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How Many Ministries Do We Really Need?

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How Many Ministries Do We Really Need?

 

With Narendra Modi all set to be sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India, the question we are asking is – How many ministries do we really need to govern India?

 

BoomNews’s show #TheIndiaHangout got together Govindraj Ethiraj, Subir Gokarn of Brookings Institute, AK Bhattacharya, Editor, Business Standard and author Rasheed Kidwai to debate the issue.

 

Key higlights:

 

A Govt report said ideal size would be 20-25 ministries

 

Size can be decided based on what the Govt should be doing: Gokarn

 

We definitely need somebody who has an overview of domains: Gokarn

 

For example, talk of energy and you can combine several ministries: Gokarn

 

Heirarchies need to be compressed: Gokarn

 

The aim should be maximum governance, minimum government: Bhattacharya

 

Legislation allows Govt to have as large as 79 ministries: Bhattacharya

 

Cabinet ministers can very easily be brought down to 14: Bhattacharya

 

If he fails to reduce size of ministry, there will be no change in governance: Bhattacharya

 

Modi has the mandate to draw the line and say that I am delivering on my promises: Gokarn

 

In our system of governance, bureaucracy is important but ministers are more important: Bhattacharya

 

The starting point would be to have a lean ministry: Bhattacharya

 

There is a huge demographic opportunity materialsing in Govt as a whole: Gokarn

 

Public sector employment gathered momentum in the late 60s-early 70s: Gokarn

 

A lot of the early govt recruits are actually retiring: Gokarn

 

I think around 30% of the banking workforce is retiring over the next five years: Gokarn

 

This is the most significant opportunity to undertake administrative reforms: Gokarn

 

Infrastructure needs something like the Planning Commission outside the ministerial domain: Gokarn

 

I would be looking at the domains that cabinet ministers are given and who are the operating ministers: Gokarn

 

Food, jobs and infrastructure needs amalgamation of many ministries: Gokarn

 

 

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