Chandigarh, August 5: The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved the Four Year Strategic Action Plan (4SAP) 2019-23 and Annual Action Plan 2019-20 of six departments, taking the total number of state departments which such plans in place to 24.

The departments for which the plans have been given the nod today are Social Justice Empowerment & Minorities, Governance Reforms & Public Grievances, Power, Higher Education & Languages, Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management, Information Technology and Key Performance Parameters (KPPs).

According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, the KPPs for Government Officials, as per the Four Year Strategic Action Plan and Annual Action Plan, are focused upon goals, targets and performance parameters of each government official,  for the 4-year-period 2019-2023 and for 2019-2020, respectively. The performance parameters prescribed in the Four Year Action Plan for every key personnel responsible for execution of the department’s policies, programmes and schemes shall be monitored through the online SDG Monitoring System. The performance on the KPPs shall be reflected in the Annual Performance Appraisal Reports of the Key Personnel as per targets assigned to them.

The state government has adopted the SDGs to take up proper planning, implementation and monitoring of the progress of realisation of the SDGs for optimal results. Till now, 4SAP of 24 departments have been prepared and approved by the Cabinet. The allocations for Annual Action Plan 2021-22 and Revised Estimates for 2020-21 would be decided on the basis of 4SAP 2019-23 of the Administrative Departments.

The key parameters are in line with the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda, the associated 169 Targets and 306 Indicators, which comprehensively cover social, economic and environmental dimensions and build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While the MDGs target low handing fruit, the SDGs are ambitious, have a much wider sweep, and call for concerted efforts on the part of all stakeholders.

Detailed guidelines have already been issued to the Administrative Departments for the preparation of the Strategic Action Plan. The Administrative Departments are required to finalise Four Year Strategic Action Plan (4SAP)- 2019-2023 and Annual Action Plan 2019-2020, with the approval of the Minister In-charge and submit the same to the Planning Department.

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