J&K to have State Training Policy soon

SRINAGAR, MAY 18: A one day State level workshop to formulate J&K State Training Policy was held today at J&K Institute of Management Public Administration & Rural Development (J&K IMPA), Srinagar which was attended by all faculty members and officers. The draft of the policy was threadbare discussed and given final shape which after one more round of fine tuning will be submitted to state Government for approval.

First National Training Policy in the country was launched in 1996. This followed the process of liberalization of the economy through de-licensing and deregulation which began in 1991 and the 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Constitution, which took effect in 1993 thereby creating the third tier of Government at the Panchayat and Municipal levels.

These, along with other changes since then, such as rapid economic growth, devolution of funds to functions and functionaries of the Panchayats and Municipalities. Enhanced transparency through the right to information, globalization, climate change and extremism have created a complex and challenging environment in which the civil service has to function at a time when there are increasing expectations of its performance and ability to respond more efficiently and effectively to the needs of the citizens.

Government systems of personnel administration continue to focus largely on the rules and procedures governing the recruitment, retention and career development of the civil service.  Systematic training of civil servants has continued to be mainly for  the  higher civil   services  with a large number of Group B and C employees receiving sporadic training, if any at all.  With the creation of the third tier of Government, the training of functionaries in the Panchayat and Municipal  bodies has become a critical concern, while other  reforms in administration and Governance has made it almost impossible for Govt. Functionaries to work without getting regular trainings and build their capacities . Accordingly National Training Policy 2012 was formulated. National Training Policy expects all states to have state Training policies.

For transforming the civil service, it is imperative to move to a strategic human resource management system, which would look at the individual as a vital resource to be valued, motivated, developed and enabled to achieve the Ministry/Department/Organizations mission and objectives irrespective of the position he/she is holding.  Within this transformational process, it is essential to match individual competencies with the jobs they have to do and bridge competency gaps for current and future roles through training.

With the adoption of the state Training Policy all these issues are expected to be addressed and the training and capacity building of all the government /Semi govt officials (Of all levels) and elected representatives will be given a proper and much needed direction.

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