Friday, December 13th, 2019

Hamid Ansari Addresses at 59th Annual Meeting of General Body of IIPA

Hamid AnsariINVC,

Delhi, The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that most importantly, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) should address the urgent need to plug the leakages in the service delivery systems of the government, especially those aimed for the welfare of the poor and deprived sections of society. These leakages have high economic and social costs which not only affect the poor and the marginalized negatively but corrode our entire system of governance. Addressing at the “59th Annual Meeting of the General Body of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)” here today, he has opined that it would also be useful to examine and study some other issues of administration and governance which need to be addressed. Some of these are (i) role of excessive discretion in decision making that promotes corrupt practices; (ii) finding more effective and efficient ways to implement socio-economic welfare schemes so that benefits reach the intended beneficiary; (iii) learning lessons from the informal sector, already an important segment in the economy; (iv) working out models of joint ventures and partnerships in social, business and environmental spheres.  Appreciating the efforts of IIPA, he said that it has taken the first steps towards reaching out to the private sector, not for developing management skills, but in the field of governance. The Confederation of India Industry (CII) has appreciated IIPA’s initiative on familiarizing industry and its officials with administrative laws and procedures at the Panchayats, district, state and central levels. This is a laudable initiative and can contribute to a building a transparent, efficient and accountable system of governance. The IIPA faculty should also endeavour to keep up with the new and emerging public concerns of the day. The focus should be on serious research and analysis of new processes and systems, including the use of technology, that can be adopted at all levels of administration to improve delivery of services to the citizens. The Vice President presented IIPA Annual awards and released a few important IIPA publications on the occasion.

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