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17.1% Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in July 2016 Over the Same Period in 2015
Aug 19,2016

17.1% growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in July 2016 over the same period in 2015. Bangladesh accounts for highest share of tourist arrivals followed by USA and UK in July 2016. Rs.14, 319 crore Foreign Exchange earned through tourism in July 2016.

Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of July, 2016.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

n++ FTAs during the Month of July, 2016 were 7.36 lakh as compared to FTAs of 6.28 lakh during the month of July, 2015 and 5.69 lakh in July, 2014. There has been a growth of 17.1% in July, 2016 over July, 2015.

n++ FTAs during the period January- July, 2016 were 49.22 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 44.73 lakh with a growth of 4.6% in January- July, 2015 over January- July, 2014.

n++ The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during July, 2016 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (17.30%) followed by USA (16.51%), UK (11.67%), Malaysia (3.49%), France (3.12%), Sri Lanka (2.94%), Canada (2.66%), China (2.32%), Germany (2.31%), Japan (2.20%), Australia (2.20%), Nepal (2.04%), Oman (2.04%), UAE (1.99%) and Pakistan (1.66%).

n++ The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during July, 2016 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (26.22%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.04%), Chennai Airport (10.11%), Haridaspur Land check post (9.82%), Bengaluru Airport (7.31%), Cochin Airport (5.14%), Hyderabad Airport (5.04%),Kolkata Airport (4.20%), Gede Rail (1.97%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.91%), Trivandrum Airport (1.91%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.55%), Attari-Wagah Land check post (1.09%), Amritsar Airport (0.97%) and Ghojadanga land check post (0.71%).

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in Rs. terms and in US$ terms

n++ FEEs during the month of July, 2016 were Rs.14, 319 crore as compared to Rs.11,982 crore in July, 2015 and Rs.10,284 crore in July, 2014.

n++ The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during July, 2016 over July, 2015 was 19.5% as compared to the growth of 16.5% in July, 2015 over July, 2014.

n++ FEEs from tourism in rupee terms during January- July, 2016 were Rs. 87,384 crore with a growth of 15.0% as compared to the FEE of Rs. 76,017 crore with a growth of 9.5% during January- July, 2015 over January- July, 2014.

n++ FEEs in US$ terms during the month of July, 2016 were US$ 2.130 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.884 billion during the month of July, 2015 and US$ 1.712 billion in July, 2014.

n++ The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in July, 2016 over July, 2015 was 13.1% compared to the growth of 10.0% in July, 2015 over July, 2014.

n++ FEE from tourism in US$ terms during January- July, 2016 were US$ 12.995 billion with a growth of 7.5% as compared to the US$ 12.087 billion with a growth 5.3% during January- July, 2015 over January- July, 2014.

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Canal & dam-based rooftop plants can help save 25% of water evaporation losses in India: ASSOCHAM-EY study
Aug 19,2016

Canal and dam-based rooftop plants can not only produce power but can also potentially save 25 per cent of water evaporation losses in India where water is a critical infrastructure, a recent ASSOCHAM-EY joint study said.

n++Besides, higher maintenance cost comes with less or no cost of land and water and energy security are addressed simultaneously,n++ noted the study titled Road to 100 GW: Grid integration & power market perspectives, conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) jointly with EY.

It also said that addressing both adequacy of resources and system quality is essential to maintain reliability of power at least-cost while the power sector shifts from being dominated by conventional power to renewable.

The study highlighted that rising shares of variable renewable is making resource flexibility, effective demand side management, generation forecasting and accurate load forecasting an investment consideration as well as an operational one.

n++These phases will lead to the development of a market where 100 per cent solar power can potentially be sold at the exchange and it will also lead to a well-established ancillary services market,n++ added the ASSOCHAM-EY study.

Low-cost measures like investment in transmission, introduction of shorter scheduling intervals for increasing accuracy of schedule, enabling regional balancing of power and others can help mitigate operational challenges posed by growing shares of variable renewable energy before introducing flexibility in generation portfolio, suggested the study for facilitating accelerated growth of solar power.

