An interesting conversation. However, rather too much time was spent describing how policies were badly/not implemented rather than on getting to the bottom of the problem. Just about every Indian could add a dozen more examples to the list.
Everybody knows that there isn’t a focus on “outcomes” (as the common man puts it, “kuch nahin hota hai”)but why is this so? Why isn’t there a culture of performance and accountability in the government? Why is this tolerated? Why isn’t the secretary of health, for example, hauled up and made to answer why 70 percent of nurses in public hospitals don’t show up for work – and given that is the case, why they are not sacked? Why, in fact, is he not sacked? And the overarching question, why do successive governments fail to address the dysfunctional nature of the state, despite (like Manmohan Singh when he took office) proclaiming the importance of doing so? These are some of the questions we need to get to the bottom of.