Reported by Chimaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 22:
The Odisha government is contemplating third party evaluation of the six populist schemes with a combined budgetary provision of nearly Rs 780 crore in the current fiscal.
The schemes to be evaluated are Mission Shakti, Biju KBK Yojana, Gajapati O Kandhamal Yojana, distribution of free bicycles to students of class X, subsidy under agriculture policy, Mo Kudia and Interest Subvention to cooperative banks.
“Based on the outlay, outreach and objective of various schemes being implemented by the state government, it is now contemplated to take up independent third party evaluation of social sector and economic sector schemes. The studies would be undertaken in 2014-15 through third party independent expert agencies by means of an open competitive bidding process,” said Upendra Nath Behera, additional chief secretary in a letter to the departmental heads of Planning and Coordination, Agriculture, School and Mass Education, Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj and Cooperation departments.
The letter said that the independent evaluation studies are aimed at providing unbiased research and evidence based views on the effectiveness of the schemes and their impact on the intended beneficiaries, critical gaps requiring course correction and corrections in the implementation of the schemes and policy inputs.
However, before the start of the third party evaluation study of the schemes, the Programme Performance and Outcome Monitoring Unit (PPOMU) established under the state Finance Department has been asked to prepare a term of reference (ToR) for prospective bidders which will include the objectives, outreach and scope of the evaluation assessment.
The PPOMU is engaged in monitoring Mid-Day meal scheme, deep bore well scheme and building of residential school for SC and ST students. Besides, the unit has carried out documentation of 26 flagship scheme of the state government and government machinery’s response to Ccyclone Phailin.