Focus on delivery mechanism: NGOs to FM
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 23:08
New Delhi: Non-governmental organisations for the first time met the finance minister for pre-Budget consultations and asked for improvement in the delivery mechanism of public services instead of just raising their allocations.

"We have asked the finance minister to use the Budget as a leverage to improve the performance of service delivery. We are not asking for more allocation, because we know that the current allocation themselves are not being utilised," Rajesh Tandon, President, Society for Participatory Research In Asia (PRIA), told reporters after the meeting.

Tandon said that unless a system of improved performance culture is created, mere additional allocation would not make any difference.

"Unless we improve the delivery of services, unless we create a system of improved performance culture and unless we use Budget to incentivise performance, additional allocation will not make any difference," he said.

Development Alternatives Chairman Ashok Khosla said that in addition to allocations, it should be kept in mind that services reached the needy.

This is the first time that a finance minister has invited NGOs for pre-Budget consultations. Ten organistions representing the sector attended the meeting.

The Budget is likely to be presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 26.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 23:08

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