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Bureaucracy biggest obstacle to the nation's development: Pranab Mukherjee

By: Express News Service |

Updated: November 18, 2018 4:24:28

Pranab Mukherjee at IIM-A on Saturday. (Express photo of Javed Raja)

Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that bureaucracy is the biggest obstacle to development and must be addressed.

By presenting the final part of his lecture series as a guest faculty for the "Public Policy for Inclusive Development of India" course in IIM-Ahmedabad, the former president said: "Bureaucracy is the biggest obstacle to our development, and we have to correct it. I do not mean that bureaucracy has not contributed, but at the same time it has to be remembered that the world changes very quickly and we must keep abreast of this change. Adapt, adapt, make it flexible so that we can formulate and formulate our policies. systems in the world can work without appropriate institutional mechanism. "

He referred to the civil service as the one who finds ways to put obstacles, how to find excuses and not move.

Another problematic aspect of our governance is "isolationism" and the bureaucratic system has adopted a system of thinking in silos, he added.

"Bureaucracy, political bureaucracy also has the capacity to create its hierarchy … In India, the President is the collective body – the government in charge of Parliament, which is once again a collective organization, Parliament is responsible for people, therefore, there must be massive decentralization," he said.

Speaking of Parliament's role, he said that it is debating, discussing and finally deciding. "But what we see in parliament, instead of debating, resolving and even deviatingly, we have developed another D disturbance that was never thought of in Parliament's function," he said, calling it a "violation of voters' confidence."

While speaking of the demographic dividend as the country's strength, Mukherjee emphasizes a precautionary word. "Demographic dividends can be a demographic disaster if not utilized. This huge amount of workforce with adequate education and skills development. In other words, 500 million skilled workers must be produced before 2022. This goal has decreased, previously it was over 500 million this is the reduced The goal. Only three years remain and we need to speed it up, he says.

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