Minister Boosts Rural Capacity for Enhanced Governance

01 Aug 2023

Shri Giriraj Singh, the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, inaugurated the Annual Capacity Building Plan (ACBP) for the Department of Rural Development, Department of Land Resources, and Ministry of Panchayati Raj in New Delhi today. During the launch, Shri Giriraj Singh emphasized that this plan would have a crucial role in improving service delivery, executing programs, and carrying out essential governance functions. He highlighted that the plan's primary goal is to enhance the skills of officials through tailored training, enabling them to perform better and achieve the ministry's objectives with a focus on citizens' needs.

Aligned with the vision of achieving a New India by 2047 as envisioned by the Prime Minister, the Capacity Building Commission has formulated a method to create the ACBP. This approach is based on three perspectives: National Priorities, Citizen Centricity, and Emerging Technology, supported by the three pillars of Individual, Organizational, and Institutional development.

These principles guide the creation of the ACBP, which aims to significantly contribute to realizing the objectives. The ACBP is expected to drive efficiency and ethical conduct across all departments, accelerating the fulfillment of the Prime Minister's vision for a New India by 2047.

The Annual Capacity Building Plan (ACBP) is a structured document that addresses the competency needs of officials within the Ministry/Department/Organization (MDO). This is determined through a Competency Needs Analysis (CNA) that identifies essential competencies and their prioritization based on both officials' requirements and their importance to the ministry. This approach ensures optimal utilization of resources invested in capacity building by the MDO.

To facilitate the implementation and sustainability of the ACBP, a Capacity Building Unit (CBU) has been established within each of the three departments. A budget equivalent to 2.5% of the department's salary allocation will be allocated for ACBP implementation. The CBU will prioritize training needs for the second, third, and fourth quarters of the year, with training taking place both online and offline. The Capacity Building Commission has identified institutes and knowledge partners to provide training on various subjects to officials. The ministry will also evaluate the impact of these trainings on officials and staff to gauge the effectiveness of the ACBP.

During this event, the Secretaries and Officers of the Department of Rural Development, Department of Land Resources, and Ministry of Panchayati Raj, along with the Member (Human Resource) of the Capacity Building Commission, were in attendance.

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