Chapter 36: INDIAN
Introduction to Regional Administration
The need to coordinate between directorates and field
operations led to creation of regional administration. It
allows for better supervision at field levels. It sets
norms, standards for comparatively young district officers
to follow. It also guides the Panchayati Raj institutions.
However it has only a supervisory role and so can add to
redundancy and delay.
It has following advantages: State HQ can't supervise
effectively. Burden at top level. So regional administration
encourages delegation, coordination, catalyze regional
planning and improve accessibility.
Policy is a strategy to achieve a goal. It is the
relationship of a government unit to its environment.
- Goal oriented as it spells out government programs.
- Outcome of government action.
- Government decisions and concerns and action to a
It is a complex process that consists of various
components which communicate with each other via
feedback loops to make a policy.
- It is a dynamic process.
- Directed at future.
- Use of best possible means and involvement of various
- Aims at achieving public interest.
- Front end analysis: Certain factors
that decide a policy like magnitude of problem, people
affected, cost benefit are analysed.
- Evaluability assessment: Rationality,
utility are checked to see if they match policy
- Process evaluation: Analysis of
process of implemented policies.
- Effectiveness evaluation: Checks how
well or badly a policy is implemented and its outcomes or
relationship with policy.
- Evaluation synthesis: Checks policy
formulation, implementation and accountability.
- Group Theoretic model: Public policy is
a result of group struggle and when equilibrium is reached
among various groups engaged in policy process, policy is
formulated. Policy reflects interests of dominant groups.
- Elite theoretic model: Policy is the
product of elites, reflecting their values and serving
their ends. Those who govern are drawn from elite.
- Incremental:Past decisions are accepted
as basis of future decisions.
Executive power to supplement the law made by legislature.
- During emergencies, special measures speedy action might
- Due to lack of time parliament might not provide quality
- Technical expertise is not present in law makers and so
given to appropriate administrative agencies.
- Certain contingencies can't be foreseen by parliament
and so "removal of difficulties clause" is present to
empower administration to exercise powers.
- Skeleton: Executive agencies make
rules for carrying out purposes of the act.
- Machinery:Administrative details like
forms, methods, procedures, manner of work is given to the
concerned department to specify.
However delegated or subordinate legislation's can't give
unlimited powers to executive and they are restricted by.
Judicial controls that can invalidate any rules that run
contrary to constitution. Rules under delegated legislation
are publicized and all interest groups are consulted. Also a
parliamentary committee on subordinate legislation checks if
they are within the framework of the law.
Panchayati Raj institutions
Panchayati Raj institutions aren't taken as units of
planning or implementation of rural development programs.
The concept of PRI is narrow and isn't viewed as an
institutional framework which could play an important role
in overall development of rural masses.
Poor capacity building in PRI's so can't be involved in
policy formulation, implementation or monitoring.
No source of revenue as they depend on funds from the
states. Most PRI's are dominated by higher castes and so
interest of poor don't matter.
Administration at local level frustrates the PRI's. The
bureaucracy isn't loyal to them. Lack of political support
from state as it fears losing its powers. Article 40 and
Schedule 11 are both having no clear directives on mandatory
devolution of powers.
State finance commission though has a broader role than the
central finance commission as it decides devolution of plan
and non plan grants. But the government may choose to ignore
it directions. There is no specified qualifications for
District planning committee is an important planning body
but state haven't decided the manner of representation or
specific list of functions assigned to the body.
Parliament sessions are usually held thrice a year: once in February for the Budget Session, once around July or August for the Monsoon Session, and once in November for the Winter Session.
Because in a parliamentary democracy the executive is accountable to Parliament, allowing the government to call the Parliament to meet could be in conflict with this principle.
Parliament (i.e. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) can hold the government accountable for its decisions, and scrutinise its functioning. This may be done using various methods including, during debates on Bills or issues on the floor of Parliament, by posing questions to ministers during Question Hour, and in parliamentary committees.
Given the legislature’s role in keeping the executive accountable for its actions, one argument is that the government should not have the power to convene Parliament. Instead, Parliament should convene itself, if a certain number of MPs agree, so that it can effectively exercise its oversight functions and address issues without delay.
Currently there is no mechanism currently for answering questions which require inter-ministerial expertise or relate to broader government policy.
Since the Prime Minister does not answer questions other than the ones pertaining to his ministries, such questions may either not get adequately addressed or remain unanswered.
In countries such as the UK, the Prime Minister’s Question Time is conducted on a weekly basis. During the 30 minutes the Prime Minister answers questions posed by various MPs. These questions relate to broader government policies, engagements, and issues affecting the country