Saturday, June 23, 2018

Achieving Good Governance Is A Problem?


Good Governance difficult to get?
            The UPSC selects the Best brains. They are involved and entrusted to achieve Good Governance. Then, Why Good governance is not achieved?
Above question, I posted on my Linkedin account (https://www.linkedin.com/in/heeralalias). This post received following comments which is worth sharing.
1.      

Shahid Raza Mansri


Bcoz Brainless people (Political People) control these Highly Educated People and seek for personal benefit in every policy developed by Best brains... (edited)
2.

ravi kant tripathi


When you take the best, you have to feed them the best. If you feed garbage to the best, it will churn out garbage better than any other brain. LOL They are the best after all. LOL Cheers!!!
3.

sujay kumar


Provided they are allowed to work (minus the political agenda).
 4.

Dr. Ashok Prajapati


They mostly become corrupt and don’t remain motivated after getting back to dirty system. This is based on my personal interaction with them...they just don’t care...some care but system doesn’t let them do much.
5.

Mohit Srivastava


Their political bosses are not qualified sometimes and they are the ones who make the final decision. That could be one of the reason I guess sir.
 6.

Dr. Ashok Prajapati


They mostly become corrupt and don’t remain motivated after getting back to dirty system. This is based on my personal interaction with them...they just don’t care...some care but system doesn’t let them do much.

7.

Kumar Y V S


Now it all has become the prevalent modus operandi for Leaders and Managers of falling in line or fitting in with the prevailing culture of organizations and suiting oneself to the whims and fancies of the powers-that-be. The strengths and unique insights each such so-called best brains (to quote your phraseology) become redundant and superfluous. They call it getting ahead while integrity and honesty are unspoken casualities that have no mourners. Why bemoan the obvious?
8.

Atul Kumar Arora


Good governance comes with good character. Good character comes from Good society and good value system. They are the part of society where they see "Chalta Hai " and "Jugaad" since childhood . They see the power of money since childhood and they run after it and forget about society, nation and humanity!!
 9.

jyoti s.


Jaisiyaram, point hei
10.

Mradul Gupta


If we start counting then list is long but one thing is that after selection the best brains are working under votes greedy brains
11.

Mahendra Singh


There is no guarantee that best brain will remain best all the time or till end.

12.

Prashant Rai


Selection is different then proper orientation. Are those best brains are properly oriented?

13.

Manish Kumar


For any governance to be good, meaning to govern is to be taken as consideration point whom and what are we governing , if we shot without taking aim we miss out the target as we aren't Rajnikant in real life. In order to govern aim and targets have to be well defined not on papers but in actuals and consistent and time bound milestone needs to be done like any project management. Governance is started with a good spirit but as it's a two way process first whom it governs and who governs both have to be inline. It's not always easy to do good things , and to do good thing that to a right way takes lot of courage and estatemenship to deliver it to the ground. Failures which I see for non achievement 1. Lack of trust on both sides be it the recipient or the facilitator. 2. Lack of Honesty on the task or goal assignment also reluctance in expediting due to lack of interest by babu's due to personal agendas 3. Lack of clear play field for implementation of the governance initiative. 4. Delegation of works and not following up with proper audits that too on scientific approach bases. 5. Subject matter expertise is also a challenge in case execution is being planned but gaps in knowledge might land u in failure.
14.

S.K. Mishra


Only best brains are not sufficient for good governance, commitments & passions are also required... (edited)

15.

Dr. Ram Nath Prasad


UPSC doesn't not test the aptitude and passion of a person. We don't have such type of test. Also, our recruitment system is closed. It doesn't allow outsiders a lateral entry, and hence, as the times passes, it becomes dead. In fact, any closed system will become dead.
16.

Telford Test House


1)Is it really require to have high level brain to serve common public ? 2) What is important and required for selection a) Is it brain or committment to serve the society. 3) I understand instead having tough qualifying criteria for this service , a judgement and process is required to select person committed to serve the society without any lust and greed. 4) Millions of poor require committed govt officials to elevate their lives.

17.

