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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Is replication of Modi's way of governance the need of hour for UP? 03 June, 2014
I completely agree that no two leaders can be same. Accomplishment of goals can be guaranteed by many ways, of which the most feasible one be employed by the administrator. Hence, the title of this article no way advocates that the CM of U.P. must follow the footsteps of Mr. Modi in entirety. However, referring to some established ways for realizing positive outcomes is not forbidden.

Almost every state of India possesses, more or less, the same pluses and similar minuses- social, political, environmental, legislative, and economic. Sad to notice, a few states have been able to surpass others and the rest are still struggling with same old lines of underdevelopment, dynasty politics, and caste/communal differences.

Exceeding many nations in terms of surface area and population density, U.P. could have delivered far better outcomes in case the managerial squad would have been able to curb the weaknesses and threats, and utilize the strengths and opportunities. Post six decades of independence, when many of the other states are talking about accountability, all-inclusive prosperity, unbiased policy framework, and good governance, the state of U.P. seems to walk on the same old lines of appeasement and misuse of power.

And those, blaming just the CM of the state for the everyday mishaps, must know that the crew of ministers is liable too. On the contrary, power flows from upwards and corrective actions should commence from the top.

Accountability- The word embraces not only the tasks that are bestowed upon the elected representatives, but also the evaluation of outcomes and liability for any deviations from what was projected. The ministers seem to have forgotten this crucial concept. And therefore, tasks are pending, outcomes are much below expectations, and alertness is nowhere.

The prime task of the CM shall be to fix the accountability of every minister and assess the deliveries post a certain time period- Similar to what Mr. Modi’s cabinet anticipates in its 100-days reassessment programme. Management is half-finished without the control measures. Reported deviations must be studied and reliable control measures be implemented sooner than later.

All-inclusive prosperity and unbiased policy framework- The expression connotes that advantages flowing in a secular democracy must reach every constituent regardless of the caste/ community. The Samajwadi Party started off with the ideology of Shri Ram Manohar Lohia and Shri J.P. Narayan; however socialism and secularism seem to have lost somewhere. Reason?

The incompetence of the government and lack of visionary abilities of the leaders forced the party to depend upon caste/ communal votes, which in fact would not have been the case if the leaders were capable enough to bring in development and dignity. Herein, top to bottom restructuring, along with quick move from the traditional laid back attitude is needed.

Misuse of power- To realize this expression, a stay in U.P. is all that someone needs. Every leader, and even the party workers, supporters and appreciators have considered that the state is being ruled in a dictatorship mode of governance by the Samajwadi Party. Law and order, and fear of doing wrong is unconditionally missing. The U.P government will have to realize the bottlenecks and take corrective actions without delay.

Excessive delegation of authority shall be curbed, accountabilities be fixed, and paybacks must flow to all beyond caste/ community favors. Rather than counting the logjams, the CM of the state will have to come up with constructive policies that can help U.P. to stand at par with other developed states of India.

Editorial NOTE: This article is categorized under Opinion Section. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of In case you have a opposing view, please click here to share the same in the comments section.
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. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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