It is good to see that the government of Madhya Pradesh has taken this initiative of setting up a School for Good Governance and Policy Analysis.* Some time back the government of Andhra Pradesh had also set up such a school which is functioning. This initiative by the government of Madhya Pradesh, however, raises three important issues.

First, where set up, what is the performance of such school in actual policy formulation and implementation (as distinct from publications, seminars, etc.)? Secondly, when practically every state has a state institute of public administration (SIPA) (by whatever name called), what is the need for setting up another institute with similar if not identical mandate? Will they not work at cross purposes or duplicate efforts? Would it not have been better to revamp SIPA instead rather than set up another institute? 

Lastly, would it not have been much better, and still not late for it, if the state government had set up a school for e-governance, for which there is a crying need to-day in every state, indeed even in districts too, with a mandate for policy formulation (can you imagine any policy formulation in year 2007, in the first decade of 21st century, without the help of information and communication technology(ICT)?) and training legislators, civil servants and citizens in ICT?. 

Dr D.C.Misra 

September 21, 2007

*MP Govt sets up School for Good Governance 

Bhopal, Sept. 20 (PTI): Madhya Pradesh government has set up a School for Good Governance and Policy Analysis here to review state policies and its effect on a target group. 

“The school will function as an autonomous institution and will be run by the governing body headed by Chief Minister,” an official release said on Wednesday. 

An executive body will be formed for execution of routine works of the school. 

The decision to establish the school was taken by the state Cabinet in June this year, which had fixed Rs five crore as the non-plan limit for 2007-08 for its establishment. 

The state government has appointed H P Dixit as the Director General of the school, the release said. 

The school will function as a `think tank’ in the field of good governance in international and domestic context and will analyse problems regarding governance. It will also prepare an action plan and assist in implementation of the same. 

Its works also include compilation and expansion of outstanding activities and skills and `e-governance’ programmes, apart from suggestions on reforms in the existing administrative arrangements. 

A high-power committee headed by the Chief Secretary will be constituted to finalise the outline and structure, besides sanction of necessary staff for the school. The committee shall be authorised to take final decision in this regard, the release added. 

(Source: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200709200325.htm , accessed : September 21, 2007) 

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