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I Am Sorry: Indian Bureaucracy at Crossroads

N. Vittal (Author) P.K. Agrawal (Author)
Synopsis The book contains chapters on functioning of bureaucracy in India written by eminent writers like Parkinson and public-spirited bureaucrats like PC Alexander, N Vittal, PS Appu., MN Buch and MK Kaw. The book projects achievements and failures of Indian bureaucracy after independence. It is wrong to blame bureaucracy for all the ills of India as bureaucracy operates only in about 15 to 20 percent portion of the Indian Economy. It also attempts to assess the performance of the present bureaucratic system in India through a general formulae devised by Dr. P.K. Agrawal. The book also sets an agenda to reform the bureaucratic system in India, which is essential for an efficient delivery system of development. The book has universal application to all bureaucratic systems and will be immensely useful for insight into the working of Indian bureaucracy. It will be a handbook for trainee in service officials, administrators and policy-makers.
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About the authors

N. Vittal

Central Vigilance Commissioner, (Retd.) in a career of more than 40 years in the IAS, has held a number of assignments at the Government of Gujarat, Central Government as well as in a Joint Sector Enterprise. He has been Chairman, Telecom Commission and Secretary. Department of Telecommunication, Government of India, Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board; Managing Director, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertiliser Company Limited; and Secretary, Department of Electronics, Government of India. As Chairman, Telecom Commission, Mr. Vittal initiated the process of liberalization in the Telecom sector and played a major role in getting the Telecom Policy 1994 approved. As Secretary, Department of Electronics, he initiated the concept of software exports to zoom. As Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board, he initiated measures for greater transparency and speed in the function of PESB. A prolific writer Mr. Vittal is a regular contributor to journals, magazines and newspapers including The Economic and Political Weekly. The Economic Times, Financial Express, Business India and Several professional journals. He has authored seven books: India Incorporated: Reflections on the Indian electronic Industry, The Vicious Cycle of Vittal’s Law, The Red Tape Guerilla, Fighting Corruption and Restructuring Government, Information Technology: India’s Tomorrow and Public Sector Governance & Management, Vittal has not only been a successful civil servant, but has also been included by the Business Today magazine in their list, prepared at the time of Golden Jubilee of India’s Independence in 1997, of 50 men and women who made a contribution to the economy of the country in the fifty years after independence.

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P.K. Agrawal

Dr. P.K. Agrawal (born: 1950) hails from district Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh; obtained his Master's Degrees in Business Management and Law and was awarded Doctorate in Law by the University of Allahabad. Among several other books he has written, are: Bureaucracy to Bureaucrazy; Land Reforms in India: Constitutional and Legal Approach; Motivation and Indian Bureaucracy; Environment Protection and Pollution Control in the Ganga; India's Move towards Sustainable Development. Dr. Agrawal belongs to 1976 batch of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of West Bengal cadre. He has the experience of working in variuos capacities and in various hierarchies in state and central government for aboutthree decades.

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Bibliographic information

Title I Am Sorry: Indian Bureaucracy at Crossroads
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Manas Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170492149
length 279p., Index; 22cm.