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Joshi bats for Sarpanchs

In an exclusive interview with Governance Now`s Shivani Chaturvedi, Union Minister for Rural Development Dr C P Joshi talks about his efforts to make  the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) more effective. Strangely, he is persisting with a system that makes sarpanchs both the judge and the jury. The sarpanchs are the ones who get the NREGA projects executed in the

`Make Intelligence Accountable`

VP wants intelligence agencies accountable to the legislature........ Here we produce the speech he gave at the RN Kao Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on January 19. "I am honoured to be invited today to deliver this lecture to commemorate an iconic personality who dedicated his life to the service of the Republic and created structures deemed essential for the securit

From Republics to Republic

The release of this inaugural issue of Governance Now, on the completion of sixty years of the Republic of India, naturally raises the obvious question as to what have been the achievements, or failures, of our republic in these sixty years. This logically leads to the still deeper question that comes to the mind, viz, did India become a republic only on the adoption of the constitution which d

Subsidy Riddle

Good politics is bad for economics, and this is true of fertiliser subsidy. Driven by the political compulsion, fertiliser subsidy has come under severe criticism from all quarters. The IIM Ahmedabad carried out a study which shows that fertiliser subsidy has increased significantly since 1991. It finds huge disparity in distribution of  subsidy in different states. The UPA

`Only solution is to finish off Maoists`

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister speaks about the Maoist menace..... In an exclusive interview with Governance Now Deputy Editor Prasanna Mohanty, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh says the Maoist menace can be tackled by the judicious use of force and development work. Below are some excerpts on key issues: Q: Why is the administration finding it so tou

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