Chouhan and ministers get a fix on how to govern better

February 3rd, 2009 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS  

Pachmarhi (Madhya Pradesh), Feb 2 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet colleagues had a two-day getaway in this picturesque hill station, not to relax, but learn about better managerial skills, how to control their emotions and build capacities. The workshop was organised here to acquaint the ministers with the global changes and to improve their efficiency.

Chouhan and his 22 ministerial colleagues were acquainted with modern management techniques and leadership skills at the workshop jointly organised by the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, and the School of Good Governance, Bhopal.

Conducted by the former dean of IIM-Ahamedabad Indira J. Parikh and Prof. Girishwar Mishra of the Psychology Department of Delhi University, the workshop’s special feature was to explain in detail how governance-administration can be made more effective by using new management techniques, methods and practices.

While Prof Parikh defined the role of leadership in development and welfare works and helped the participants update themselves on the fast changing scenario the world over, Prof Mishra and his colleagues focussed on personality development and self-analysis.

Former state election commissioner N.B. Lohani explained to the participants important constitutional provisions, business rules, right to information, functioning of the government at Mantralaya (Secretariat) level and how to establish effective coordination at different levels.

Chouhan told mediapersons Monday that the workshop would help remove the deficiencies in the administration. “The psychology experts have given us lessons on methods to control emotions and pointed out that it was necessary for discharging work in a better manner,” he said.

Chouhan also said the ministers were provided with a questionnaire of 60 questions to know how they behave and react in different circumstances. After checking, the questionnaire was returned to the ministers for self-analysis. “They were informed of the deficiencies found during the test and how they could be removed with the help of psychology tools,” he said.

Other management and psychology ‘gurus’ from New Delhi, Indore and Ahmedabad also delivered lectures on better governance and provided tips to ministers for maximising efficiency in running the administration.

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