Kathmandu, January 17
The Ministry of Home Affairs is set to conclude performance contract with chief district officers of 74 other districts within two days.
Earlier on December 31, the MoHA had signed performance contract with CDOs of three districts — Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. As per the performance contract, the MoHA will evaluate the overall performance of the CDO in six areas — peace and security, good governance and service delivery, social reforms and transformation, disaster management, coordination and facilitation, and integrity and financial discipline.
The full mark for performance appraisal of CDOs is 100. The ministry will provide marks on the basis of their achievement to develop a system of evaluating the performance of district administration offices. Joint Secretary Ram Krishna Subedi, MoHA spokesperson, said the performance contract would be signed with CDOs in accordance with Section 15.1 of the Civil Service Act and Rule 34b of the Civil Service Rules.
The performance contract includes matters like goals of the office, budget, human resources and other resources and means required to achieve the goals; time-frame to achieve the goals; results to be achieved or expected achievements; indicators of the work performance evaluation; conditions for the cancellation of the work performance agreement; powers required for the implementation of the performance contract; and period of the work performance contract, among others.
According to the rules, the concerned ministry and department shall regularly monitor whether work as referred to in the performance contract has been carried out or not. There will be a committee under the convenorship of the concerned ministry, and consisting representatives of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration and the National Planning Commission for annual appraisal of the work as referred to in the work performance agreement. In the event of failure to perform in accordance with the performance contract agreement, except owing to circumstances beyond control, special responsibility of any chief post shall not be given to such CDO until two years, the rules state.
Point No 26 of the Home Administration Reforms Action Plan, 2018 made public by Minister of Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa had also stated that the MoHA would conclude performance contract with departmental heads, chief district officers, and chiefs of security agencies under it to make them more competent, strong, service-oriented and responsible by bringing about reforms in service delivery mechanisms.
A version of this article appears in print on January 18, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.