Independent Evaluation Office (IEO)


Ajit Kumar AJIT KUMARWISDOM IAS, New Delhi.

The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) in India on the line of IEO of IMF was set up in 2013 and was finally launched in February 2014 by the Government of India to improve the effectiveness of government programmes and policies for economic and social development.
The IEO works independently and transparently and presents its findings in Parliament. The IEO has been mandated to focus on three main challenges that India currently faces: 
(i) Delivering Public Services and Flagship Programmes
The inability to implement and deliver public services is well known but as to why India finds it so difficult to deliver public services is a puzzle. India has many national flagship programs with ambitious goals but their delivery remains very uneven.
(ii) Social Protection, Inequity and Disaster Management
India has had a large social assistance program for a long time – largely built around product based subsidies.Over the last five years India’s explicit subsidy bill in the budget has increased by almost 1 percent of GDP – and now is almost 2.4% of GDP, however, there is very little focus on how to deliver social protection in an efficient and cost effective manner to people.
(iii) Regulation and Economic Management, and Public-Private Interface
India liberalised its license control regime after 1991, and opened its trade account which attracted substantial increases in investment. For a while the economy grew rapidly but lately India has suffered a decline in investment and FDI has fallen. Indian business has also started investing outside the country. There is a growing sense that doing business in India is difficult.
 With this agenda the IEO hopes to open a virtual discussion with a network of institutes and civil society organisations on what the work program of the Independent Evaluation Office. This debate will not only open the space for discussion but will become an open forum for ideas and solutions as well. IEO is headed by a Director General in the rank of Minister of State. The first Director General is Dr. Ajay Chibber.


Saturday, 01st Aug 2015, 11:38:41 AM

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