WASHINGTON: The World Bank has approved a loan of around Rs 360 crore to support the central government’s “Mission Karmayogi” in improving the efficiency of government employees in the country. The World Bank announced this in a press release. It is reported that more than 18 million government workers are employed across the country. The project will make the country’s public service more future-ready and able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The loan will be provided by the World Bank’s lending arm, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and will have a final maturity of 11 years, including a grace period of 4.5 years. Vikram Menon, World Bank Team Leader for the project, said, “The project will support Mission Karmyogi by developing an online training platform that can deliver targeted training content and evaluate and measure the effectiveness of training provided”. The World Bank aims to end extreme poverty and build shared prosperity, because building the capacity of government officials to implement policy priorities and deliver effective services is essential to achieving these goals.

The Karmayogi mission was approved by the Union cabinet in 2020. The plan is based on the government’s vision of what a government official should look like. All officers, from section officers to secretaries, will benefit from the program. Through this program, employee performance will be evaluated annually and necessary training will be provided.