Punjab ropes in JNU dons to reform state

February 8th, 2009 - 11:36 am ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 7 (IANS) The Punjab government Saturday announced the setting up of a commission of eminent personalities, including academics and retired bureaucrats, to help reform the state.
Setting up the Social Development and Governance Reforms Commission, the Punjab government hopes to bring in reforms in its existing system to put the state back on the path to progress, officials said here.

Headed by Pramod Kumar, director of the Chandigarh-based Institute of Communication and Development, the commission also includes two dons of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. These are sociologist Dipankar Gupta and economist Atul Sood.

The commission also includes two retired Punjab bureaucrats, R.N. Gupta and Satwant Reddy.

The new commission will suggest procedural, regulatory and design changes in the present system of public services and social development. Officials said that the idea is to have improved delivery of governance and its benefits to all sections of society.

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