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Citizens' Report on Governance and Development 2007: Social Watch India

Yogesh Kumar (Author) Amitabh Behar (Author) John Samuel (Author) Jagadananda (Author)
Synopsis The ultimate test of effective governance is the fulfilment of its commitments to the citizens ensuring delivery of public services right up to the excluded and the marginalised sections of society. Institutions and their functionaries are the vehicles which carry the governance agenda forward. They represent the connecting links between the state and the citizens in terms of programmes of development. Therefore citizens must reclaim the institutions to serve their interests by participating actively at all levels of governance. It is thus important for a civil society initiative like social watch to intervene at different levels through constant and critical evaluation of the performance of these institutions and serve as an effective advocacy tool. In this backdrop the Citizens' Report on Governance and Development 2007, evaluates the four key institutions of governance in India: the parliament, the judiciary, the policy-making institutions (the executive) and the institutions of local self-government. Through the lens of fundamental economic and social values--such as rights, development, freedom and security--this report examines the sensitivity, efficiency and efficacy of the institutions in enforcing rights and ensuring delivery of public services. While reviewing the major developments of the year and probing the dynamics of democratization, the 2007 report also: Highlights the causal and inadequate manner in which parliamentary questions are posed and answered; Analyses various reform measures and welfare schemes adopted by the government while cautioning against putting public resources into private projects, under the mantra of public-private partnership; Examines some significant court verdicts and argues that solutions for the judicial system should have a demand orientation, which protects the poor; and Observes that the State Governments' performance in the process of decentralisation leaves much to be desired, despite the consensus about objectives. By now, this annual report--unique to the Indian political landscape--has developed into a fine tool for individual citizens and organised civil society to make government institutions more accountable. The latest edition will generate a healthy and constructive debate on the entire process of governance in India and will be welcomed by policy-makers, lawyers, scholars studying governance, journalists, civil society activists and concerned citizens.
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About the author

Yogesh Kumar

Yogesh Kumar is a wildlife enthusiast and a photographer. His photographs have appeared in several national and international magazines including India Today, Outlook, kadambini and Friday at Dubai. He has held ten photographic exhibitions. He is a bureaucrat.

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Bibliographic information

Title Citizens' Report on Governance and Development 2007: Social Watch India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.09.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178298061
length 182p., Tables. Figures.