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Thursday, August 21, 2014

What should replace Planning Commission- Major Projects Authority?

Narendra Modi invites ideas from public on new institution to replace Planning Commission that many agree outlived its purpose. Considering our biggest weakness is on EXECUTION, one institution that is worth emulating is UK's Major Projects Authority.
The MPA is supported by a clear and enforceable mandate and has the authority to:
  • develop the government’s major projects portfolio, and in collaboration with departments provide verified, timely data, with regular reporting to ministers
  • require, review and approve integrated assurance and approval plans for each major project or programme, including timetables for HM Treasury (HMT) approvals, and validated by the MPA and HMT
  • carry out assurance reviews where there is cause for concern and ensure that departments co-operate to take action to address any issues raised
  • escalate issues of concern to ministers and accounting officers
  • intervene directly where projects are causing concern, providing additional assurance or commercial and operational support
  • make a starting gate review, or equivalent, mandatory for all new projects/programmes to assess deliverability before project delivery gets underway
  • work with departments to build capability in projects and programme management, including the nomination of suitably senior and experienced officials to act as reviewers on high risk projects and programmes at least once every 12 to 18 months
  • require publication of project information consistent with the Coalition’s transparency agenda
  • collaborate with departments to publish an annual report on the government’s major projects

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