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Political Play
CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Boosting the functioning of Union ministries 17 August, 2014
The most vital wing that can bring in the much-awaited expansion of the Indian economy is the squad of ministers who take care of diverse sectors. You must agree that the country progresses in the direction as presented by the ministries.

Sooner or later, the decisions of ministries impact the overall social, economic, and environmental setup. Be it the Company Law, administered by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, or the Code of Civil Procedure, managed by the Ministry of Law and Justice, every single bit that has a bearing on our day to day happenings is within the ultimate control of one or the other ministry. With productive decision making and quick clash resolution at the ministry level, our country can assuredly anticipate good days.

With a view to allocating distinct responsibilities to specialized set of people, ministries have been a part of the Indian administrative set up since the very beginning of the democratic arrangement. 

However, when reports reveal that one third of world?s underprivileged live in India; approximately 1.3 million children in India die every year owing to malnutrition; or that the unemployment rate is escalating ever since 2011 with an estimated 13.9 million unemployed in 2011-12, the working mechanism of ministries appears unskilled and vague.

The custodians of our crucial setups have either been unable to comprehend the trends and demands, or were helpless to bring in any revolutions owing to undue pressure from high-ranking administrators.

Ever-since, we have seen delegation of authority with respect to ministries backed by either the political standing of the leader or the support rendered by the coalition party. The Ministry of Railways has most often been a spectator to the politics of ambiguous alliances. And when any variation in unchanging pattern is demanded, we witness the power flowing to untested hands, for instance, Mr. Sachin Pilot being the Minister of Corporate Affairs at the time when the most crucial piece of law, The Companies Act 2013 was presented. 

Remaining ruin comes in when the superior rank holders delegate authority just for the sake of delegating; however retain all the decision making powers with themselves- what we observed in UPA-1 and UPA-2.

The picture has, however, changed altogether with the coming in of the new government at the Centre. Nil disturbances and coercion from alliances, absence of provision of delegation of work basis the political stature, and experienced brains have kindled the fire of robustness in the working of the new NDA government. 

Plus, the key administrator, Mr. Narendra Modi, is very well aware of the means so as to extract maximum out of every ministry, without intervening too much and without allowing exclusive control. Building a sturdy structure today means arranging for a prosperous tomorrow. However, the positive beginning has to be accompanied with consistent and wise verdicts all through the way so as to deliver the promised outcomes.

What about hosting a rewards and recognition program with a view to cheering constructive works of the ministers. When we know that the development of the country massively depends on the functioning of ministries, valuable endeavours deserve applaud.  Plus, access to ministries, for instance, the Ministry of Human Resource Development by NGOs and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs by even small scale entrepreneurs, should be made hassle-free. 

Recruitment of personnel by ministries should be on the basis of merit rather than by personal associations. Lastly, a department that shall assess the working of distinct ministries as per set parameters to report any deviations and take swift corrective actions would serve a profitable purpose.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.
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