, transparent and technology-enabled.

This can only be achieved by regular and constructive involvement by the government and civil servants.