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Central Secretariat building in New Delhi

Indian state great at handling Covid-like crises. But it can’t deal with complexities

India’s ability to deliver during a crisis was never the problem. The problem is that everyone from CM to DM waits for complex diktats from the top.
Migrant workers go home on NH2 highway | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In Covid-19 pandemic, Modi govt focussed more on headline management than crisis management

One week into coronavirus lockdown it is clear that thinking and planning began after PM Modi’s momentous decision. And PR has overridden governance.
CMGGA fellowship| Source: Samagra

CMs of Arunachal, Delhi, Nagaland have fellowships to work with youth. Why Haryana stands out

The CMGGA programme in Haryana recruits 22 young professionals every year and places them in the 22 districts to drive the CM’s priorities.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

This is how Haryana govt gave jobs to 45,000 people in 18 months

The M.L. Khattar govt initiated efforts to streamline job recruitment process, especially for Group D staff. Vacancies pending for 15 years, filled up.
Gulham Mohammad Ganai waits outside the office of the Secretary of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in Kashmir. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

9 months after ‘successful’ panchayat polls, 730 J&K sarpanchs are yet to be notified

Government officials say these 730 sarpanchs will be notified once re-elections are held in their respective villages to appoint panchs.
WhatsApp users in India

How WhatsApp is tackling Indian bureaucracy’s biggest challenge – last mile accountability

In Maharashtra, Odisha and Haryana, WhatsApp is facilitating greater coordination within the local bureaucracy.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | File photo: Nand Kumar/ PTI

Fiery speeches gone, Adityanath gets down to creating a ‘Yogi brand’ of governance in UP

Since the Lok Sabha polls, Yogi Adityanath’s fiery rhetoric has gone missing. Instead, he’s been holding departmental review meetings and pulling up officials.
The 2019 Economic Survey advises the government to step in and take on a major role in the realm of data collection, storage and analytics | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt should harness data, make it a public good for better governance: Eco Survey

Economic Survey dismisses privacy concerns, says government not collecting new data but integrating already existing data.
People rush to fill their vessels from a water tanker following acute water shortage, in Chennai | Photo: PTI

Not water, Chennai has a governance crisis. This ex-IAS officer has the solution

Chennai has lost several water bodies and more than one-fifth of its greenery in the last 20 years.
A girl goes to school | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Better data can improve public education in India – draft National Education Policy says it too

The new draft education policy has called for ‘a major effort’ in data collection, analysis and organisation.

On Camera

Attendees view the Apple Inc. iPhone 11 after an event in Cupertino, California, U.S. | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Apple & Samsung’s assembly partners pledge Rs 11,000 crore investment in India

Foxconn & Wistron are among firms picked to make smartphones under a new government plan that’s aimed at encouraging global companies to shift manufacturing beyond China.

Defence

Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

5th military-level LAC meeting on, India could press for Chinese troops’ return from Finger 4

India will ask for the Chinese troops to fall back behind Finger 8 at Pangong Tso. Since the last meeting, the status quo has remained on the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.