It should be ensured that existing power market is designed and operated to extract all cost-effective flexibility services available from all existing resources (consumers and generators).

Besides, all qualifying demand-side management options should also be fully able to participate in the market, both directly and through aggregators.

Going forward, large shares of variable and intermittent renewable energy requires that investment is done to ensure system quality through CERC (Central Electricity Regulatory Commission) regulation on ancillary services and also through introduction of a fully functional control reserves market to ensure provision of ancillary and balancing service.

The ASSOCHAM-EY study recommended establishing a procedure for combining gross demand forecast with renewable energy generation forecast to derive a net demand forecast.

n++Use this net demand forecasts to assess on a periodic basis, the demand for critical flexibility services thereby taking into account the available dispatchable resources to provide these services,n++ it said.

The study also suggested establishing a methodology for setting maximum value to the upcoming generation both conventional and renewable energy depending on expected future peak load forecast and system reliability requirements.

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MoU signed between Indian Oil Corporation and the Roads and Highways Department of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh
Aug 19,2016

Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) and the Roads and Highways Department of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Dhaka. The MoU enables IOCL to send its trucks carrying Motor Spirit, High Speed Diesel, Superior Kerosene Oil & Liquefied Petroleum Gas from Meghalaya to Tripura via territory of Bangladesh. The validity of this facility is till end September, 2016. Both sides have also agreed to extend the transit facility for a further short period on need basis.

The work on the broad gauging of the railway track in the North-Eastern region has shifted the goods vehicle traffic on to the roads. Further, due to heavy rains in the region this Monsoon, the roads, including NH 44, have been affected resulting in non plying of goods trucks, including those carrying petroleum goods to Tripura. This resulted into a situation of scarcity of essential petroleum goods.

The Bangladesh Government, given the friendly, multi-dimensional and expanding bilateral relations between the two countries, agreed to Indias request for facilitation of the movement of IOCL trucks carrying petroleum goods to Tripura through its territory. While alternate measures are also being taken to address the situation, the facilitation extended by the Bangladesh Government under the MoU is expected to improve the situation of shortage of petroleum products in Tripura in appreciable measure.

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Central Government decides to simplify the consent mechanism for OMBs
Aug 19,2016

In the spirit of Co-operative federalism and in order to bring-in the transparency and predictability in the Open Market Borrowings (OMBs) by the States, the Central Government has decided to simplify the consent mechanism for OMBs under Article 293 (3) of the Constitution.

Till now, the States were required to obtain quarterly consent from the Central Government for raising OMBs within the Net Borrowing Ceiling (NBC) fixed for each of the States as per the formula prescribed by the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC). The simplified mechanism would, however, allow the States to prepare their borrowing calendar for the first nine months and seek one-time consent for raising OMBs during the first nine months of the Financial Year. Thereafter, based on the assessment of details of borrowings and repayment thereof (actuals for first 3 quarters and estimates for last quarter), consent for the first two months of Fourth Quarter will be given. The consent for the last month i.e. March will be given based on the re-assessment of actual borrowings for the first 11 months by the States.

Thus, the simplified procedure will ensure that consent under Article 293(3) is issued only on three occasions during the year, one in the month of April for first nine months after fixation of borrowing ceilings, second in the month of December for the first two months of the fourth quarter and last in the month of March after the assessment of actual borrowings by the States.

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The Central Government decides to give Special Assistance of Rs.1,976.50 crore to Andhra Pradesh during 2016-17
Aug 19,2016

In order to fulfill its commitment to the people of Andhra Pradesh and to compensate the financial impact arising out of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh the Government of India has decided to provide further n++Special Assistancen++ of Rs.1,976.50 crore to the State during 2016-17. The amount includes Rs.1176.50 for Resource Gap, Rs.350 crore for the development of 7 backward districts covering Rayalaseema & North Coastal region and Rs.450 crore as assistance for the capital city. Thus, with the current sanction of funds, the Central Government has so far provided Central assistance of Rs.8379.50 crore to the State of Andhra Pradesh which includes Rs.4403 crore released during 2014-15 and Rs.2000 crore released during 2015-16 in terms of the provisions under the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act, 2014.

The Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act, 2014 entrusts the Central Government to make appropriate grants in the form of special assistance to the backward areas of successor States, provide assistance for creation of new capital of Andhra Pradesh and to provide assistance to bridge the resource gap arising post-bifurcation.

Accordingly, cumulatively from the enactment of the Re-organisation Act i.e. 2nd June, 2014 till 2016-17, Rs. 3979.50 crore has been released to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh for bridging the resource gap for the financial year 2014-2015, Rs.1050 crore @ Rs. 50 crore per district has been provided for the development of 7 backward districts covering Rayalaseema & North Coastal region, Rs.2500 crore has been provided as assistance for the capital city which includes Rs. 1000 crore released by the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) for sewerage & drainage schemes at Guntur and Vijavada cities respectively and Rs.850 crore released upto 2015-16 for the Polvaram Irrigation Project among others.

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Rules under Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 providing option to declarant the fair market value of immoveable property acquired amended
Aug 19,2016

The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 (the Scheme) provides an opportunity to persons who have not paid full taxes in the past to come forward and declare their undisclosed income and assets. Income Declaration Scheme Rules, 2016 (the Rules) were notified on 19 May 2016. Representations have been received from various stakeholders to provide an option to value the immoveable property on the basis of the registered value. After due consideration of the representations, the Rules have been amended to provide that where acquisition of an immovable property is evidenced by a registered deed, an option shall be available with the declarant to declare the fair market value of such property by applying the cost inflation index to stamp duty value of the property.

Further, the fifth set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) providing clarification on various issues under the Scheme has been issued and is available on the official website of the Income Tax Department i.e., Some of the important issues clarified therein are as under:

(i) Where loans, creditors, advances received, share capital, payables etc. are disclosed in the audited balance sheet but are fictitious in nature and cannot be directly linked to acquisition of a particular asset, then such fictitious liabilities can be disclosed under the Scheme as such without linking the same with the investment in any specific asset.

(ii) The income declared under the Scheme for an earlier assessment year can be taken into account to explain the related transactions of the subsequent assessment years in assessment proceedings pending before the Assessing Officer provided there is a nexus between the two.

(iii) No adverse action shall be taken against the declarant by FIU or the income-tax department solely on the basis of cash deposits made in banks consequent to the declaration made under the Scheme.

(iv) The period of holding of assets declared under the Scheme shall be taken on the basis of the actual date of acquisition of such asset and not from 1.6.2016 as clarified earlier.

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BRO Launches Ambitious Tree Plantation Drive
Aug 19,2016

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), under Ministry of Defence, which is one of the premier road construction agencies of the country launched a massive tree plantation drive in the Northern & Eastern states of India. The plantation drive was organised simultaneously in the Headquarters in Delhi and all its 18 Project across the country, wherein the employees along with the local populace took part in large numbers.

In the BRO headquarters Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, Director General Border Roads (DGBR) leading the drive said that almost two lakh saplings will be planted across the country under this programme. He said n++This is one of the biggest ever tree plantation drive undertaken by the BRO, organised with the aim to protect the ecology and increase the green cover along the border areas of the Country.n++ He further added that apart from planting of the saplings, the most important thing is to ensure their maintenance and care.

The General Officer also informed the media about the plan of BRO to include 1 percent of cost of project in the estimates for greening of areas along the roads. n++It is our solemn duty to conserve the flora for future generations,n++ the DGBR said. This effort is also aimed at saving the precious life and land from soil erosion and consequent flash floods caused by the incessant rains and also to make the people aware about the importance of tree plantation.

BRO also plans to conduct numerous activities to create awareness amongst the people, by way of organizing community participation, competitions for children and by organizing a mini-marathon with the theme Run for the Roads in the near future.

It was very heartening to see the active participation by the BRO officials and employees in the drive as they aim to plant 10 lakh saplings in the next two years.

