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CPP-Doon University & Centre for Good Governance initiate Policy Tool kit

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER

Dehradun, 12 Sep: The Centre for Public Policy and Good Governance, Uttarakhand Government, in collaboration with the Centre for Public Policy at Doon University, organised a roundtable conference on “Policy Tool Kit & Its Implementation in the State of Uttarakhand” on 9 September at CSI, here.

The conference was inaugurated by the former Chief Secretary, GOU, and Chancellor, DIT, N Ravishankar.

The conference commenced with a welcome address delivered by Prof AC Joshi, introducing the guests, the topic of discussion, and the mandate to provide policy input, which is considered a significant task.

Dr N Ravishankar elaborated on the term, “policy tool kit”, breaking it down into steps, stages, and policies. He provided various examples of how policies can be established. Prof VN Alok furthered the discussion, highlighting Dehradun as an ideal location for public policy discussions due to its proximity to the national capital, New Delhi, and its natural surroundings. He addressed several questions related to public policy, emphasising the importance of keeping citizens at the forefront of policy formulation. He stressed the roles of, both, the government and the private sector in managing various activities, thus relieving the government of its heavy burden. Prof Alok attempted to redefine the roles of state governments, panchayats, and municipalities, also referencing the Raja Chelliah committee’s tax reforms.

Dr Manoj Kumar Pant, Additional CEO of CPPGG, maintained the momentum by introducing a presentation on the practical toolkit for policymaking in Uttarakhand, where he emphasised the need for the 3A’s in the ecosystem: Availability, Affordability, and Absorption. He stated that policies should be integrated and focus on socio-economic factors. During his presentation, he introduced six toolkits: Justification and Setup for the policy/programme, Developing and analysing the evidence base for the policy, Identifying and appraising the policy options, Impact assessment for the policy, Consultation and announcement for the policy, and Monitoring and evaluation framework for the policy. He also highlighted the time constraints in policymaking and the necessity of stakeholder consultation.

Dr Pradeep Mehta continued the discussion by addressing the sunset clause and emphasising the importance of periodically revising and improving policies. Dr Promode Kant emphasised the need for government data over data collected by private organisations, citing the former’s neutrality compared to the potential bias in the latter due to personal agendas. He advocated an evidence-based understanding rather than a data-based one and emphasised the use of multiple methodologies for data collection to enhance accuracy, encouraging open discourse during interpretation.

Prof VN Alok also referenced the Ramesh Kumar Committee and its redefined role of gram panchayats and district panchayats. He noted the lack of community participation in policymaking. The session concluded with Prof AC Joshi summarising the topics discussed and expressing gratitude to the experts for making it an innovative session. He looked forward to many more such sessions and welcomed all the suggestions provided by the experts. Distinguished attendees included Professor VN Alok from IIPA Delhi, Manoj Pant, former PCCF J&K, Dr Promode Kant, Chairman of MoEF&CC, Dr Pradeep Mehta, State Head of UNDP, Peeyush Sharma, Research Scholar at Doon University, and Rohit Sharma, also a Research Scholar at Doon University.