In what has been widely described as the information age, in which knowledge is increasingly regarded as the principal source of wealth and power, it is astonishing that we should ask such a question “Can professionals act as the proliferators within the existing government set up in India?” The answer is simple and inescapable, not only can the professionals be used, the costs of not employing them are unacceptable. This is so because professionals can not only add value to the system but also bring sustainable ways amongst the Government system which could ensure the quality of the government measures for the betterment of the people.
There is no denial in the fact that our country’s economy is in a transformational phase from the state of welfare economy to a progressive economy, where development is given more focus than growth. The path of development followed by the Governance system is basically issue based and schematic in nature. The performance and outcome of these schemes /programs may be monitored and evaluated in isolation but the real challenge remains evaluation of the multiple programmes integrated together. The public administration, in majority has been bestowed the responsibility of implementing these schemes and programmes. The role of a professional in this administrative set up, particularly can add value to the pace of the implementation of the developmental initiatives.
Ideally, implementation of Government initiatives are required to be verified with the need of the people at the ground. This need assessment should be complemented with the data collection from the field with the help of sensible and intelligent resources. Further, the collected data is required to be analyzed in terms of putting new observation into a context with the old. This analysis serves as the determining factor for the course of action followed by devising the implementation strategy at the ground. But in actual all these steps are not followed by the administration due to the lack of skilled human resources and professionals.
Apart from adding value to the system, professionals may act as a forced multiplier in terms of mobilising public opinion and making the system more transparent and efficient in relation to the delivery of services. He/She should not be perceived as an agent to challenge the existing system, rather a resource to bring in necessary components to strengthen the existing system. One of such component which is found lacking in the existing governance system is the focus on the output than the process which creates a huge shift from the set objectives of the development programmes. A professional who is skilled in Project Management can help the governance system devising processes and their indicators keeping in view the objectives to ensure achieving the objectivity of the programs and thus achieving the desired outputs. In this way there are several other sectors where the professionals can deliver to the Governance system through their knowledge and skills.
Further, there ample scope of innovation in this sector, given a condition that should be productive. The “management guru” C.K.Prahlad once quoted “Innovative approaches will be accepted by people if they believe that you care about them and you genuinely want them to succeed.” These words are true and can be brought in practice through one’s commitment to act and deliver in a more transparent and coherent manner. Technology may be a tool to explore the extent of innovation in the governance system. It also helps creating environment of mutual learning for a better scope of replication of feasible ideas and successful initiatives. A skilled professional who is having the balanced knowledge of the society and technology can use this tool for the benefit of the people.
A good society needs a good governance. Good governance needs good theories and good administration. Good administration needs good and dedicated professionals. The success or failure of a governance system depends substantially on the measure of clarity that attends its conceptualization and execution. The responses to the major failures in the government initiatives, especially in the context of the developmental initiatives viz. SGSY (Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana) etc. have been greatly inhibited by an absence of clarity, enormous confusion over the concept and deliberate obfuscation by atleast certain entities. This is the high time for the policy makers to rethink sincerely on the extent of value and importance good professionals can deliver in the present governance system to bring in clarity and transparency in the system and across the stakeholders in line of making the country a super power.