Acid Test for Bureaucrats ?
The title of a news report appearing in Business Line ( 25 May ) is :
“ Modi’s new acid test for bureaucrats “
It says that the government has introduced , what is called “ 360 degree feedback mechanism “ , as a tool for elevation
Jawahar Sircar , a former IAS officer who has held key positions as Secretary at the Centre including as Culture Secretary and CEO of Prasar Bharati, feels the new evaluation system is more effective
He says, “ It’s a good thing . Earlier , we had a routine system of sending annual reports where points were given . It was highly subjective “
Vivek Rae, who was a member of the Seventh Pay Commission, says :
MY QUESTION :
Does evaluation of the performance of an officer become “ better / objective “ , just because , instead of only your boss evaluating you , your subordinates also get to evaluate you ?
Can there ever be a truly “ Objective Assessment “ of an officer’s performance , in the absence of ,
· Performance Targets ( Measurable Objectives ) are set at the beginning of the year by the boss , in consultation with the subordinate and agreed upon by both ?
· Actual achievement against these targets are measured and reported , on a monthly basis ?
· Such measurements are carried out by a “ Third Party “ ( and not become, YOUR WORD against MY WORD ? ) or based on PUBLISHED DATA
I think , it is high time Shri Narendrabhai insists that a beginning ( towards such objectivity ) is made , based on :
11 June 2017
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