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Citizens' Report on Governance and Development 2008-09

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Synopsis The ultimate test of effective governance as the nation goes into 15th general elections, is the fulfillment of its commitments to the citizens ensuring delivery of public services right up to the excluded and the marginalized 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 2008-09, 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 Right, 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 development of the year and probing the dynamics of democratization, the 2008-09 Report also: highlights the casual and inadequate manner in which Parliament functions; analyzes 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 decentralization 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 organized 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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Title Citizens' Report on Governance and Development 2008-09
Author N / A
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.06.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Daanish Books
Language: English
isbn 9788189654665
length 200p., Tables; Figures; Maps; 27cm.