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State eyes McKinsey
- Plan to rejig work culture

Ranchi, May 29: The Jharkhand government is looking to rope in the services of consultant major McKinsey & Company to streamline its set-up and improve the efficiency of workforce.

The initiative, if it sees the light of day, will help the beleaguered state beat its negative development index and perk up paralysed projects in health, road, education, public distribution system and other fields. World Bank has offered to fund the project.

Officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty held the first round of meeting on the issue with World Bank officials today.

“I met Ragini Chopra, World Bank’s state coordinator, this morning. Actually, it was the global funding agency, which is already working on several social welfare projects in Jharkhand, that had approached us, offering help in various sectors. We asked them to get us a top-notch HR agency to design service rules and rehaul the government machinery. I placed a formal proposal naming McKinsey today,” Chakraborty said.

Asked why McKinsey, the acting chief secretary reminded that it was the same firm that turned Tata Steel’s fortunes many years ago by restructuring its HR practices and other areas of governance.

“Recently, McKinsey helped the government machinery in Chhattisgarh go almost paperless. Jharkhand needs similar reforms to improve its efficiency level and weed out bureaucratic hassles. World Bank has agreed to help us and after necessary formalities and mandatory clearances will appoint the consultancy for us. McKinsey will be paid by World Bank and we don’t have to invest a single penny,” Chakraborty added.

Detailing about the scope of work, he said the firm would devise service rules, assist in appointments, choose heads for specific jobs et al.