Mumbai, Sep 19 (PTI) The Maharashtra cabinet today approved a proposal to implement Big Fast Results (BFR) method by ‘PEMANDU’ (performance management & delivery unit) of Malaysia to improve the work culture in some key sectors.
The Planning department’s proposal will benefit areas of school education and sports, public health and water supply and sanitation.
Speaking to reporters here at the state secretariat here, Minister for Public Health, Deepak Sawant, informed that PEMANDU’s BFR will help in reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) to single digit.
“The government will allocate Rs 26 crore per year for the implementation of the programme in the state,” he said.
The Niti Aayog had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PEMANDU to implement the methodology in the country.
As per the proposal approved by the state cabinet, the methodology will be used to improve the academic performance of students in primary and secondary medium in school education and sports department, reducing IMR in tribal areas of the state to single digit in Public Health department and reviving shut-down rural water supply schemes under the Water Supply and Sanitation department.
“A ministerial committee headed by Minister for Planning will be set up for its implementation and coordination,” he said.
Another committee headed by Principal Secretary, Planning and secretaries of departments concerned will allocate funds after approval from the state cabinet to the 11 week programs rolled out through the lab process based on the outcomes fixed, he added.
Sawant said that PEMANDU has implemented programmes in reducing IMR in African countries like Tanzania.
At present, the current IMR in Maharashtra is 21 per cent, he said adding that the lab process of the PEMANDU involves two stages– Lab 1 and Lab 2.
“In Lab 1, the issues are identified and in Lab 2, best solutions available at hand are devised and put for implementation,” Sawant said.
“PEMANDU is known for devising the state government’s highly successful flagship water conservation programme- Jalyukta Shivar – under which measures like digging trenches, widening culverts and water harvesting techniques aimed at increasing ground water tables in the state.
Source: Press Trust of India
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