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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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with IAS officers participating in a training programme in New Delhi | pmindia.gov.in

Polls put governance on sleep mode because system doesn’t ‘demand’ that IAS officers work

Both IAS officers and govts can use election period to review past work and plan for the future. Instead they mostly ‘wait and watch’.
North Block and South Block on Raisina Hill | Manisha Mandal/ThePrint

India needs Reforms 2.0 to save both bureaucracy and good IAS officers like H.C. Gupta

Hope that the judiciary wakes up to the travesty of convicting good civil servants like H.C. Gupta.

On Camera

Covid-19: Dr WHO gets prescription wrong

China informed WHO on 31 December, but there is evidence that the coronavirus had spread among humans as far back as mid-October. Yet, WHO showed no urgency.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Coronavirus racism against NE Indians: How can govt prevent Sino-phobia from hurting our own?

While US President Donald Trump is constantly calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’, people from northeast India are being targeted, abused and attacked.

Defence

Indian Army Personnel (Representational image) | ANI Photo

Army may recall retd personnel with medical expertise if fight against Covid-19 intensifies 

The Army has made a composite list of all those who retired in the last two years, especially focussing on those with medical expertise and trained technicians. 

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.