Officers must ensure timely delivery of services to people: Padhi

BHUBANESWAR: Budget spending should be outcome oriented, and it should lead to improvement in public service delivery, said Odisha chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Friday.

Inaugurating a workshop on ‘Govt Fiscal Management and Budget Analysis’, Padhi advised the officers to ensure rational and qualitative expenditure with real outcomes at the ground level.

Focusing on improvement of service delivery, the chief secretary said that government have notified more than 300 services of different departments under Odisha Public Service Delivery Act and have assured the delivery of services within the definite time limit.

The officers must ensure timely delivery of services to the people, he added.

Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan said that plan expenditure cannot be fruitful without improvement in human and societal resources.

As such, he added, the plan and non-plan expenditure should go hand in hand for achieving value for money spent.

Professor Dr Tapas Sen from National Institute of Public Finance and Policy joined the workshop as the Principal Resource Person and trained the officers on various dimensions of public fiscal management in the Government.

Sen said that fiscal policy should be framed as per existing economic conditions.