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Indian Journal of Public Administration
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ISSN (Print) 0019-5561 - ISSN (Online) 2457-0222
Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [1151 journals]
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Surendra Nath Tripathi, C. Sheela Reddy
      Pages: 451 - 454
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 451-454, December 2020.

      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-02-05T07:06:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556121989501
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Capturing the Narratives of Sustainable Farming: Study of Marginal Women
           Farmers in Five Districts of Odisha
    • Authors: Pushpa Singh
      Pages: 455 - 465
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 455-465, December 2020.
      This article presents an analysis of field research on sustainable farming practices in five districts of Odisha, that have emerged as a response to the adversities created by modern industrial agriculture and agribusiness market. The capital and chemical-intensive farming have left a legacy of irreparable environmental damage; and the monocultures have led to the gradual disappearance of a variety of indigenous crops, causing erosion of the seed sovereignty. The first section of the article engages with the critique of increasing monopolisation of the food and farming systems, secured in a systematic and structured way by the forces of global agribusiness conglomerates. The second section captures the initiatives in which marginal women farmers are trying to revive seed saving and natural farming that had been lost due to the green revolution. These field investigations illuminate the exemplary ways in which such initiatives are empowering women farmers and enabling them to reclaim food security and seed sovereignty in the current milieu of agrarian distress. Such grassroots engagements show the possibility of emancipatory politics outside the formal institutional framework that are structuring the alternative discourse rooted in local agroecology.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-01-19T06:43:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120982199
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Governance Gaps in the Sixth Schedule Mechanisms in Meghalaya
    • Authors: Kavita N. Soreide
      Pages: 466 - 480
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 466-480, December 2020.
      The legal-political discourse at the time of drafting of independent India’s Constitution resulted in a unique constitutional arrangement guaranteeing a model of self-government through setting up Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) for some of India’s designated tribal communities. This constitutional modality governing the tribal majority regions in India’s North-east is known as the Sixth Schedule. Given the pre-existing tribal institutions, it was implied that ADCs were to act as ‘bridges of governance’ between the state and traditional polity. This article tries to look at the nature of governance and gaps in governance through the lens of ADCs.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-01-19T06:43:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120982195
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • The Trajectory of Indian State: A Theoretical Understanding
    • Authors: Phulmoni Das
      Pages: 481 - 491
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 481-491, December 2020.
      The concept of state occupies a central place in the academic discourse. The idea of the state has been an important determinant factor in terms of analysing the politics of the country. It is in this context this article seeks to understand the trajectory of the Indian state. The nature of the contemporary Indian state has undergone a dramatic change in the last few decades. The manifestation of its changes is reflected in terms of the state’s relation with that of the society, polity and its economy. The contested concept of nation-building and the post-colonial state needs to be analysed in the context of the different upsurges and the movements of diverse groups of people. The Indian state has witnessed discomforts and confrontations in terms of the growing movements and assertions of subalterns groups of the society. The changing dimensions of the role of the state are to be examined within this discourse.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-01-19T06:43:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120983066
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Indian Railways Restructuring: Private Sector Involvement, A Beginning
    • Authors: Nand L. Dhameja, Manish Dhameja
      Pages: 492 - 512
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 492-512, December 2020.
      Indian Railways (IRs), the world’s fourth-largest network by size, has a route length covering approximately 68,155 km. It operates over 22,669 trains a day, sixty per cent of which are the ones transporting about 844 crore passengers and 123 crore tonnes of freight; two-third of its total revenue is from freight and only 27.3 per cent are passenger receipts. It is the eighth employer in the world employing about 1.227 people. It suffers from chronic under-investment, low-capacity augmentation, congestion, and over-utilisation, safety problems and poor-quality service, leading to poor morale, reduced efficiency, sub-optimal freight and passenger traffic, fewer financial resources; and deteriorating operating ratio.The government on the recommendations of a high-level committee suggested ways to mobilise resources and restructure the Railway Board; invited private sector companies to operate 151 trains over 100 routes by April 2023 bringing in an investment of ₹30,000 crore. The committee laid down a time frame of five years for implementation of its recommendations.The present study spread over five sections discusses observations and recommendations of the committee and suggests the outsourcing of some of its non-core functions like repair and maintenance workshops, manicuring units, washing of trains, security, and employees’ facilities like medical and education.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-01-14T06:09:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120980880
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Usability of Urban Local Body Websites and Service Quality of E-services
    • Authors: Gayatri Doctor, Mercy Samuel, Perez Christian, Manvita Baradi
      Pages: 513 - 533
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 513-533, December 2020.
      Developments in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field have brought a significant change in the way citizens can interact with their governments. Traditional governance has been digitalised to what we now know as ‘e-governance’. E-government investments in India had seen a ‘ten-fold increase’ in 2015 with the launch of the Digital India Mission as compared to previous years. Despite this, in 2018, an e-government survey by the United Nations, India’s E-government Development Index (EGDI) was 0.5669, just above the world average of 0.55. As digital literacy is becoming increasingly common in India, along with falling data prices, increasing smartphone and mobile usage, the spotlight of e-government should focus on the usability and quality of its services and platforms.This article measures the usability of the Municipal or Urban Local Body (ULB) websites and the service quality of its e-services. Separate evaluation frameworks are used to measure the usability of the municipal e-government websites of four Indian cities as well as the service quality of the four most commonly used citizen services, viz. complaint registration, payment of property tax, payment of professional taxes and birth/death registration. For this, a thorough study of existent literature on the subject, comprehensive study of the selected websites and discussions with domain experts have been conducted by the authors. The article also discusses some qualitative issues on the usability of these websites and services that were observed during the evaluation process.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-01-19T06:43:10Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120980874
