According to Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri restructuring of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been fully implemented. A study on the ‘Working and Reorganisation of Central Public Works Department (CPWD)’ was undertaken through Ernst & Young (EY) in 2017 with the objective of studying the working of CPWD keeping in view its mandate and functions, carrying out an analysis of the structure and organisation of CPWD, suggesting measures for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation. The recommendations in the EY report encompass various aspects of process improvement and organisational restructuring besides other related measures. An Implementation Committee has been constituted in the Ministry to guide and monitor the implementation of various initiatives emerging out of the Report.
Under this mega restructuring exercise CPWD has been provided with digital systems to monitor projects real-time and assess performance of staff online. The move is intended to ensure transparency, accountability and work quality in the department. CPWD has around 400 projects centres across the country, which can be now monitored through online software. As per the plan, Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) of CPWD officials from bottom to top will also be done through the designated software.
Regional Planning and Design Centres in all five regions of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) across the country have been set up to cater to the need of design requirements.
The Report has also recommended gradual outsourcing of ‘maintenance functions’ of the construction major, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to reputed private agencies for improving user services, establishing benchmarks and image improvement. The Report had stressed on the need to redefine the focus of CPWD so as to promote it’s competency in the core area of construction for which maintenance of residential properties need to be outsourced. It was noted that more than 50% of the total strength of CPWD are currently engaged in maintenance works which account for only 20 % of its turn over by value.