In order to enhance the performance of babus and complete the projected work on schedule, newly-appointed Maharashtra chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya has decided to implement the Key Result Areas (KRA) system.
Q What is a KRA system?
KRA is a performance assessment tool to gauge employee performance. It is widely utilised in the human resource area of the corporate world.
Q What does the chief secy propose to do?
Kshatriya told dna on Tuesday that after taking charge as state chief secretary, he has decided to give a free hand and scope for ideation to state secretaries. "I will not impose any task or ideas upon them. Secretaries have to come up with their own ideas. And, they need to implement these in the given period. On the basis of that their performance will be evaluated and subsequently posting and promotions will be given," said Kshatriya.
He said that his mind is presently occupied with the preparations for state elections and providing aid to drought-prone regions. "Once the election process gets over, I will completely focus on the KRA system. It's a very good model. I am very much impressed with this model and so wanted to implement it. It will help improve our officials' and the government's performance. If we use this, our administration will be performance-oriented and effective," Kshatriya added.
Q What will the secretary level officials do?
As per the plan, the secretary-level officials will be asked to work on Key Result Areas. They will have to make a list of 10 important issues that include development work, new projects, schemes undertaken, duration and results. "The secretaries have to shortlist the important issues of their respective departments and prepare full-fledged presentations. We will review the given performance report," informed Kshatriya.
Earlier, the former chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad had tried to implement the KRA-based system. But later, it was dumped by his successors.
Q What do senior officials say about it?
Principal secretary of one of the departments said that presently they are bombarded with various issues and projects by their seniors and ministers. "We really get little time to use our ideas and implement them. We need to grapple with a host of issues. Now, once the KRA comes, we will have a major say and it will be our own 'baby'; so, our department's performance will be more effective. We will concentrate on our assigned task and our performance will be effective now," said the senior state official.