New Delhi: At a time when protests against corruption have put the government in a fix, the Planning Commission has picked governance as the key to successful implementation of flagship programmes.
The plan panel has incorporated its concerns on governance deficit in its approach paper to the 12th Five Year Plan, which the commission, is headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “Governance deficit is a hurdle to the key programmes and there should be efforts to improve governance,” Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, said.
The draft paper states that the failure to translate the government’s flagship programmes into reality can be attributed to “flaws in the architecture of implementation”. The approach paper, which has a full chapter on governance, said, “The lack of success of flagship programmes in India is the problem created by governance deficit.”
The approach paper calls for greater participation of civil society in the implementation of such programmes. “Whether it is capacity building of personnel or strengthening of local institutions, civil society has a crucial role to play. The government must strongly encourage partnerships with civil society.” The paper said only those programmes where the help of social mobilisers was taken had been successfully implemented .
Further, the flagship programmes should not be a “one size fits all” prescription, but should be flexible, considering the socio-economic and agro-ecological diversity of the country. “Developing a menu of specific designs and technology options would be the way forward for programmes such as the total sanitation campaign.” Read More
(Source: The Telegraph)