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The government has finally decided to implement the Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission for all Central government employees. An announcement is expected in the next couple of days. Those government employees who make the cut will start earning their incentives in 2012.
A Committee of Secretaries (COS) chaired by Cabinet Secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar approved the broad contours of the PRIS on March 8, and asked the Department of Expenditure and Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat, to work out guidelines to implement the scheme. Members of the
Any department, to qualify for financial incentives, will have to get a performance rating of 70 per cent or more on its Results-Framework Document (RFD) and implement a bio-metric access control system in its offices. As suggested by the Commission, the incentives will be initially paid out of cost savings made by the department in that fiscal year and hence there will be no additional burden on the exchequer for implementing the PRIS. Initially, for every rupee saved by the department, it will allow to distribute up to 15 paisa depending on its performance.
The PRIS will cover all employees of the department. While incentives paid to the Secretaries will depend entirely on departmental performance reflected in the RFD, incentives paid to Joint Secretaries will depend on a weighted average of their division's performance and departmental performance. Incentives for junior employees will depend primarily on their individual performance.
However, all employees will need to go through a rigorous performance appraisal system consistent with the RFD evaluation methodology. Indeed, incentives will start rolling out only after a department has prepared two rounds of robust RFDs, so as to truly capture departmental performance. Given that 2010-11 was the first year for implementation of 12-month RFDs, performance incentives will be paid from 2012-13 to employees who make the cut.
The decision to implement the PRIS comes in the wake of the Prime Minister's Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) for government departments that was approved in September 2009. Interestingly, of the departments that have gone through the exercise, there have been some notable exceptions including the Ministries of Home, Finance, Defence, External Affairs, and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Source: The Hindu
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Government should meet 50 per cent of the operating expenses of Prasar Bharati and the rest should be borne by the pubcaster. The pubcaster also wants the government to meet the entire expense on salaries and allowances of its employees. In a major decision taken by the Prasar Bharati Board in its meeting this morning, it was decided that the public service broadcaster will meet total expenses for programming related work.
The long-pending Recruitment Rules for 196 cadres of employees in Prasar Bharati were considered for forwarding to Government. Non-existence of these Rules ever since Prasar Bharati came into being in 1997 was a major reason for the huge backlog in filling up the vacancies and making vital appointments, something which has come under heavy criticism in Parliamentary Committees. The Board also proposed extensive amendments to the Prasar Bharati Act to be referred to Government for consideration. This was felt necessary specifically in the wake of the recent events when serious reservations and questions had been raised on propriety, accountability of Prasar Bharati by various bodies in Government and others.
The Board also interviewed candidates for the posts of Doordarshan Director General following repatriation of Aruna Sharma to her parent cadre, and All India Radio Director General as Noreen Naqvi is retiring. The short-listed names have been forwarded for a final selection to the Government to avoid a vacuum in administrative functioning. The Board also delegated the financial powers and broad-based the Empowered Committee on Finance with the co-option of the financial representatives of Doordarshan and All India Radio to improve the quality of decision making.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday said a health insurance scheme will be introduced for the central government employees. ‘The central government is contemplating introduction of a health insurance scheme for the central government employees and pensioners in consultation with other concerned ministries and departments,’ Azad told the Lok Sabha during question hour. ‘The proposal is to make this scheme on voluntary cum contributory basis for serving employees and pensioners except for new joinees in respect of whom it is proposed to be on mandatory cum contributory basis,’ the minister said. He, however, said that no time frame can be given for the introduction of the programme.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The recommendations of a Committee of four joint secretaries on disparity in pay scales of Prasar Bharati employees is to be placed before the Group of Ministers dealing with the pubcaster for further recommendations and action. A proposal for amending the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of