Decentralisation of Governance and Public
December 23, 2013, Kolkata
Dr. Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley delivered a lecture on the theme "Decentralisation of Governance and Public Service Delivery" at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Kolkata on December 23, 2013.
Dr. Ajay Chibber, Director General, Independent Evaluation Organisation chaired the session while comments were provided by Shri M N Roy, Former Member, Expert Committee on Leveraging Panchayat Raj and Shri T R Raghunandan, Member, Committee on West Bengal Panchayat Raj Act.
''After its many failures, the centralised state everywhere has lost a great deal of legitimacy… A major dilemma of governance institutions in a developing country is a trade-off between autonomy and accountability, that is inevitably involved in most governance, including in the centralisation vs. decentralisation debate" - Dr. Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley
''Decentralisation is yet to be achieved in India. Comparing India with China, he said that though China is not a democratic country, but has a more decentralised and accountable government. The delivery of service at local level is one of the main deciding factors in the recent elections in India'' - Dr. Ajay Chhibber, Director General, Independent Evaluation Office