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Nehru Report, Muslim Demands and the Hindu Mahasabha: Elusive Consensus on
           Future Constitution
    • Authors: Bhuwan Kumar Jha
      Pages: 534 - 551
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 534-551, December 2020.
      The Nehru Report of August 1928 presented the blueprint of a Swaraj Constitution. Encapsulating the demands of the Indians to the colonial government as opposed to the latter’s insistence on seeking opinion through an all-whites commission, the report also presents the historical roots of our present Constitution. Amid opposing claims, consensus over the communal issues in the report, which appeared possible until late 1928, became elusive from the end of December 1928. It was mainly due to the closing of the ranks of significant Muslim leadership behind Jinnah, and an ever-increasing vigilant attitude of the Hindu Mahasabha in not allowing any change beyond what had already been agreed upon. The failure of the report meant an end to the hope of finding a consensual solution to a future Indian Constitution made by the Indians and for the Indians. This, in turn, provided the colonial government with an excuse to impose its scheme through the Communal Award, White Paper and subsequently the Government of India Act of 1935. So, the most elaborate constitutional framework prepared by the leading nationalist leaders during the pre-Independence era finally crumbled under the weight of communal deadlock. This article studies the processes through which the differences over communal representation became so overpowering that they rocked the entire boat. The widening of communal fault lines precipitated by contesting claims over the recommendations of the Nehru Report left serious repercussions over the trajectory of future Indian politics.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-01-14T06:09:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120980879
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Customary Law and Challenges to Governance in the Context of Land
           Inheritance Among the Women of Munda Tribe in Jharkhand
    • Authors: Shalini Saboo
      Pages: 552 - 562
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 552-562, December 2020.
      The changing socio-economic scenario has brought its negative repercussions on the tribal women. They are not only being denied land rights but are also being made the victims of violence by the males. They are mostly widows, single and separated women. This research article focuses on the Munda tribe in Jharkhand and attempts to study the customary practices of the land inheritance among the Munda women. It also delineates the legal and social impediments faced by Munda women when it comes to the issue of land inheritance.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-01-20T11:34:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120982196
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Lateral Recruitment in Civil Services: Standing the Test of Merit
    • Authors: Shraddha Rishi
      Pages: 563 - 577
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 563-577, December 2020.
      Keeping bureaucracy, the permanent executive, insulated from the influence of the political executive has always been the focus of administrative reforms. A transparent and fair system of recruitment based on meritocracy is a key to shield administrators from political influence. This article analyses the essential conditions required for the successful implementation of lateral recruitment in India. It contends that merit, involving transparent and fair processes in recruitment, is the bedrock of any efficient bureaucratic system. The article does not probe deeper into the question as to whether the lateral entry should be introduced or not, but assuming the lateral entry is a desirable practice for modern civil administration, it discusses the conditions that lead to its success or failure. It draws lessons for India from an exercise that already took place in its neighbouring country, Pakistan.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-02-05T07:07:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120983966
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • A Case for Improving Postal Security in the Department of Posts, India
    • Authors: Charles Lobo
      Pages: 578 - 584
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 578-584, December 2020.
      The term ‘postal security’ as used here broadly refers to the measures taken by the Post Organization (Department or Company) for the safe transmission of letters and parcels of the customers from the origin to its destination. It refers to measures to protect letters and parcels from untrustworthy employees and other criminal elements. The safety and security of postal property can also be added under this definition. This article attempts to examine the postal security aspects from a narrow scope limited to the postal articles in transmission by post. It does not cover safety measures to protect postal property or banking frauds. The focus is on the customer and the protection of his consignments entrusted to the post office for transmission.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-01-20T11:34:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120983073
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Book review: Rao V.B.J. Chelikani, Civics of Human Relations
    • Authors: Ashok Vishandass
      Pages: 609 - 610
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 609-610, December 2020.
      Rao V.B.J. Chelikani, Civics of Human Relations. Chennai: Notion Press, 2019, pp. 506, ₹515.00 (Paperback). ISBN- 978-1-64546-579-9.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-02-05T07:07:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120976582
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Book review: Goke Adegoroye, Restoring Good Governance in Nigeria (Vol.
           2): Leadership & Political Will
    • Authors: John Olushola Magbadelo
      Pages: 611 - 613
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 611-613, December 2020.
      Goke Adegoroye, Restoring Good Governance in Nigeria (Vol. 2): Leadership & Political Will. Lagos: Prestige Imprint, Kachifo Limited, 2015, pp. 186, ₹941.64.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-02-05T07:07:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120976589
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Book review: Shashi Bhushan Kumar and Umesh Kumar, Naxalism and Caste
           Militancy in Bihar
    • Authors: Ram Naresh Sharma
      Pages: 613 - 615
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 613-615, December 2020.
      Shashi Bhushan Kumar and Umesh Kumar, Naxalism and Caste Militancy in Bihar. Delhi: Saad Publications, 2017, pp. 224., ₹895.00.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-02-05T07:07:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120976588
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Book review: Manan Dwivedi, Trump’s America: Diplomacy and Economic
           Policies
    • Authors: Vivek Kumar Mishra
      Pages: 616 - 617
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 616-617, December 2020.
      Manan Dwivedi, Trump’s America: Diplomacy and Economic Policies. New Delhi: Ane Books Pvt Ltd., 2020, pp. 222, ₹843.00 (Hardcover). ISBN-13: 978-9389212617.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-02-05T07:07:36Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120976586
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2021)
       
