Current Public Administration Magazine (APRIL 2018)

Sample Material of Current Public Administration Magazine

1. Centre State Relations

::Draw the line for Speakers and Governors::

We need to amend the law and forge political consensus to avert subversion of democracy

Speakers and Governors, acting independently of each other or in concert, can navigate the destiny of State governments. Governors also have the capacity to install governments and give them enough time to manufacture a majority. The Governor’s discretion allows them the necessary elbow room to invite either the leader of the single largest party or the leader of a quick-fix post-poll alliance, engineered through generosity in kind or cash, to form the government and give that leader enough time to iron out the creases to win a trust vote in the Assembly.

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2. Information Technology

::Open data, open government::

The time is now ripe for the government to create a data-driven governance architecture

The “audacity of hope” for a country of a billion aspirations is yet to bear result. The new wave of a technological revolution will not be from pure data or access to consumer behaviour. The application of data and their assimilation with solving social problems, enabling better governance and powering elected governments to serve their citizens better is ushering in a new revolution. When Artificial Intelligence is coupled with open data, a real paradigm shift begins. With choice and information-sharing now redefining consumer behaviour, every company is looking to embrace or at least look like it is embracing the new paradigm of data-driven innovation.

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3. Indian Administration

::Questions of promotion::

Barring a few exceptions, the judiciary has not been encouraging on quotas

The Supreme Court’s one line order that the government can go ahead with promotions in government offices — which will have bearing on Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) reservations in promotions — has come with the caveat “in accordance with law”. This is no victory at all as all such promotions, if made, will again be challenged due to a non-fulfilment of conditions laid down in earlier judgments (which under Article 141 of the Constitution are “law declared by the Supreme Court which is binding on all courts”). The solution could be an ordinance if the Dalit cause is dear to the government.

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4. Governance

::Water for thought::

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness in policy circles of the over-exploitation of the country’s water resources. The Atlas of India’s Aquifer Systems, released by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) in 2012, highlighted the falling levels of groundwater in the country. Four years later, the Mihir Shah Committee argued that there is little “understanding of river systems or their interconnections with the health of catchment areas or groundwater”.

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5. Current Topic

::Get to work, please::

The arresting spectacle of the sit-in protest in a Raj Nivas waiting room by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three of his senior-most ministers, two of whom had to be shifted to hospital, has framed multiple crises. In no particular order: The terrible breakdown of a working relationship between the elected government and Lieutenant Governor. The long-festering debate on Delhi’s statehood, waiting to be joined more fully on a calmer day.

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