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Public Sector Reforms in India


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Introduction The District and District Administration District Administration: Structure and Functions Evolving Role of the District Officer Public Sector Reforms: Impact at the District Level New Imperatives and Refurbished Responsibilities The Archetypal Administrator The Administrator - Leader Coordinator: Multi-agency Operations Facilitator: Collaboration at the Cutting Edge Looking Ahead... Appendices Bibliography Index

About the Author

Chandan Sinha is currently serving as Project Director and ex-officio Special Secretary with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal, India. A member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he studied English Literature at St Stephen's College, Delhi, and Public Administration and International Management at the University of South Carolina and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. An astute analyst of public management in India, Sinha has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and books. He has also conducted a survey of training programmes and courses in the areas of Public Administration and Public Policy in some of the leading universities in the United States including Syracuse, Harvard, Princeton, Duke and Columbia.


The book...provides an exhaustive overview of the role of the District Officer including institutional evolution and focusing on opportunities and challenges for the future....The suggestions of the author are ideal and quite good...This book will be immensely useful to the new generation of administrators, practitioners, to imbibe good practices, to be responsive to the requirements of the people and become ideal administrators.

-- Journal of Rural Development
A comprehensive study, this book would appeal to a wide audience-including students, civil servants, NGOs and candidates for the civil services. -- Free Press Journal

This book takes a comprehensive look and suggests ways and means for developing micro-level leadership that would be capable of delivering the goods.

-- The Tribune
Citizens prefer speedy service to sympathy, says the author. Idealism, after all, is best expressed in action, not words. Therefore, a fundamental need is to recast state action in terms of products and services and its `beneficiaries' as citizen customers, and to reorient individuals in the government machinery to perceive themselves as professional service providers.
-- Business Line
This is a book that is long overdue. The central irony which underpins Chandan`s book is that, in a rapidly changing economic and social environment, the role of the District Officer has, in fact, expanded, which flies in the face of conventional wisdom and experience in other countries.
-- Bhatendra Singh Baswan
This book provides an exhaustive review of the role of the District Officer, how it has evolved over time and the opportunitites and challenges it faces today. The author makes a cogent case for the reorientation of this role to that of a leader facilitator, a shift towards a more inclusive world view. -- Deep Joshi
One of the first source books on this subject, this work analyzes the impact of major processes of reform at the district level and suggests reforms towards institutionalizing the new role of the District Officer. -- Naresh Saxena

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