Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Kratoh: Smarah: / Deeds will be remembered



A news report in Economic Times ( 27 March 2017 ) reads :




Shri Adityanath has asked all departments to come up with a plan to prioritise tasks that can be delivered within the first 100 days of the government , to reflect a “ visible change “ on the ground




People of this country are fed up of platitudes and “ motherhood is good “ type of promises !


They are demanding that the Ministers / Secretaries , set for themselves individually , ( and not for their departments collectively ) , TARGETS which are QUANTIFIABLE / TIME BOUND / MEASURABLE



Dear  Shri  Adityanathji  :

You may want to ask your officers to draw up TARGETS as explained in my following email to Shri Jaitleyji ( - who has made a beginning by introducing OUTCOME BUDGET , starting 2017-18, – and for which , he deserves congratulations ! )






5 December 2014



BUDGETING     BY    OBJECTIVES



Dear Shri Jaitleyji ,



Come Feb 2015 and you will present your Budget in Lok Sabha


You will allocate thousands of crores of rupees to different ministries , for spending during 2015-16


You may even increase / decrease their allocations based on , to what extent ( % ) did they manage to actually " spend " their current year's allocations


The one and only emphasis is on " spending " !



As usual , no MP will ask :


"  But , what exactly did the Minister concerned achieve by spending this money  ?


What physical / measureable targets did the Minister succeed in reaching / exceeding , with that money  ?


Where / What are the OUTPUTS  ?




Why is it that no targets were set in advance, before the start of the year ?



How come , Minister was allowed to shoot first and then draw concentric circles around the hole afterwards ( at the end of the year ) , to claim BULL'S EYE  ?  "




In private sector , shareholders / bankers do not hesitate to sack the CMD / MD / CEO , if he fails to deliver on promised profit



Then , why are Ministers allowed to retain their posts ( - or even get kicked upstairs ! ), despite failing to deliver  ?




Dear Shri Jaitleyji :



MPs should know that YOU cannot answer these questions , simply because , at the time of the Budget Exercise , no physical OUTPUTS  got fixed for each Minister



What did get fixed , were only EXPENDITURE TARGETS  !



Simply because MPs passed the Budget without fixing targets such as following for 31 March 2015 :




*  Finance Minister

   *   GDP ..... 6 % ............ [ 10 % improvement ]
   *   CAD.......( -  ) 5 % .....[  20 % improvement ]



*  Commerce Minister

   *   Exports........ $ 350 Billion  ....  [ 10 % improvement  ]
   *   FDI..............$    50 Billion...... [  20 % improvement  ]



*   Railway Minister

    *   Lengths of Tracks...... 125,000 Km.....      [  Up by 10 %  ]
    *   No of Passenger Trains / day..... 10,000... [ Up by 10 % ]



*   Health Minister

   *   Chronic Hunger and Hunger Related Deaths
         8 Million / year .................................... [  Down by 20 %  ]
   *   Under-nourished people..... 200 million..... [ Down by 10 % ]



*   Social Welfare Minister

    *    Dowery Deaths / year....... 8,000...... ......[  Down by 10 %  ]
    *    People without Toilets........ 500 Million....  [ Down by  20 % ]



*   Agriculture Minister

    *    Farmers Suicide/ year..... .. 14,000...............  [ Down by 20 %  ]
    *    Food Grain rotting / year..... 5 Million tons.....  [ Down by 20 %   ]



So on and so forth for each Minister



Some caution / suggestions :



*    Ignore the numbers given above. I could be factually wrong


*    Focus on the concept of " Management by Objectives "


*    Overcome the fear of " failure to meet the targets ".


*    Overcome the fear of " being ridiculed " !


*    Don't chop off the neck that dares to stick out  !


*    Only failure is , not fixing the targets  !


*    Actual vs Targeted achievements must be measured , on an ongoing
      basis , by totally independent THIRD PARTY agencies



      Ministers / Finance Minister and these Agencies , must agree in advance , how the

      Agencies will go about " measuring " the Actual Achievements



      The method of measurement must be transparent and well publicized
      in advance



      Agencies shall have no role in fixing of Annual Targets



      That is best done by the Prime Minister - the CEO , MakeInIndia



*    There must be at least 10 performance parameters for each Minister



*    Parameters themselves could be selected / prioritized , based on an
      ONLINE PUBLIC SURVEY / OPINION POLL , from Govt web site



*    If conducting such an ONLINE POLL for the forthcoming budget is
      too late , same could be done on a printed form , by current MPs /
      MLAs / Rajya Sabha Members



*    Results of the SURVEY / POLL , must be published






30  March  2017


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