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draft flyer on small govt.

[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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Wanted: a small but effective government

A smaller government (i.e., a government that takes up a few critical
tasks) has also to be efficient.  Efficiency can  be delivered by an
intelligent government.

* Political stability is always a first step. Independent India has
generally been politically stable. But that is only the beginning.

* Members of government and the public should constantly be on the look
out for tasks which can be delegated or reverted back to the people.

* The rules and procedures in government have to be reviewed and
streamlined. We cannot and should not continue blindly with rules from
the past. The focus has to be on results. Each department must have a
mission statement and be task-oriented.

* It is important for government to be able to foster communication and
coordination across its various branches effectively.

* Democratic styles of management with transparency and open feedback
mechanisms helped a lot to promote effective government. No secrets need
be held back from the people unless critical for national security.

* The individuals who work inside government have to be professional,
constantly well trained, and a highly capable. They must be compensated
well enough to retain their long-term commitment. Recruitment should be
as open and lateral as needed in order to achieve the best results. 

In other words, having a small government does not imply having a weak
or ineffective government. Indeed, too much government and too little of
good governance usually go hand in hand.

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