An absence of policy analysis and evaluation of government schemes has been affecting the implementation of the schemes and thus the rural areas remain undeveloped, observed Additional Chief Secretary of Labour Department Sanjeev Kumar, here on Monday.
He said popular schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) can be made more successful if analysis and evaluation is undertaken on the progress of implementation of schemes.
He was speaking at the inaugural function of a three weeklong workshop on ‘Policy analysis and evaluation’ organised by Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRIMM) in association with Cornell University of America at V-LEAD centre.
He pointed out “it is unfortunate that the achievement of government has been measured based on the investment that the respective government has released for particular scheme or public works, however, there is no proper analysis and evaluation process and document on government works. As such crores of rupees invested on several projects lead to funds misuse and not benefit the needy people,” he underlined.
“Once the government started analysing the programme scientifically, it would help to introduce new schemes effectively. Unless the policy reaches needy people, the whole welfare programmes initiated by the respective governments leads to loss to exchequer,” opined Sanjeev Kumar.
He said that despite collecting statistical reports of every programme, there is need for evaluating the programme at the grassroots level, so that reality can be measured. “The government should also focus on policy analysis and evaluation by joining hands with private researchers.”
“Collecting data on social sciences is a challenging issue, and for understanding the practical issues, the state and central governments should collaboratively initiate evaluation process where researchers and research organisations need to be taken into consideration to focus on implementation of welfare policies,” he said.
Professor at Cornell University of America, Saroosh Kuruvilla, Dr Rehana, GRAAM President Dr R Balasubramanyam, GRAAM executive director R Basavaraju and others were present.