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Pangariha holds bureaucracy responsible for slow reform

By IndianMandarins- 26 Mar 2020


In his latest book, former vice chairman of government think tank NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya delves about Indian bureaucracy that often sufferfrom a socialist overhang leading it to slow down even in the cases of such reforms that the top leadership seeks to implement.

Panagariya writes in his book that the government attempts to privatize a large number of PSUs remained stalled despite the PM’s push to get cabinet approval for the list of companies drawn up by the NITI Aayog.
However, once the matter went to the DIPAM, it remained stuck there,” Panagariya says in his book — ‘India Unlimited, Reclaiming the Lost Glory’, adding that labour law reforms offered another example of how the bureaucracy blocked efforts of the political executive. 
He feels bureaucracy’s adherence to socialism remains deeply rooted in the education its members receive in Indian universities, where faculty members are often wedded to anti-business and anti-market ideology.The book offers many such examples where anyone finds it difficult to break steel framework of bureaucracy. In another example related to civil services reform. PM took s initiative for lateral entry at the top levels of the bureaucracy but going by available information, a conclusion could be reached upon that bureaucracy slowed down the process to such an extant that it was only at the very end of his term that nine officers could be inducted from outside, sense Panagariya, who is a professor of economics at Columbia University.

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