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Central Secretariat employees seek pay parity
Aug 18,2016

A delegation of the Central Secretariat Stenographers Service (CSSS) Association, called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for parity in pay fixation and related issues.

The delegation led by Shri Raj Kishore Singh submitted a memorandum listing details of their long pending issues and suggesting options to resolve the same. According to the memorandum, while applying Rule 8 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008, the pay of direct recruits and new entrants is fixed at higher stage, when compared to the existing employees who were promoted in the same grade. This leads to discrimination in the fixation of pay of Personal Assistants of one category vis-n++-vis the other category.

The memorandum also stated that the issue has been lingering on in the National Anomaly Committee for the last four years, but it has not been addressed. It pleaded that the mechanism of grant of n++stepping upn++ to certain employees should be provided only in exceptional cases and not resorted to as a routine matter to sort out discrepancies which may affect a large number of employees.

Members of the delegation suggested that their issue can be addressed by incorporating a new provision in the Rules wherein if a promotees pay is getting fixed at a stage lower than that of a direct recruit, then the pay of the promotee should be fixed at the same stage as that of a direct recruit / new entrant. The other option suggested by them was to amend the CCS (RP) Rules so as to appropriately fix the pay in the Pay Band for a particular post carrying a specific Grade Pay.

Dr Jitendra Singh gave a sympathetic hearing to the members of delegation and assured them that DoPT will try to sort out their issue to the maximum extent possible.

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Revenue Secretary and Senior Officers of Department of Revenue and CBEC hold Sectoral Meetings with various stakeholders on GST
Aug 18,2016

Continuing with its commitment to the early and smooth roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and recognizing the role of trade and industry as equal partners and stakeholders in this historic reform, both Department of Revenue and Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) are holding interactive sessions, spread over three days starting from yesterday i.e. 17th August, 2016, with representatives of the various sectors of the economy. Revenue Secretary Dr Hasmukh Adhia along with senior officers of the Department of Revenue and CBEC held meetings with representatives of IT and ITES and Transport Sector yesterday and with the representatives of e-commerce and Communications today. Senior officials of the Department of Revenue and CBEC are also jointly holding sessions with other sectors such as Financial Services, Civil Aviation, Exporters, Professional bodies like Institutes of Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Company Secretaries and Chambers of trade and industry, like FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM and PHD among others. The Interactive Sessions underline the endeavour of the Government in order to understand and address the apprehensions and concerns of the various stakeholders about GST and also provide a platform for business to express their views on important aspects of GST. Ten sessions of two hours each will be conducted over three days. Outcome of the interactions has been very fruitful and productive so far and will help the Government to fine tune and improve the GST law. More such sessions with trade and industry stakeholders are also being planned in near future.

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Supreme Court directs CPCB to receive 1% Environment protection charge from manufacturers/dealers in Delhi & National Capital region
Aug 18,2016

Honble Supreme Court has directed all manufacturers/dealers of Delhi-NCR, selling diesel cars with engine capacity of 2000 cc and above, to pay 1% Environment Protection Charge (1% of Ex-Showroom price of the vehicle). Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been directed by Honble Supreme Court to open a separate account for this purpose in a Scheduled Public Sector bank. Therefore, CPCB has opened an account for this purpose in Union Bank of India, the details of which are furnished under:

Account Name: CPCB-EPC

Account No.: 532702010008813

Bank: Union Bank of India

While depositing 1% EPC, the following details may be mentioned in pay-in-slip at the bank counter.

a. CPCB-EPC, Account No. 532702010008813

b. By DD/Cash towards Vehicle VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

c. Dealer details

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India Post Payments Bank Incorporated
Aug 18,2016

The India Post Payments Bank has received the Certificate of Incorporation from the Registrar of Companies, Ministry of Corporate Affairs yesterday under the Companies Act 2013. This would be the first PSU under the Department of Posts. This has happened in the wake of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modis Independence Day address, raising the expectations of the people from the soon to be set up India Post Payments Bank. With this move the Department of Posts has cleared an important milestone on this journey.

