Planning commission member BK Chaturvedi suggested civil servants should not only have a reasonable tenure but should also be encouraged to take risks to achieve desired results.
Speaking at the session, Chaturvedi said a motivated civil service cadre was a prerequisite for good governance and development. However, he said, while civil servants should be encouraged to take risks, they should also be required to declare their assets every year and bring about transparency in their work to minimise the scope of corruption. "A fear of getting punished for wrongdoing should be instilled in their mind," he said.
Chaturvedi said that rate of urbanisation in Uttar Pradesh was only 22 %, far below the all-India average of 31 %.
"Governance and growth are intertwined and reinforce each other and states with good governance are those with high growth rate," he said, insisting that governance, therefore, should be improved for the sake of progress.
Apart from a motivated civil service, a rule of law was also necessary for development to take place, Chaturvedi said. He pointed out that no amount of police reforms would help unless the justice delivery system was quick. "A whopping 30 million cases are pending in various courts in the country and it would take umpteen number of years to dispose of these cases," he said.
Delivery of public services, Chaturvedi said, was an equally important factor and a simplification of procedures was needed to make this more effective, he suggested.
He said both the centre and the states should delegate more and more powers to grassroots level workers in order to provide easy access to services like heath, sanitation, and drinking water.
Later replying to a question from audience, Chaturvedi admitted that going by population figures, the state should get more than 12.5 % of funds allocation from the centre. "But as per the formula under which funds are allocated, a state's share depends on many things, including the state's capacity to raise its own resources, degree of poverty and population," he clarified. Replying to another question, he said the centre and the Planning Commission were doing a lot of things to promote village-level industries.