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National Program and Project Management Policy Framework (NPMPF)

National Program and Project Management Policy Framework (NPMPF)

About National Program and Project Management Policy Framework (NPMPF)

  • It is developed by NITI Aayog and the Quality Council of India which proposed a four-level certification system for project managers linked to project scale.
  • It is envisaged to bring radical reforms in the way infrastructure projects are executed in India.
  • It will help in realizing the Prime Minister’s vision of an Atma Nirbhar Bharat by building a stronger India.
  • The framework stressed on accountability, monitoring, transparency and a corruption-free system, along with a fast-track decision-making process.
  • It has an action plan to:
    • Adopt a program and project management approach to infra development
    • Institutionalize and promote the profession of program and project management and build a workforce of such professionals,
    • Enhance institutional capacity and capability of professionals


  • Poor project management costs the Government: Crowds out funding for more deserving projects, creates a culture of acceptance of delays and avoidable costs, economic burden due to delayed return in investments.
  • Effective response to changing project requirements: It will bring in synergies, integration and a common language to complex program initiatives like Sagarmala, Bharatmala, Smart Cities Mission etc.
  • It is estimated that approx. 304 lakh crore of investment is required in Indian infrastructure sector till 2040.
  • To minimize time and cost overrun due to some key challenges faced during project delivery including uncertainties in the land acquisition process and regulatory approvals, lack of comprehensive upfront planning and risk management etc.
  • It will provide coherent execution approach that forms a crucial link between the portfolios of projects and their component strategic disciplines to ensure smooth execution of the projects.

The Quality Council of India (QCI):

  • It was set up as a non-profit autonomous society in 1997, registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 to establish an accreditation structure in the country and to spread quality movement in India by undertaking a National Quality Campaign.
  • Mission Statement: The Mission of QCI is to lead a nationwide quality movement in India by involving all stakeholders for emphasis on adherence to quality standards in all spheres of activities primarily for promoting and protecting the interests of the nation and its citizens.
  • The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, is the nodal department for QCI.
  • The Chairman of QCI is appointed by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the industry to the government.
  • QCI is governed by a Council of 38 members including the Chairman and Secretary-General. The Council has an equal representation of Government, Industry, and other Stakeholders.

Significance of NPMPF | National Program and Project Management Policy Framework (NPMPF)

  • ‘NPMPF is expected to help in realizing the vision of an Atma Nirbhar Bharat, in which we would need good quality infrastructure; we would need to reduce costs and waste material, without compromising on the environment and ecology.
  • It also ensures time-bound and result-oriented delivery of projects.



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