  • Urban–Rural Dichotomy in Planning: Review of Legal Framework in Four
           States of India
    • Authors: Anurima Mukherjee Basu, Rutool Sharma
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Ahead of Print.
      Current urbanisation trends in India show a quantum jump in number of ‘census towns’, which are not statutorily declared as urban areas, but have acquired all characteristics of urban settlements. Sizeable number of such census towns are not located near any Class 1 city. Lack of proper and timely planning has led to unplanned growth of these settlements. This article is based on a review of planning legislations, institutional framework and planning process of four states in India. The present article analyses the scope and limitations of the planning process adopted in the rapidly urbanising rural areas of these states. The findings reveal that states are still following a conventional approach to planning that treats ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ as separate categories and highlights the need for adopting an integrated territorial approach to planning of settlements.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-04-20T07:08:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00195561211001610
       
  • Current Challenges in Diffusion of Solar Power in India
    • Authors: Smarak Swain
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-04-20T06:49:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00195561211008312
       
  • The Rise of the Panchayati Raj Institutions as the Third Tier in Indian
           Federalism: Where the Shoe Pinches
    • Authors: Prabhat Kumar Datta, Inderjeet Singh Sodhi
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Ahead of Print.
      The idea of forming a two-tier federal structure in India gathered considerable momentum after the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League came together through a Pact in 1916. But the concept of the third tier which was mooted in the Constituent Assembly through the incorporation of panchayats in the Directive Principles of State Policy after detailed deliberation began receiving attention after the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution in 1992 which coincided with the paradigmatic shift in the policy of the Indian State. This Act signified in clear terms the intention of the State to strengthen the process of third tier federalism in India. This article seeks to critically examine the process of evolution of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) as a new tier in the Indian federal system, excluding the Fifth and Sixth Scheduled Areas. An attempt has also been made to analyse despite constitutionalisation of PRIs where the shoe still pinches and wherein lies the ray of hope.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-04-09T01:16:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00195561211005569
       
  • Revisiting Fred W. Riggs’ Models in the Context of
           ‘Prismatic’ Societies Today
    • Authors: Rumki Basu
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Ahead of Print.
      F. W. Riggs initiated seminal areas of enquiry and research right from the beginning of his journey as an author and a theorist in public administration. His lifetime publications testify to a search for an ‘authentic’ model for analysing the administrative structures and behaviour of developing countries since the 1960s. Riggs pursued what is known as the ‘ecological’ study of public administration which presumes that public administration, functioning in different environments, influences and is influenced by the environment in which it functions. Scholars of comparative public administration have long been familiar with the ‘fused– prismatic–diffracted model’, which was later reformulated by Riggs to exert enormous influence on the understanding of public administration and organisational behaviour in different parts of the world. In the wake of the tremendous transformation with diverse developmental strategies in the Third World and South Asia in particular, in the last fifty years, it becomes important to re-examine Riggs’ models both in the Indian and other developing country contexts today.
      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2021-04-01T02:59:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00195561211005632
       
  • Review Mechanisms of the Public Procurement Process
    • Authors: Aman Sharma
      Pages: 585 - 591
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 585-591, December 2020.

      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2020-12-16T05:25:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120976599
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2020)
       
  • Do the Advantages of the Weberian Bureaucracy Outweigh Its
           Disadvantages'
    • Authors: Mansoor Hasan Khan
      Pages: 592 - 595
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 592-595, December 2020.

      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2020-12-15T05:35:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120976600
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2020)
       
  • Dr B.R. Ambedkar‚Äôs Philosophy of Constitutionalism as an Instrument of
           Justice: Social, Economic and Political
    • Authors: Balmiki Prasad Singh
      Pages: 596 - 608
      Abstract: Indian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Issue 4, Page 596-608, December 2020.

      Citation: Indian Journal of Public Administration
      PubDate: 2020-12-26T05:37:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0019556120976592
      Issue No: Vol. 66, No. 4 (2020)
       
 
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