Focus on delivery mechanism: NGOs to FM

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.

PTI



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