The President of India, in her address to the Joint Session of Parliament on June 4, 2009 had inter-alia, outlined 13 important measures that the Government would initiate in the next hundred days. One of the measures announced included Government “Establishing Mechanism for performance monitoring and performance evaluation in Government on a regular basis”.
Pursuant to this, on September 11, 2009, Prime Minister approved the outline of a Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) for Government Departments with a view to assess their effectiveness in their mandated functions. It involves preparation of a Results Framework Document (RFD) by each Department every year, highlighting its objectives and priorities for the Financial Year and achievements against pre specified targets at the end of the year.
Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat was set up by the Government in January, 2009 with Dr. Prajapati Trivedi as Secretary (Performance Management) with a mandate to roll out the PMES. The PMES/RFD system in its first Phase covered 59 Departments in 2009-10. In its fifth year of implementation in 2013-14, the system presently extends to 80 Departments/ Ministries and some 800 Responsibility Centers (attached offices/ subordinate offices/ autonomous organizations) of the Central Government. Within its five years of implementation, PMES has established itself as a system that takes a comprehensive view of the Departmental performance by measuring all schemes projects (iconic and non-iconic) and all relevant aspects of expected departmental deliverables: financial, physical, quantitative, qualitative, static efficiency (short run) and dynamic efficiency. The systems aim to provide a unified and single view of Department’s overall performance.