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Privatisation not a solution for development
Source: expressbuzz.com
Source Date: Monday, December 13, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: India
Created: Dec 13, 2010

HIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has said that privatisation is not the solution for development in Kerala. He was chairing a discussion on ‘Kerala Model of Development,’ organised in connection with the three-day annual international conference of Network of Asia-Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG) at the Institute of Management in Government here on Sunday.

The Minister said that public participation was more important in ensuring effective governance. Development has to be designed in such a manner that emphasis is laid on decentralised participatory governance. He added that the state would have to shift its development path with stress on knowledge-based and skill-based industries. George Mathew, sociologist, who took part in the discussion, pointed out that the secular values of the society have contributed enormously towards the Kerala Model of Development. ‘‘Ours is not a crisis-ridden society. We have invested in people and have created good human capital. Governance is being taken to the doorsteps of the people, which is indeed a good sign. Governance by participation and discussion is the key to development,’’ he said.Discussions were also held on gender improvement and decentralisation on the basis of Kerala Model of Development. State Planning Board members Mridul Eapen and K N Harilal, LSG Principal Secretary S M Vijayanand and CDS professor K P Kannan also took part in the discussion.
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