Every citizen of India seems to have lots of hopes from the newly elected central government, especially due to their performance in the 2014 elections. When people of India are craving for a healthy change in the governance, the new government promises that change. The intellectuals of the country have come together through this book to propose memoranda to the newly elected government with an intention of helping them in better policy implementation. Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform is a collection of 17 policies proposed by India's top analysts edited by Bibek Debroy, Ashley J. Tellis and Reece Trevor.
The book is special in many ways since Mr. Ratan Tata himself has written the foreword to this book. When a group of intellectuals get together to write a book on the development of the country, the result can be nothing less than brilliant and practical. This book acts as a guideline to the new government on what strategies to implement and how to implement them. The book not only focuses on the economic development of the country, but on the overall development. With India having seen the lowest growth in the past decade, it is now time for the new government to revive India back on its feet and put the nation up on the world stage. For this to happen, reforms have to start right away and from grass root levels. Framing the policies will not take the country anywhere; implementation is the key. The government has to see to it that the policies reach the people who it is intended for.
Apart from policies related to economic development, the authors have spoken about various subjects of national importance like maintaining macroeconomic stability, confronting health challenges, renovating land management, addressing water management, rejuvenating foreign policy and many other issues. All these policies, if implemented by the new government, will take India to a better position in terms of development in years to come. While the problems are evident, government usually stumbles when it comes to finding a practicable solution to the same. The prescriptions given by these analysts are not only practical, but can ensure sustained growth if implemented and monitored properly.
There are four major recommendations proposed by the authors:
Recognize the imperative of growth.
Increase reliance on markets for efficient allocation.
Rebuild state capacity.
Shift the locus of reform from the centre to the states.
These are straightforward suggestions and how to go about the above four suggestions based on the policies recommended in the book is the thing that the new government has to work out. the book has policies suggested by some of the best analysts like Ila Patnaik, Ashok Gulati, Omkar Goswami, Rajiv Kumar, Barun Mitra, C. Raja Mohan and others of the like.
This is a book that every Indian citizen interested in the development of the country should read; a book that the government, bureaucrats and the youth should look up to. Check out this book on Junglee and get it at the lowest price!!