Andhra Pradesh Announces Direct Benefit Transfers in Education
The Government of Andhra Pradesh recently announced a direct cash transfer scheme applicable to all recognised schools in the state. Under the 'Jaganna Amma Vodi' programme, the Government will provide financial assistance of INR 15,000/- per annum to each mother or recognised guardian from a below poverty line household. The scheme is an attempt to enhance access to schools, ensure equity and achieve minimum learning levels.
Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) are a direct transfer of entitlements or cash into beneficiary accounts replacing in-kind benefits, reducing leakages, increasing beneficiary choice, and eliminating intermediaries between the beneficiary and the state. In the case of education, DBT can help address concerns of schools and teacher accountability, giving more choice to parents and the student.
CCS has advocated for the adoption of DBT in education as a means to improve efficiency and educational outcomes. In 2017, we published a Policy Blueprint on ‘Direct Benefit Transfers in Education’, examining the impact of cash transfers and vouchers on education outcomes. The document also makes design recommendations for implementing DBT programs in education.
AN APPEAL FOR REPEAL: #LAWWITHFLAWS
The Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1914 requires an inspector should have well-brushed teeth or will be disqualified. Such redundant and obsolete laws increase the burden on the justice delivery system and hence should be repealed.
In July 2019, the parliament passed the Repealing and Amending Bill 2019. The Bill called for the repeal of 58 archaic and irrelevant laws, in order to improve governance efficiency.
In keeping with this, on 25th November we launched the Repeal Law Compendium at the Constitution Club of India. In its 6th edition, the compendium presents 150 laws to be repealed from the North East region of India.
The launch was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Statutory Clean Up: Institutionalisation of Repeal Law Day’. Our eminent panellists consisted of India’s prominent legal, policy and industry experts such as Vikramjit Banerjee, Additional Solicitor General of India; Arundhati Katju, Independent Litigator & Supreme Court Lawyer; P K Malhotra, Former Law Secretary, Ministry of Law & Justice; Maneesh Chhibber, Consulting Editor, The Print; Hemant Batra, Advocate,Vice President, SAARCLAW and Founder & Counsel, Kaden Boriss Global and Dr Neeti Shikha, Head, Centre for Insolvency and Bankruptcy.
Started in 2014, the ‘Repeal of 100 Laws’ Project aims to identify laws that could be repealed on account of three reasons: i) redundancy, ii) obsolescence in the face of new laws iii) hindrance to development, governance and freedom.
Know more about the Repeal of Law Project here
Intelligent Tweaks to Debug India for Maximum Governance
Businesses and citizens require a large number of approvals, clearances and licenses from the Government. Key challenges in the acquisition of these include information asymmetry, convoluted procedures, increase in lead time and lag in dealing with time-sensitive projects. To remedy this, a small tweak would be to create a time-bound program to convert permissions into self-certified intimations to the public authorities.
It is often such minor tweaks and processes that result in significant improvements in the governance architecture. With this philosophy in mind, we launched the ‘TweakBook for Governance Reforms’ on 7th November 2019.
The launch was followed by a panel discussion ‘Debugging India for Maximum Governance: Ensuring Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency’ with our panellists Amit Kaushik, CEO Australian Council for Educational Research, India; Shakti Sinha, Former Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML); Shailaja Chandra, Former Secretary, Government of India and Former Chief Secretary, Delhi; K P Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Davinder P S Sandhu, Partner, KPMG (India). Over 90 participants attended the discussion and the launch.
A YEAR IN REVIEW: CCS ANNUAL REPORT 2018- 19
For over two decades, CCS has continued to inspire future leaders and change agents, championing a liberal approach to public policy. This past year, we launched the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), our most ambitious project thus far, and the next frontier to our work in nurturing young leaders. ISPP offers a full-time, residential, one-year Masters’ equivalent program in Policy, Design and Management.