With the incorporation, the Board of the India Post Payments Bank is likely to be constituted soon. The incorporation of the IPPB Ltd is a significant step forward as this also paves the way for the bank to begin hiring of banking professionals to set up the bank and begin its operations in 2017. The Department of Posts is expected to complete the roll out of its branches all over the country by September 2017. This could be the fastest roll out for a bank anywhere in the world.

The aspiration for the India Post Payments Bank is to become the most accessible bank in the world riding on state of the art banking and payments technology. Coupled with the physical presence across 1.55 lakh post offices and the reach of n++The Dakiyan++, the India Post Payments Bank aims to become a powerful and effective vehicle of real financial inclusion in the country. It is poised to create a national payments architecture riding on a modern payments platform and ubiquitous information and communication technologies that can be accessed by all users and service providers like never before. The stakeholders of the India Post Payments Bank within the Government and outside are looking at this new entity as a catalyst to social and financial inclusion.

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Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the SwatantrataSainikSamman Pension Scheme
Aug 18,2016

The existing pension scheme for Central freedom fighter pensioners and their eligible dependents has been restructured as per the table below: Sl. No. Category of freedom fightersPresent amount of pension n++(per month)Enhanced amount of pension(per month) 1.Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/ spousesRs. 24,775Rs.30,0002.Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spousesRs. 23,085Rs. 28,0003.Other Freedom Fighters/ spousesn++ including INA Rs. 21,395Rs. 26,0004.Dependent parents/ eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time)Rs. 3,380 (dependent parents)

Rs. 5,070 (daughters)

50% of the sum that would have been admissible to the Freedom Fighter i.e. in the range of Rs. 13,000 toRs. 15,000

The revised scale shall take effect from 15 August 2016.

The existing Dearness Relief system based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers, which was hitherto applied to freedom fighter pensioners on annual basis, is being discontinued and replaced by the Dearness Allowance system applicable to Central Government employees twice a year.

All freedom fighters and spouses and dependent parents/eligible daughter pensioners of deceased freedom fighters drawing pension under the SwatantrataSainikSamman Pension Scheme, 1980 would be benefitted by the decision. So far, total 1,71,605 freedom fighters and their eligible dependents have been sanctioned pension under the scheme. At present 37,981 freedom fighters and their eligible dependent pensioners are covered under the scheme. Of these, 11,690 are freedom fighters themselves, 24,792 are spouses(widows/widowers) and 1,499 are daughter pensioners.

In 1969, Government of India introduced the Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners Pension Scheme to honour the freedom fighters who had been incarcerated in the Cellular Jail at Port Blair. In 1972, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of our Independence, a regular scheme for grant of freedom fighters pension was introduced. Thereafter, with effect from 01.08.1980, a liberalized scheme, namely the SwatantrataSainikSamman Pension Scheme is being implemented. Besides the freedom fighters, spouses (widows/widowers), unmarried and unemployed daughters (upto maximum three at any point of time) and parents of deceased freedom fighters are eligible for pension under the scheme.

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National Steering Committee to be setup on Fodder Development
Aug 18,2016

Government has decided to constitute a National Steering Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and a Technical Committee headed by Director, National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP) Banguluru, on issues related to Feed and Fodder Development in the country.

The decision has been taken in a review meeting held by the Secretary (ADF), Shri Devendra Chaudhry with National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP) Banguluru, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, National Dairy Development Board, Anand and ICAR, here on Tuesday. The issues of increasing the nutritious fodder within the available resources were also discussed at length.

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Banks have to make themselves socially relevant to stay in the reckoning: RBI Dy. Governor, R Gandhi
Aug 18,2016

Mr. R. Gandhi, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India, exhorted banks to take full advantage of technological developments and tailor them to the needs of the customer. He called for a positive shift by banks towards becoming socially relevant entities, else the run the risk of being edged out.

Mr. Gandhi urged banks to pull up their socks and address the emerging trends in the banking sector which were being dictated by technology, regulation and customers.