Sunil Tiwari


Professionally best brains are right hand side of elected politicians (educated or illiterate). These politicians are elected after spending lot of fund (irrespective of source) and has limited time of 5 years to fulfill their dream, desire, need, whims and fancies. Best selected brain becomes their ladder & tools to achieve this fast. As our society needs politician to represent us again so they have to pass Litmus test after completion of 5 years tenure. This also requires lot of funds. New policy that emerges on the surface. Funds, funds, funds, and lot of funds. Without right hand it is not possible. Therefore willingly or unwilling best brains are part of culture and becomes a nexus. We just can not strile our society. It's percentage can be brought up or down and there can be numerous ways to do this.
18.
Cos there is disconnect between brain and experience. Training module for IAS is outdated and has no practical impact nowadays. To achieve good governance we need to first educate IAS trainees and than give them postings.
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19. 
Nice question to be answered by IAS itself as they have zero contact people 2 people Instead every one knows that their training of 2 years make them like this ??????
20.
We plan good, implement it good but lake of honest execution. We failed there.

Above comments from diverse nature of personalities are amazing. We can read between the lines to get Good Goverance(GG). India badly needs GG. Therefore , we all are responsible to contribute in order to achieve it.
Heera Lal ( Views are personal)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Achieving Good Governance And Politics

A-     Our Political Executive (PE) sells social product ‘Good Governance (CG) in our campaigns during elections. They promise to bring GG to develop the nation.  As a result, happiness and quality of life of citizens will improve. In return, they seek the mandate of the citizens in the form of vote.
B-     Our PE, once voted to power, they need to fulfill their promises made. For this, they need performer executives/bureaucrats. But, it is observed that, in most of cases, PE picks follower type executive rather than performer. This anomaly needs to be looked into in order to archive GG. 
C-     Why performers are not given preference over followers. What are the reasons :
1-      They keep always  in site, so liking is developed for them.
2-      They do what PE likes. Do not care other things.
3-      They watch Interest of PE rather than public.
4-      They are yes man There is no ‘No’ for anything demanded by PE.
D-     Our performer executives need course correction in order to replace followers. They keep busy in giving results. So, do not have time to manage social and political affairs of PE. Here, they need to make a balance in order to win the goodwill of PE.
Analysis :   Follower type executive damages the public image of PE. Poor governance doesn’t solve problems of public. Thus, promises made are not met. This is a breach of public trust. Trust breaking results in defeat in coming election, which is not the aim of PE. They wish to repeat at any cost. And accordingly, they try their best to win.

                  If PE picks performer, chances of repeat is improved. Here, our PE should mold our performer to align them according to their need without compromise their performing acumen. This will lead to a win-win situation. This is need of hour to restore the public trust to develop nation by achieving good governance.  


