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The NAC,led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi,is an advisory body that provides policy inputs to the government.

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi |
August 24, 2013 1:29:26 am

Underlining the lack of skilled human resources in ministries working in the social sector,the National Advisory Council (NAC) has recommended setting up human resource (HR) wings and devising specific HR policies in these ministries,besides reforming the existing selection and recruitment processes.

The NAC,led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi,is an advisory body that provides policy inputs to the government. Its working group on ‘Skill Development’ released its draft recommendations on ‘Skill Development of Functionaries in the Social Sector Programmes of the Government’ on Friday. “There is a need for systematic and institutionalised mechanism for creating adequate skilled human resource for the ministries/departments in the social sector for implementing of various programmes and delivery of services,” the NAC has said,adding that an estimated “70 lakh to one crore” frontline workers are required for government flagship programmes in the social sector.

Urging ministries to carry out proper assessment and planning for frontline workers,the council has recommended “framing a human resource policy for all categories” of such workers and also setting up a dedicated HR wing — equipped with technical support and HR experts — in social sector ministries. According to the draft recommendations,such a policy should be evolved by state governments in consultation with various departments and the Centre,in turn,should provide technical aid.

Underscoring “the role of the functionaries,their attitude,commitment and proficiency assumes”,the NAC working group has also emphasised the need for bringing about reforms in the recruitment process.

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