“Performance Matters” brought out by the performance management division of the Cabinet Secretariat, Seth however adds that “the journey has begun and there is palpable hunger for reforms and reinvention at all levels of administration.” He then elaborates Osborne's vision of reinvention. “He (Osborne) warns that reinvention is not just another word for reform, nor is it synonymous with downsizing, or privatization, or simply cutting waste or fraud. He argues that it is about something much deeper, something amounting to changing the very DNA of public organizations so that they habitually innovate, continually improving their performance without having to be pushed from outside. It is about building an entrepreneurially-minded public sector with a built-in drive to improve.”
Seth further says that the government does not need to go far to find answers to most of the vexing problems. “I am struck by the range and depth of innovative reforms in various parts of our vast country. We need to learn from these experiences and adapt them to suit the local conditions.” But the question remains how fast the government would succeed in bringing in those elements of innovation.
Meanwhile, the government has extended the tenure of Dr Prajapati Trivedi, secretary of performance management under cabinet secretariat for one more year till August 2014. Earlier in an order dated December 27, 2011, the government had extended Dr Trivedi's tenure till he "attains the age of 60 years, i.e. August 2013". A former World Bank senior executive who had worked in 25 nations around the world has been a driving force for the government to measure performance of various ministries through a mechanism called RFD. Many career bureaucrats however find it cumbersome to go through the processes being introduced by this former Harvard professor and World Bank economist. Yet, Dr Trivedi enjoys the backing of the Prime Minister himself.