NITI assessing 28 central schemes, to decide on their continuation soon
NITI Aayog has evaluated 28 umbrella centrally sponsored schemes to assess continuatio of these schemes in the 15th Finance Commission cycle, planning minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
“Development Monitoring & Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog has conducted evaluations of 28 umbrella centrally sponsored schemes (UCSS), comprising around 125 CSS schemes,” he said in a written reply.
These schemes have been evaluated under 10 packages namely, agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries, women and child development, human resource development, urban transformation, rural development, drinking water and sanitation, health, jobs and skills, water resources, environment and forest; and social inclusion law & order and justice delivery.
According to the minister, the programme implementing ministries and departments are primarily responsible to monitor the implementation of their programmes and for taking corrective steps to ensure that the programme benefits reach the targeted population.
However, the NITI Aayog helps them by bringing findings of the evaluation studies to the knowledge of the programme implementing ministries and departments for taking corrective measures.
“Further, NITI Aayog facilitates monitoring of the progress in the implementation of programmes and schemes through output-outcome management framework (OOMF) for CS/CSS schemes of the government of India,” he said.
NITI Aayog has also developed a dashboard for this purpose which is accessed online by the departments and ministries for updating the progress of their progammes.
The department of expenditure under the ministry of finance allocates funds every year to ministries and departments. The respective ministries and departments facilitate the implementation of schemes, release the funds to the states or implementing agencies and are expected to monitor that the funds are utilized in an efficient and effective way. Further, continuation of schemes from one Finance Commission cycle to another entails a third party impact evaluation.