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360 degree versus Naveen's 5Ts

By IndianMandarins- 10 Jul 2019


Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik is a creative man. In sharp contrast to the central government's 360 degree approach in assessing the performance of senior officers, he has introduced the concept of 5Ts for appraising the performance of district superintendents of police (SPs) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers in the rank of additional principal chief conservator of forests (PCCFs) and above. The appraisal reports will be submitted to the Chief Minister as the accepting authority.

Indianmandarins believes that once operational and successful, the concept may be introduced to judge the performance of IAS officers as well.

Naveen 5Ts concept involves Technology, Transparency, Teamwork, Transformation and Time for work. It is the assessment of the state government that these 5Ts may help in providing citizen-centric governance. One is tempted to note that these 5Ts are all verifiable objective parameters and leaves no room for subjectivity which has become the bane of the 360 degree assessment method.

The new initiative evolved at a brainstorming session Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held on Monday with top officials including Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Additional Chief Secretary, principal secretaries and secretaries of all departments, district collectors and SPs in the State Secretariat.

The meeting discussed the whole gamut of new initiatives on 5Ts to be taken up by the Works, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, Higher Education, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Health and Family Welfare and Revenue departments.

Citing three transformational changes in Odisha that have put the state on the global benchmark, the Chief Minister said efforts on disaster management, provision of land rights to slum dwellers and successful reduction of Naxal influence in the State have been recognized in the entire country.

To further improve governance, the meeting decided that directorates under the departments will function as a composite entity to streamline functioning and speed up the process of decision making.  For this purpose, the Odisha Secretariat Workflow Automation System (OSWAS) will be modified to integrate directorates with the departments.The government also appointed as information commissioner Asit Jolly who currently works as a deputy editor with India Today Group. He has worked with The Asian Age and BBC.

(By M K Shukla and Rakesh Ranjan)

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