Monday, May 7, 2018

Culture Promotion In Uttar Pradesh

A. What I was supposed to do as Special Secretary and Director Culture:
(1)     To co-ordinate/organize/showcase various cultural activities of 03 directorates & 10 autonomous institutions throughout the state -- with the Tag Line – “Sanskriti ke Rang : Nayee Peedhi ke Sang”.
(2)     To provide prestigious stage to folk/tribal artistes of the state on the occasion of different National fest/fairs.
(3)     To represent the deptt. at various forums/meetings for evaluation of departmental activities.
(4)     To review the relevance of the constitutions of various departmental institutions & consider their modification.  
(5)     To regulate the implementation of various schemes/policies of the deptt. in citizen centric perspective.
(6)     To formulate the policy for the implementation of new schemes and for rejuvenating the progress of existing schemes/projects.
(7)     To deliver the remuneration and value to the artistes and laity in the form of fee, pension, grant in aid and in the form of infrastructural facilities like auditoria and exhibition galleries.
(8)     To assimilate the folk/tribal/terminal artistes in the mainstream culture of the state.
(9)     To distribute honours/awards to great personalities/in the name of esteemed figures.
(10)   To undertake survey, excavation and conservation of antiquities/monuments, the showcasing of art objects and construction of statues of renowned figures.
(11)   To supervise the preparation of annual budget, budgetary allocations sanctioned, expenditure audit and utilization of the same in the specified time frame.
(12)   To provide immediate solution for complaints/grievances refferd by CM Office to the dept., Integrated Grievance Redressal System (IGRS) is activated on its tiptoes.
(13)   To forward the requisitions to various service commissions for selection/direct recruitment.
(14)   To constitute the D.P.C. for promotion of departmental employees/officers.
B. What I did against -A :
Task to be performed
Deliverables
Actual Achievement
Initial
Mid year
(1) Co-ordinate/ Organize/Showcase various cultural activities
Having organized cultural activities/ programmes for creating the infrastructure of self-employment & self sufficiency to artistes and providing prestigious stage to folk/tribal artistes of the state. Also, having represented department at various forums/meetings.
Same as in previous column.
·  Cultural programmes were staged at Maghar and Lucknow to commemorate birth anniversary of Kabir, at Kushinagar, Varanasi and Siddharthanagar to commemorate anniversary of  Mahatma Budha and at Balia and Meerut to celebrate the first freedom struggle movement of 1857.
·  10 day training workshops on folk music & dance and semi-classical music were organized/managed at Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Faizabad, Chhatta (Mathura), Varanasi and Lucknow in the month of June, 2017 with view to glorifying the art forms of folk artistes coming from various regions of the villages of Uttar Pradesh.
·  Observing the significance of rains in the life of farmers, Cultural programmes were put up at Vrindavan (Mathura), Gorakhpur & Ayodhya in the month of July, 17 on the titles of Barkha Bahar, Megh Malhar & Sawan  Jhoola to commemorate the birth centenary year (2016-17) of Ptd. Deen Dayal Upadhayay.
·  Painting camp was organized in the month of July, 17 at Central Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow to commemorate the birth centenary year (2016-17) of Ptd. Deen Dayal Upadhayay.
·  Instructive dramas viz. Chandra Gupta and Shankaracharya plays were staged respectively in the month of July, 17 & Sept., 17 at Mughalsarai (Chandauli) & Varanasi in commemoration of the birth centenary year (2016-17) of Ptd. Deen Dayal Upadhayaya.
·  Performance of Alha Dangal (a special style of Alha singing) was organized at Takia (Unnao) in the month of Sept., 17.
·  The procession march on the road with dance & playing of the instruments by artistes of various states was organized & their performances were staged on the occasion of the closing ceremony of Ptd. Deen Dayal Upadhayaya birth centenary year (2016-17) at Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Dham of Farha (Mathura) in the month of Sept.,17.
·  With a view to promote friendly exchanges between South Korea and India in the field of culture, tourism and economy and promote the joint project for remodelling the Memorial Park of Queen Heo Hwang-ok, I not only participated in the Indian delegation to attend the Queen Huh Festival organized at Gimhae, South Korea on 28-29 October, 2017 but also actively co-operated in promoting and strengthening the bilatrel cultural relations between the two Countries which goes back to around 48 A.D.
·  With the objective of commemorating the important Indian rituals and festivities like Lord Ram Vivah, performances of various forms and styles of Ramleela prevalent throughout Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern India and some of the Ramleelas from abroad were organized at Ramayan Mela, Ayodhya from 22 to 25 November, 2017.
·  "Deepotsav", the biggest Diwali of Ayodhya was organized by the Department of Culture, UP on 18th October, 2017 in the leadership of Hon'ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Sri Yogi Aditya Nath who hosted the festival by lighting 1.75 lakh diyas/earthen lamps. With the objective of welcoming Lord Ram's return from 14 years' exile, his victory over Ravan the demon and recreating the scene of Ram-Rajyabhishek, procession was taken out on the roads of Ayodhya with actors and actresses playing the characters of Ram, Sita, Hanuman and other characters of Ram Darbar. In this precession actors and actresses from the various styles of Ramleela prevalent in India and abroad also participated.
·  With Uttar Pradesh being selected as the partner state by the Govt. of Haryana in the International Geeta Mahotasav, Kurukshetra organized from 25 to 27 November, 2017, Department of Culture, Govt. of UP arranged the performances of folk music and folk dances (Bundelkhand, Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Braj) and exhibitions of paintings, archival records and photographs of the artifacts showcasing the cultural heritage of UP. The cultural night by the culture department, UP was not only acclaimed throughout every nook and corner of the country but its spiritual message also reverberated in the hearts and minds of all the human beings.
