21st Thinkers & Writers Forum


 The 21st Thinkers & Writers Forum was organised on the theme of “Minimum Government Maximum Governance” on 21st September 2014 at New Delhi.

The Key contents of the forum were as follows:


  • Making Federalism Work
  • Tax Funded Health Services
  • Re-architecting Social Sector Schemes
  • Revive or Disinvest from State Owned Enterprise
  • Redefine Role of Planning


  • Cloud
  • Services
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Identity Integration
  • Social Media
  • Public Safety
  • Goods and Services Tax
  • Financial Inclusion and Deepening
  • Infrastructure Finance:
    • Creation of a domestic debt market
    • Take-out financing
  • Stable Policy Environment on Taxes and Transfer Pricing


  • Redefining Priority Sector Lending to make it job generative-include infrastructure, MSMEs, Tourism and Affordable Housing.
  • Rural and Agricultural Revival
  • Sustainable Development
  • Restructuring Social Sector
  • Livelihood linked Skill Development
  • Sorting out Land Acquisition

Smart Cities:

  • Cities as Engines of Growth
  • 100 new Smart Cities
  • Municipal Governance
  • Municipal Finances
  • Waste and Water Management
  • Urban Services Delivery
  • Urban Renewal
  • Public Safety & Security

Given the framework, Skoch Development Foundation called for papers from domain experts, practitioners and academicians for the “21st Thinkers & Writers Forum” 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 final papers were selected, received a complimentary invitation for attending the 37th Skoch Summit and the Skoch Awards of Excellence ceremony.


Presented Papers:
1 “RE-THINKING MGNREGS: Livelihood Linked Challenges for Rural Youth in Chhattisgarh”, By – Dr. Archana Sinha, Department of Rural & Urban Studies, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi
2 “Model for sustainable development and generation of income from Wasteland with Tree-based Farming System”, By – Dr. Pradip Dey,  Project Coordinator, IISS- Bhopal
3 “Redefining Priority Sector Lending to make it job generative-include infrastructure, MSMEs and Tourism”, By – Ms. Jot Prakash Kaur, Research Associate, Global Compact Initiative, New Delhi
4 “Decentralised Planning”, By – Mr. Manoj Kumar Mishra, Economic Officer Programme Evaluation Organisation Planning Commission, Kolkata
5 “Smart or Knowledge Cities: Which are more relevant for India?”, By – Profesor Surinder Batra,  Professor Guest Co-editor International Journal of Knowledge Based Development SI on Knowledge Cities & Regions: Emerging Perspectives, Ghaziabad
6 “Institutional Reforms for Effective Development”

“Institutional Reforms for Effective Development”, By – Mr. Tushar Pandey- Senior President & Country Head, Mr. Parth Joshi- Senior Manager & Ms. Srijita Dutta-Associate, Public & Social Policies Management, YES Bank Ltd
7 “Minimum Government Maximum Governance in Education”, By – Mr. K. Ravi Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Koderma
8 “Impact of Governance on contribution of Indian MSMEs”, By -Prof. R. Ramarao, Professor, Vignana Jyoti School of Management, Hyderabad
9 “Livelihood Linked Skill Development; A Panacea for Unemployment and Poverty; A Study of combined Andhra Pradesh “, By -Dr. T Prabhakara Reddy, Director, VBILSGRC, Udaipur, Rajasthan
10 “Towards more Functional Federalism under Market Economy”, By – Dr. Prakash Chandra Jha, Assistant Professor, Amity Law School, Amity University Rajasthan
11 “Governance and Sustainable Development, a distant dream for rural poor-An analysis in  India”, By – Dr. S. M. Dason, Senior Officer Caritas India, New Delhi
12 “Micro Insurance:  An Assessment of the scope and its penetration in the Indian Situation”, By – Prof. Sudha Rajagopal, Jain University, Bangalore
13 “Edifying Knowledge for Agricultural revitalization”, By – Mr Gurpreet Singh, Programme Specialist, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Junagadh District
14 “RTE Act: Promise and Pathways”, By –  Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth, Director, Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies, Amritsar
15 “Financial Inclusion & Deepening”, By -Dr. K. Ravindranath, Assistant General Manager & Dr. R.C. Lodha, Genaral Manager Union Bank of India
16 “Rural & Agriculture Revival”, By – Dr. K. Ravindranath, Assistant General Manager & Dr. R.C. Lodha, Genaral Manager, Union Bank of India
17 “Governance in Health Care-the way ahead”, By – Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Chief Consultant and Independent Researcher, Classic Consultants, Salem
18 “Capital Market Accessibility for Small and Medium Enterprises: Reflections on Alternative Investment Market Model in India”,      By – Dr. Darshana Padia, Associate Professor, H L Institute of Commerce, Ahmedabad University
19 “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance: Urban Service Delivery for Inclusive Growth”, By – Mr. P. Nagaraju, Secretary to Director, IGNOU, New Delhi
20 “Shaping Cities with Evidence-Based Decisions”,  By – Ms. Shashwati Ghosh, Vice President, YES Bank Ltd