Mission Karmayogi: Major HR reform for bureaucrats

This HRD reform is aimed at making the over two crore civil servants in India more efficient, professional, progressive, creative and innovative.


Mission Karmayogi received the Cabinet’s nod on September 2. This is the biggest reform in the Government, in the human resource development space. This skill-building programme, which will focus on civil servants as well as institutions, is aimed at making them professional, proactive, energetic, creative, innovative and tech-savvy among other qualities.

This National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB) has been created to ensure that the civil servants stay in connect with the country’s culture, roots and sensibilities even while learning from the best institutions and practices globally.

An Integrated Government Online Training or iGOT Karmayogi Platform will be set up as part of the Mission, which will: .

i) Support the transition from a ‘rules-based’ to ‘roles-based’ HR management. The civil servants will be allocated work in alignment with their competencies and the demands of their positions.

ii) Focus on ‘on-site learning’, which will complement the ‘off-site’ learning

iii)  Establish an ecosystem, where training infrastructure will be shared, including learning materials, institutions and personnel.

iv) Standardise all civil service positions to a framework of roles, activities and competencies (FRACs), to create and deliver learning content relevant to the identified FRACs in every government entity.

v) Offer all civil servants a chance to continuously build and strengthen their behavioural, functional and domain competencies via their self-driven and mandated learning paths.

vi) Enable direct investment of resources by all the Central ministries and departments and their organisations into collaboratively creating and sharing the common learning ecosystem through an annual financial subscription for every employee.

vii) Collaborate with the expert learning content creators, including institutions, universities, startups and individuals

viii) Undertake data analytics of various aspects of capacity building, content creation, user feedback and mapping of competencies and identify areas for policy reforms.

A Capacity Building Commission will also be set up to ensure a uniform approach in managing and regulating the capacity-building ecosystem on a collaborative and co-sharing basis.

This Commission will support the PM Public Human Resources Council while lending approval to the annual capacity building plans. It will supervise the functions of the Central training Institutions that deal with civil services capacity building. It will also help create shared learning resources, including internal and external faculty and resource centres.

Among other responsibilities, the Commission will monitor the implementation of the capacity building plans with the departments; recommend standardisation of training and capacity building, pedagogy and methodology; establish rules and regulations for common mid-career training programmes across all civil services; and even suggest policy interventions to the Government, if needed, in the areas of HR management and capacity building.

iGOT-Karmayogi platform will be equipped to become a world-class marketplace for content, where carefully curated and scrutinised digital e-learning material will be made available. The officials can opt for either the self-driven learning path, where they can choose their field of interest, or go for the guided learning path, where they will be provided with the necessary skills and tools to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively.

Approximately, a sum of Rs 510.86 crore will be spent over a period of five years to cover around 46 lakh central government employees.

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