·  With Uttar Pradesh being selected as the theme state by the Govt. of Haryana in the International Craft Mela, Faridabad organized from 02 to 17 Febuary, 2018, Department of Culture, Govt. of UP arranged the performances of folk music and folk dances of various regions of UP (Bundelkhand, Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Braj) to showcase the cultural heritage of UP. The cultural unity in diversity as showcased by the efforts of the cultural department of UP won the acclaims of the people.
·  With the objective of commemorating the formation of the State of UP from the United Province of Oudh of British India, the Govt. of UP organized UP Diwas and Republic Day function from 24 to 26 January, 2018 in which the Deprtment of Culture not only arranged the performances of the folk music and folk dance and displayed the exhibitions of  paintings and archival records but also arranged the performances of folk music and dance of other MoU States like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Maharashtra.
·  With the objective of promoting the target "One District One Product", "Ek Bharat-Sherastha Bharat", "Naya Bharat-2022" Investors Summit was organized by the Govt. of UP on 21-22 Febuary, 2018 in which high level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India and in the persence of Hon'ble Chief Minister of UP who addressed the investors participating throughout the state of UP and all over the Country. In this summit various cultural programmes of folk music and folk dances of UP and MoU states viz Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Maharashtra was presented.
·  Gorakhpur Mahotsav was organized from 11 to 13 January, 2018 at Gorakhpur the temple city of Gorakhnath
(2) Regulate the implementation of various schemes/ policies/ programmes of the department.
Having implemented schemes/policies of the department from the citizen centric perspective.
Same as in previous column.
·  Archaeological Survey was conducted at village level in the district of Jalaun, Banda & Jaunpur.
·  Exhibition of historical records and photographs was organized at Jhansi, Rampur & Gorakhpur on the occasion of Dr. Bheem Rao Ambedakar birth anniversary.
·  Training on "National Archival Policy" was imparted to the employees of the offices of District Magistrates.
·  'World Heritage Week' was organized at Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Mathura, Kannoj & Varanasi.
·  Theatre workshops and drama festivals organized at Lucknow & Delhi wherein commendable performances were given by the students of Bharatandu Natya Academy.
·  Digitization of the books related to Gumnami Baba was under taken by Ramkatha Museum, Ayodhya, Faizabad.
·  As Secretary, U.P.Sangeet Natak Akademy, various programmes viz  Avadh Sandhya, Rasmanch, Yaaden, Dharohar, Naman, Workshops were organized by U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy in which number of visitors not only applauded the shows but encouraged the efforts of academy. Significant to mention here that the publication of quarterly magazine Chhayanat was also brought out.
3.  New Initiatives, Exceptional contributions, challenging tasks :
Department of Culture is constituted of three Directorates viz Museum, Archaeology & Culture Directorate and various autonomous bodies like Sangeet Natak Academy, Lalit Kala Academy, Bharatandu Natya Academy, Rastriya Kathak Sansthan, Bhatkhande Sangeet Deemed University, Jain Vidya Shodh Sansthan etc. Following administrative tasks were undertaken by me as the Special Secretary and Director to the Department of Culture:
  1- Various posts of Assistant Directors in above Directorates were lying vacant from the last 10 to 12 years. As the Special Secretary and Director to the Deptt. of Culture, I got the requisitions of the said posts sent to the UP Public Service Commission. Moreover, for the selections made by UP Subordinate Service Selection Commission, appointment orders were issued for their respective posts.
   2-  Various departmental activities like cultural programmes, exhibitions, seminars and maintenance of   museum and archival galleries were well managed by my efforts as a Director Dept. of Culture.
3- As Secretary SNA, tried to beautify whole campus through wall paintings, enhanced greenary with improved gardens etc. and paid more attention to regular cleanliness to make the campus more attractive for the visitors and artisits. As a result, public image of SNA was drastically improved.
4- A new style of administration i.e. “Administration By Participation” was initiated. In this, took meetings of officials, associated artists and experts to take their valuable opinions/views for respective organizations. This enriched and improved the quality of decisions.
5- By continuous efforts, activities, valuable guidance and support from the then Secretary Smt. Aneeta C. Meshram, whole department was energized and was in active mode during the said period.
  6- A new approach was started in SNA wherein students were sent to perform in other states  (Kurukshetra, Arunachal Pradesh) in order to build their confidence and make them perfect in their  learnings. This improved the image of SNA in general public as well as in the minds of parents of  concerned students.  
4.  Limitations:
     This is to clearly specify that the Deptt. of Culture and all its directorates and autonomous bodies were unable to function in a smooth way because of shortage of manpower. The technical know-how and technical expertise of computer learning and programming is lacking to the extent that most of the employees are working in the deptt. in the old traditional style of functioning. They are not adapted to using latest techniques of computer applications. Moreover, many of the dream objectives of the deptt. remain unfulfilled because of the shortage of the resources in the budgetary allocation.
5.    Learning:
(1)   Financial Management & Fiscal Planning.
(2)   Project Planning and Management using IT/ICT tools.
(3)   e-Governance and m-governance with special focus on governance using cloud technology and IOT.