Govt Outs ‘Innovation’ Norms

Published: 08th November 2014 05:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2014 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: State government has issued detailed guidelines for the implementation of the Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiative, aimed at increasing productivity of government departments and inculcating a ‘culture of innovation’ among employees. On August 8, former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced this measure as part of the steps to realise the objectives set in Vision 2023. For this initiative, `150 crore has been earmarked.

A GO issued in this regard on Friday defined “innovation” as the introduction of a process/ practice/ approach/ technique or technology which is new or novel to public service delivery.

The “innovation” should specifically address a public issue or problem with greater efficiency measured in terms of time and/ or cost saving, or improved service delivery in terms of greater ease of operation or improved stakeholder experience.

The innovation or innovative scheme proposal should first identify a public issue or problem which needs to be addressed by the Government agency and is important enough to warrant an “innovation”. This could be a gap in the existing services being provided or an issue that has not been tackled so far, but needs to be addressed. The problem/issue needs to be clearly defined and of manageable proportions. Repetition of existing programmes or expansion of existing programmes to cover additional areas or target populations will not be considered innovation. Cost-effectiveness of the proposed innovation will be very relevant. The State Planning Commission, which will implement this initiative, will also accept suggestions from individuals whether they are Government employees or Private individuals or representing an organisation.

Ceiling for schemes to be funded from the Innovation Fund will be `20 crore for the overall cost with Rs 10 crore as maximum permissible expenditure in a year.


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