The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration today issued a circular to all local levels, directing them to conduct their capacity self-evaluation and enter the results in the software prescribed by the MoFAGA.

According to the MoFAGA, each local government is required to conduct its capacity self-evaluation in line with the 'Local Level Institutional Capacity Self-evaluation Procedure-2020' to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the local governments by assessing their work procedures and achievements for making them competitive.

"The MoFAGA has already approved the procedure, besides providing training of trainers to necessary human resources in the provinces for their mobilisation to facilitate the local governments in their capacity self-evaluation. The local governments can seek the help of province-level trainers in that regard," said Joint Secretary Basanta Adhikari at the MoFAGA. The thematic areas of self-evaluation of local units include governance management, organisation and administration, annual budget and planning management, fiscal and financial management, public service delivery, judicial performance, physical infrastructure, social inclusion, environment protection and disaster management, and coordination and collaboration.

As per the procedure, each of the thematic areas will have separate indicators for self-evaluation. Score per indicator has been fixed at 1. Poor performance, moderate performance and excellent performance will get 0, 0.5 and 1 respectively.

"All local levels shall adopt the self-evaluation process as stated in the this procedure. The concerned departments, divisions and sections of the local units shall be involved in self-evaluation of the thematic areas. The chief administrative officer shall designate a focal person, and the concerned departments, divisions and sections shall provide the results of the indicators determined for each thematic areas to the focal person," the procedure reads.

The focal person consolidates the results of self-evaluation of the local level and submit it to the chief administrative officer. Then, the chief administrative officer shall present consolidate results of self-evaluation at the meeting of the executive, which is the final authority to determine the final results with scores before entering it in the software prescribed by the MoFAGA," it says.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 13, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.