Public Sector Reforms in India: New Role of the District by Chandan Sinha

By Chandan Sinha

The general public region in India has advanced over the last centuries to conform to contextual alterations like political framework, financial stipulations, and people's expectancies. convinced systemic and institutional adjustments mirror the continued transformation in the quarter. One such switch has been within the position of the District Officer (DO). starting as a space administrator-with the time table of profit assortment and illustration of colonial authority-in the 18th century, the workplace has this present day advanced right into a multi-faceted functionary on the centre of district management. regrettably, this strategy of evolution and reaction to the deepening of democracy has frequently been unsuitable for a diminution of the place of work. This booklet brings into point of view the techniques and influence of public area reforms that experience long past nearly neglected by means of learning advancements that experience quietly, yet irreversibly, altered the way in which the Indian nation offers items and prone to its citizen-customers. It calls upon the nation to aid the hot, evolving and transformational position of the DO within the context of fast adjustments. This e-book additionally identifies gaps in present examine during this sector.

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In the northern states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan these officials are called Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) whereas, in the eastern states of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal they are addressed as Sub Divisional Officers (SDOs). The SDO is an executive magistrate in charge of the subdivision who exercises authority not only under revenue laws but also under the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). In Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa, the SDO functions as a ‘mini-Collector’ in his/her jurisdiction.

Depending upon the region under scrutiny in India, some examples of IPOs involved are WHO, UNICEF 30 Public Sector Reforms in India and UNDP. Foreign government organizations (FGOs) with a presence in state capitals and in districts are: DFID, GTZ and SIDA. The variety of NGOs in the field is immense. Some international NGOs like ActionAid and CARE work through local NGOs; national and state-level NGOs like PRADAN, Bharat Sevashram Sangha and Ram Krishna Mission having branches at the district and subdistrict levels; while local NGOs may have a district or a sub-district level area of operation.

Within one district, depending upon a number of factors, there may be several levels of operation for different departments. Some of the factors affecting the choice of the level at which departments operate are: Nature of functions of the departments Agencies that provide a good or service to people on an individual basis usually, within the constraints of resources, maintain a presence at the lowest levels. Traditional departments such as those related to land revenue, police and education provide services or function at the lowest level of the administrative structure.

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