15th Thinkers & Writers Forum

By | January 8, 2013

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The 15th Thinkers & Writers Forum was organised  on the theme of “Re-Thinking Governance” on 26th March 2013 at New Delhi.

The key content of the Forum was as follows:

  • Smart Governance
  • Creating Competitive Markets Across Sectors
  • Pricing Natural Resources
  • Fiscal Consolidation, Subsidy Management and Targeted Subsidy Delivery
  • Agricultural Marketing Reforms
  • Land Acquisition and Environmental Clearances
  • Flexibility for Labour Markets
  • Fast-tracking Investments and Approvals
  • Improving Public Services Delivery
  • Decentralization and Participatory Democracy
  • Overhauling Government Procurement Processes
  • Institutional Reforms & Capacity Building
  • Leveraging Technology
  • A Modern Taxation Framework
  • Less Paper Governance
  • Security – A Pre-requisite for Effective Governance

Given the framework, Skoch Development Foundation called for papers from domain experts, practitioners and academicians for the “15th Thinkers & Writers Forum” which was held on 26th March 2013 at New Delhi that provided an opportunity to the authors to present their academic papers to an elite gathering of delegates.

All the authors whose papers were selected, got a complimentary invitation to attend the Skoch Summit and the Skoch Challengers Awards ceremony. Selected papers from the Summit may also be considered for publication as deemed fit by the organizers.

Presented Papers

  1. Cloud Computing: A Technology Infrastructure for Financial Inclusion
    Dr K Martina Rani, Associate Professor, Vignana Jyoti Institute of Management, Hyderabad

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  2. Improving Economic Governance by Strengthening Transparency  
    Dr Sumanjeet Singh, Assistant Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi, New Delhi
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  3. Cash Subsidies in India: Need for an Integrated Approach 
    Dr Jitendra Kumar, Department of Statistics & Mr Vinod Arya, Centre for Sociological Studies, Central University of Bihar, Patna
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  4. Delivery of Public Services-The way Forward  
    Dr R Ramakrishnan, Principal Director, Agni School of Business Excellence, Salem

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  5. Rethinking Agricultural Marketing Reforms: Making contract Farming and Private Markets Work for Smallholders
    Prof Sukhpal Singh, Chairperson, Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA)Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad

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  6. Recent e-Governance Initiatives in Kerala: An Empirical Investigation of Their Benefits and Sustainability    
    Dr Manoj P K , Assistant Professor, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) & Ms Neeraja James, Research Scholar, Kerala

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  7. Challenges for Agricultural Marketing Reforms in India 
    Dr B B Barik, Principal, B V Rural Institute, Agra

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  8. Efficient Uitilization of Resources as a Measure of Good Governance in India: A State Level Analysis
    Ms Shravani Sharma, Research Scholar, College of Management  Dr Supran Kumar Sharma, Assistant Professor, College of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K
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  9. Rural India – Exploring Potential Consumer Markets   
    Dr. Rahul Goswamy, President, Lakshya Jeevan Jagriti & Ms Summaiya Afreen, General Secretary, (LJJ) & Ms Meenakshi Thakur, Vice President & Ms Preeti Mittal, Secretary, (LJJ), New Delhi
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  10. Can Service Guarantee Legislation Transform Governance in India: A Review  
    Dr Niranjan Sahoo, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

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  11. Institutional Reforms & Capacity Building: For Effective Governance    
    Mr Tushar Pandey, President & Country Head-SIGA, Yes Bank & Ms Shashwati Ghosh, Vice President-SIGA, Yes Bank, New Delhi
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  12. Capacity  Building – Connecting Corporate & Academia   
    Mr Jatinder Singh, Secretary, CSR, Education & Skill Development, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi

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  13. System of Result Based Monitoring and Evaluation for Governments Programmes/Schemes    
    Mr Manoj Kumar Mishra, Economic Officer, Programme Evaluation Organization, Planning Commission, Kolkata

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  14. Modern Indian Taxation Framework   
    Mr G Sivasankar, Charterd Accountant, Cochin

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  15. Leveraging Technology- Wastewater Revenue Management    
    Mr Satish Panchal, Managing Director, Vadodara Enviro Channel Limited, Vadodara

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  16. Effective Public Services Delivery – A Key to Inclusion    
    Ms Marina D’Costa, Project Officer, Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai

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  17. Democratic Decentralization and People’s Participation; A Way for Ensuring Gender Equity in Development;  A Study of Andhra Pradesh  
    Dr T Prabhakara Reddy, Senior Research Officer, Regional Centre for Urban and Environment Study, Osmania University, Hyderabad

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  18. India Can be the Fair Labor Leader of Asia   
    Ms Anu George Canjanathoppil, Director, Google Intervention Project, International Justice Mission & Ms Hannah DeMartini, Fellow, Google Intervention Project, Chennai
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  19. Decentralization and Participatory Democracy: Issues and Challenges    
    Mr Prashant Kumar Mishra, Company Secretary, Gujarat National Law University, New Delhi
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  20. Less Paper Governance – Paperless eGovernance in Sindhudurg District    
    Mr Virendra Singh, Collector & District Magistrate, Sindhudrug, Maharashtra & Ms Ramanilatha Mangalampalli, Sr Consultant, Directorate of Information Technology, Govt of Maharashtra, Maharashtra

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  21. Fiscal Consolidation Efforts by Targeted Subsidy Management Tool in India   
    Mr Santanu Sengupta, Secretary, Change Innovators Society, Kolkata

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  22. Agriculture Marketing Reforms in India  
    Mr Satish G Athawale, Assist Professor, MGM Institute of Management, Aurangabad
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  23. Overhauling Government Procurement Process    
    Mr P Nagaraju, Secretary to Director, IGNOU, New Delhi

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  24. Improving Public Service Delivery: Concerns & Priorities 
    Ms Kaveri Deshmukh, Deputy Director, Financial Sector & Economic Research, Confederation of Indian Industry, Mumbai
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  25. Rethinking Governance in Corporate Sector: A Comparative Study on Corporate Governance Practices of Major Listed Public and Private Sector Banks in India
    Dr Amit Majumder, Assistant Professor (Sr ) & Head of the Department, BijoyKrishna Girls’ College, Howrah
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  26. Need for Institutional Reform on the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Social Sector in India   
    Dr S M Dason, Senior Officer, Caritas India, New Delhi

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  27. Decentralization of High Courts: Case Analysis of India’s Largest High Court   
    Mr Ajit Sharma, Counsel, Supreme Court of India , New Delhi

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  28. Land Acquisition- Resolving the Flaws Through Modification in the Legal Framework (With Special Reference to the Singur Fiasco)   
    Mr Arvind Giriraj, Advocate, Mumbai High Court, Mumbai

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  29. Agricultural Marketing Reforms in India    
    Ms Shikha Makkar, Assistant Professor, Sri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, New Delhi

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  30. Punjab Aheading Towards Educated Illiterates
    Dr. Gursharan Singh Kainth, Director, Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies, Amritsar
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  31. Wastewater: Waste or Wealth?
    Dr Pradip Dey, Indian Institute of Social Science, Project Coordinator, Bhopal
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  32. Assessing Policy Based Competition Impediments in Pharmaceutical and Agriculture Product Marketing Sector in India
    Ms Swati Thapar, Research Assistant, CUTS International, Jaipur
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