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Highlander’s Plainspeak: An Administrative Rede

 
Taradatt (Author)
Synopsis

Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Firmly Grounded Early Life, Education and Training. 2. First Cut in Revenue, Regulatory, Development Administration. 3. Decisive District Administration: Ganjam. 4. Desk Jobs in the Secretariat and Foreign Training. 5. Deep Plough: Agriculture and Food Production. 6. A Bit of Everything. 7. Central Sojourn: Handling Home Affairs and AYUSH. 8. Taxing Life: Administration of Commercial Taxes in Odisha. 9. Equity and Equality:  ST and SC and OBC and Minorities Welfare. 10.  Multiple Hats: Cooperation, Excise and Rural Development. 11.  Highest Office: Cabinet Secretariat and its functioning. 12.  Saving Precious Lives: Revenue and Disaster Management. 13.  KBK Districts: Superior Endowments, Conspicuous Deficits. 14.  The Past Gone, Seizing Today: Closure of Innings.

 

The “Highlander's Plainspeak:  an Administrative Rede” is a unique narrative. Structured over important posts held by author over a period of thirty three years of active service in Indian Administration, it recounts personal novel experiences while critically analysing reformative and developmental interventions. It spans wide-ranging fields of administration. From policy-making to implementation of schemes, taxation and planned spending, it forays into the unexpected heavy fire-fighting during natural disasters and emergencies, besides challenging brushes with polity and judiciary. It can be useful not only for the  budding aspirants and administrators but also to those having academic interest in nuances and caveats, potential and paradoxes of the Indian administrative system in all its facets. The book shows how the system rewards and motivates but also punishes and bruises, sometimes without rhyme or reason. Misunderstandings with seniors, contemporaries and friends can be common, and at times vicious. The narratives reveal how an administrator can exercise functional leverage through specific and broad-based interventions  at every rung of hierarchy, even  while holding posts type-cast as administratively insignificant. The book reflects the die-hard spirit of an emotionally-detached administrator, who turned his assignments into the most productive ones for the public at large.

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About the author

Taradatt

Dr. Taradatt, MA in Sanskrit from Banaras Hindu University and Ph.D. for his work on Sankar’s Philosophy from the same Institution. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in the year 1983. Having held various assignments such as Sub Collector, Project Director-District Rural Development Agency, Collector and District Magistrate, Director-Tribal Welfare, Director, Mass Education, Agriculture and Food Production, Additional Secretary-Panchayat Raj, Commissioner cum Secretary-Fisheries and Animal Resources Development etc. under the Government of Orissa, the author joined the Government of India on August 1, 2000 as Joint Secretary, Zonal Council Secretariat and Director (State Reorganisation), Ministry of Home Affairs, Director, Mass Education. He has a number of articles to his credit on development related issues, which have been published in different reputed Journals. Another book written by him on Block Development Administration is under publication.

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Bibliographic information

Title Highlander’s Plainspeak: An Administrative Rede
Author Taradatt
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.03.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121219686
length 521p.
Subjects History