He said technology and customer expectation have chunked away banking functions from banks. This was because banks no longer do banking exclusively, non-banking institutions and fintech companies were getting into their domain strongly. This does not bode well as it had all the potential to de-grow banks and ultimately decimate them, he cautioned.

Mr. Gandhi said the millennials crave for instant gratification and have a no loyalty approach. The banking industry would therefore have to change the way it conducts business to cater to the needs of Gen X. He said the solutions offered by fintech companies were effective and therefore they possess a disruptive power that banks would have to contend with.

The Deputy Governors mantra was to n++make yourselves socially relevantn++ to avert the onslaught of technology, regulation and customer preferences.

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Gartner Says Public Sector CIOs Can Lead a Citizen Services Revolution
Aug 18,2016

Public sector organizations could harness digital disruption in times of change to bring about a revolution in citizen services, said Gartner, Inc. These efforts are often hindered by top-down hierarchies, cultural legacies and the lack of a compelling vision. There are, however, successful examples that can be replicated.

Public sector organizations often have cultural and organizational mechanisms to buffer them from rapid swings in the political or economic landscape, said Elise Olding, research vice president at Gartner. While this provides stability, it also makes large-scale organizational change a difficult prospect.

Frequently, public sector CIOs who champion change are challenged by a risk-averse culture and a resource allocation that is restricted to discrete outputs rather than holistic outcomes. They also face short election and budget cycles that are out of phase with organizational needs. Public sector leaders n++ including CIOs n++ must create a culture that is less averse to change, unified in vision and direction, and that can manage change more effectively over longer time frames.

None of these challenges are insurmountable, said Ms. Olding. Based on our conversations with public sector CIOs who have seen success in their digital transformation, Gartner has identified three key recommendations.

1. Promote a Compelling Vision

In an ideal scenario, a CIO will receive clear direction on the strategic intent of the organization and the role IT will play in that. Too often, however, public sector organizations lack a clear business strategy to which the CIO can align IT investments. Yet, in either case, its vital the CIO formulates a vision of how technology investments will achieve a desired future state for the organization.

The best kind of vision should fit on a postcard, said Ms. Olding. It expresses in clear, nontechnical terms on one page what is wrong with the status quo, and outlines a set of activities and investments that will improve things.

A vision like this allows for engagement with executive leaders, so they can affirm, revise or reject and replace the strategic direction the CIO has outlined for the IT organization. If clear executive direction was lacking from the outset, this engagement may serve as a catalyst to improve the strategy outside the IT organization. If a clear direction was in place, the vision will still affirm and provide a template for ITs role in bringing it to reality.

2. Make Change Inclusive

Getting executive buy-in is just the first step; the vision is the cornerstone for action, said Ms. Olding. Its critical to communicate the vision to midlevel management and frontline workers in a way that demonstrates how their role fits into the vision, and how the completed vision will improve their role. A credible answer to the question, Whats in it for me? builds caring and belief.

Its also important that the vision shows how it builds on the good work of earlier efforts. This will not be the first vision seen by most employees. Many of them will have invested in one or more previous visions, only to see them swept away or discredited by a new round of leaders. They may be justifiably skeptical of a new picture. To win their support CIOs must avoid hyping their vision as a panacea, but rather present it as an iteration and expansion of previous achievements.

In addition to honoring the culture and legacy of an organization and how it contributes to the future vision, CIOs must cultivate change agents. These are employees who clearly understand the vision and its benefits, and champion it among their peers. CIOs can better harness the creativity and insights of the entire organization when they constantly invite, encourage and support employees at all levels who show desire to make the vision a reality.

3. Alter Leadership Practices

Embracing change will require changes for everyone, and that starts with leadership. Organizational cultures can foster myths that are comfortable yet counterproductive. Such myths are rooted in the language of thats how weve always done things, which reinforces a victim mentality and smothers innovation.

The CIOs who succeed in transforming the business actively confront ingrained behaviors, traditions and legacy processes, said Ms. Olding. They challenge leadership and are successful in instilling a clearly defined sense of urgency around their vision that gains the trust and support of the entire organization, from leadership to frontline workers.

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