Many local levels fail to conduct self-assessment on time – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 18

Most local levels have not complied with the “local level institutional capacity self-assessment procedure”, which aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of local governments by assessing their performance and results with the aim of make them competitive and more efficient. .

In accordance with the first amendment to the procedure, it is mandatory for local levels to complete their self-assessment and publish the results via their respective websites and notice boards before the first week of Magh (before the end of December) of each financial year after approval by the executive committee. An official from the Local Level Coordination Unit of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration said most local units appeared to have taken the provision for granted, contrary to the law. Nearly 70% of local units have not yet completed their self-assessment.

He informed that a circular had also been issued to them to complete their self-assessment and publish the results without further delay. Local unit self-assessment thematic areas include governance arrangements, organization and administration, annual budget management and planning, budgetary and financial management, public service delivery, judicial performance , physical infrastructure, social inclusion, environmental protection and disaster management, and coordination. and cooperation.

According to MoFAGA, each of the thematic areas has separate indicators for self-assessment. The maximum score per indicator has been set at 1.

Poor performance, moderate performance and excellent performance will get 0, 0.5 and 1 respectively. first week of Magh of each exercise. Similarly, the final results should be sent to the relevant District Coordinating Committee, Office of the Chief Minister and Provincial Council of Ministers, and MoFAGA by mid-January of each exercise.” , the official said.

Relevant departments, divisions and sections are involved in self-assessment of thematic areas.

The Head of Administration appoints a focal point, and the relevant departments, divisions and sections to provide the results of the indicators determined for each thematic area to the focal point. Subsequently, the focal person consolidates the results of the self-assessment from the local level to the administrative director of the executive office for approval before publication of his results via the website and the bulletin board. MoFAGA said it will prepare a consolidated report including the self-assessment results of 753 local levels and conduct capacity development programs for those local governments that are performing poorly.

A version of this article appears in the January 19, 2022 printing of The Himalayan Times.

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