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Administration of Anti-Poverty Programmes

The set of four papers on poverty (July 28) is a welcome guide to understand the complex task of poverty estimation, whatever line one takes. The dense analysis may not be comprehensible to all, save learned scholars.

Privatisation Cure or Curse

Privatisation: Option and Challenges edited by S R Mohnot; CIER, New Delhi; pp VIII + 418, Rs 240.
OF late, privatisation has become a buzz word signifying a panacea for many economic problems, in particular relating to public enterprises. The expert prescriptions flowing in from the north press for taking the road to privatisation since economic redemption is only possible through glorification of the market, even though it may prove woefully inadequate for a society where large masses have to be brought to an acceptable standard of living. The protagonists of privatisation seek to discredit planning and state owner- ship altogether when this is not only unwarranted but harmful especially to the developing countries to whom development through private initiative based on market forces offers no solution to their specific problems. The present volume incorporates the papers representing the deliberations of a conference organised by the Centre for Industrial and Economic Research (CIER) in New Delhi in March 1991 in technical cooperation with the Inter-Regional Network on Privatisation, UNDP. The papers have focused on privatisation in the context of comparative advantage of the public and private enterprise models. The results of the workshop were sought in the Indian context even though references have been made to the international experiences The key concerns of the workshop were the issues involved in the choice of different enterprise models with special reference to socioeconomic goals, organisational situations and operational mechanisms.

Improving State Administration

Issues in Indian Public Administration: The Case of Kerala edited by Padma Ramachandran; Oxford and IBH Publishing Co, 1986; pp 282.
DURING 1984-85, the State Training Institute of Kerala organised a monthly lecture series as part of an effort to fill in the gap regarding material on administration in Kerala. The present volume is a compilation of the text of twelve lectures delivered by senior public officials on topics ranging from administrative reforms in Kerala, problems in planning and financial administration, police administration and personnel management to administrative issues selected sectors, e g, education, agriculture, labour, medical and urban development.

Concurrent Evaluation of IRDP-Selected Aspects for Administrative Follow-up

Selected Aspects for Administrative Follow-up A P Saxena This paper discusses some aspects of a concurrent evaluation of the Integrated Rural Development Programme carried out by the Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture. Only those aspects with an administrative focus and content have been chosen for discussion. These are selection of beneficiaries, delays in providing actual assistance, linkages with other programmes, after care support and training of beneficiaries. The existing structure and processes cannot perform their role of helping the poor and the resulting procedures are in need of reform.

Administrative Style and Government Purpose

A P Saxena The administrative apparatus along with its systems and procedures is becoming complex, even cumbersome. At the same time the rising expectations of the people at large make it increasingly clear that expeditious achievement of government purpose is crucial, which in turn is related to administrative style. The article suggests a package of measures to minimise the situation of dissonance and promote increasing convergence between administrative style and government purpose.

Development of Senior Administrators

A P Saxena Efforts for development of senior administrators have been either inadequate or ad hoc, lacking appreciation of key concerns including issues of need, objectives and content. In the meantime, the number of senior administrators in most developing countries needing intervention inputs for development has been steadily increasing with the growth in the pace of planned economic development.

Government Responses to Management of Energy and Technology Sectors- Policy and Planning Initiatives in Developing Countries

Energy and Technology Sectors Policy and Planning Initiatives in Developing Countries A P Saxena The emerging trends in the energy and technology sectors pose a challenge to governments in developing countries and in particular to their administrative set-up and public personnel. The development problems and opportunities before these governments mil be increasingly influenced by the wide-ranging changes originating in these sectors. Will the developing countries be able to anticipate and adequately respond to these changes? Appreciation and appraisal of the changes depend on the scope and timing of government responses even as the profile of the responses will determine the concerns for management in the energy and technology sectors.

Changing Role of the Trainer

A P Saxena This paper seeks to examine the changing role of the trainer in the specific context of changes in the training process where the trainer has an altogether different need of learning strategies. Consequently, the trainer has to prepare for a role which demands a sharp change in his initial as well as later training. These changes can also facilitate the training-learning process, as well as promote participation in the planning, development and decision-making process affecting training institutions.

Adminstrtative Improvement at Organisation Level-A System Design

This paper presents a broad framework of an administration reform programme which however can be adapted to meet specific requirements of any organisation.

Managing Inventories by Objectives

Management of inventories per se in an environment such as exists today is difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in most enterprises.
The range of objectives implied in the overall management of inventories, therefore, needs to be compressed and relative priorities need to be assigned to the different specific objectives. To be effective at any point of time management of inventories should not be more than two to four objectives.

Inventory Management-Some Approaches and Problems

Review of Management February 1969 bility cost centres and cost analysis are needed. The 'responsibility cost' indicates the costs and results of operations by organisational units or on programme lines, the costs of inputs and also the outputs or the accomplishments of the organisation. Cost analysis, on the other hand provides the means by which the underlying responsibility and costs are summarised, rearranged and allocated. These data provide both an organisational unit orientation and a programme or product orientation.

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