Ministry launches strategy for accountable, results-based public service | Daily News

Ministry launches strategy for accountable, results-based public service

Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka speaks at the launch, while National Policies and Economic Affairs Secretary V. Sivagnanasothy, UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer, US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz, Highways and Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Minister Kabir Hashim, and Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy look on.  Picture by Gayan Pushpika
Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka speaks at the launch, while National Policies and Economic Affairs Secretary V. Sivagnanasothy, UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer, US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz, Highways and Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Minister Kabir Hashim, and Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy look on. Picture by Gayan Pushpika

Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said the initiatives and programmes undertaken by the public sector should ultimately improve the livelihoods of the people and work for the betterment of the country.

“Our aim is not to boost recruitments to the public sector, but ensure we deliver a quality service. Effective and strong policies should remain active despite government changes,” he said.

The Minister was speaking at the High-Level Forum on mainstreaming a development planning and management strategy which emphasises resultsto ensure development effectiveness, known as Managing for Development Results (MfDR), in the public sector, held in Colombo on Friday.

Also known as Results-Based Management (RBM), MfDR has been introduced by the National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Ministry to track the progress of development results of line ministries.

“MfDR was introduced with the aim of further empowering the public sector to address the growing demand of the public in the modern day,” Minister Ratnayaka said.

“The public service plays a vital role in the delivery of services and it is important therefore that the performance of the public service be improved to deliver results. Public officers must be made accountablefor results. There is a need for an evaluation system not only for the performance of private sector managers and employers, but also for the activities of the government sector to achieve these targets. Finally, monitoring and evaluation provide invaluable information for decision-making as well. The institutionalisation of MfDR would be a major shift in focus in the monitoring and evaluation arrangements in the country,” he said.

The National Audit Act and the RTI have contributed immensely to create accountability in the public sector, the Minister said.

This new management style holds Ministries, Departments and public officials accountable for results rather than efforts, he said.


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