"Autonomy does not mean just providing funds; it must give the bodies the capacity to take action when required," Mr. Amarjeet Sinha, Principal Secretary to the state's Education Department, noted at a seminar organised here by the Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP).
Delivering the keynote address on his latest book, titled An India for Everyone: A Path to Inclusive Development, he stressed the need for management professionals to join public systems.
"They can provide the management tools and techniques for the improvement of the system," the official observed at the symposium that was also addressed by CIMP Director Dr. V. Mukunda Das.
Mr Sinha, who is an education expert who has played a major role in creating the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the National Rural Health Mission, regretted that Bihar was facing issues such as guaranteeing education to the poor, adding that the public expenditure on healthcare too has been low.
The state - rather than providing subsidies and grants - must develop a system that trains its people for skill development so as to enable them to earn a livelihood, he pointed out.
Dr. Das, in his speech, said it required "another freedom struggle" for the country's public system to change for the good.
The hangover of the colonial rule, he bemoaned, continued to shackle India's bureaucracy even six-and-a-half decades after Independence.
The symposium at the 2008-established CIMP campus was attended by its faculty, staff and students, besides academicians from institutions like A N Sinha Institute Patna, Central University of Bihar, Aryabhatta Knowledge University Patna and Asian Development Research Institute.
Mr. Sinha's book examines key issues of under-nutrition, healthcare, education and social security. It emphasises on reforming the public recruitment system, decentralizing authority and increasing accountability among government servants so as to help bring about better public systems in the country.
Going beyond politics and economic reforms, An India for Everyone: A Path to Inclusive Development addresses the issues that form the bedrock of an alternative dream.
A prolific writer, Mr. Sinha has altogether published five books and a number of articles in journals like the Lancet and Economic and Political Weekly besides prominent national dailies.
Source: MD Niche