Pandemic Disruptions and Odisha’s Lessons in Governance

Pandemic Disruptions and Odisha’s Lessons in Governance

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ISBN: 9789390961917

Author: Dr Amar Patnaik

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Binding: HB


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About the Book

With only 0.55 beds available for every 1,000 people, India’s public health system struggled to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, even while out-of-pocket expenditure pushed millions back into poverty leading to economic, educational, and equity distress. Also, with the increase in the use of technology, concerns about data privacy and citizens’ right to privacy emerged. Tensions between the State and Centre over the allocation of funds built up as budgetary resources started dwindling for both. Children becoming orphans and girls vulnerable to child marriages and trafficking was another disturbing fallout. Amidst these multifarious challenges in several sectors, there were States like Odisha which stood out, by adopting the famed 5T framework of governance which forms the overacting policy approach in what has now gained prominence as the Odisha Model of growth and development. Odisha Government’s handling of the covid crisis riding on its earlier experience in handling natural disasters has been applauded nationally as well as globally. Pandemic Disruptions and Odisha’s Lessons in Governance compiles various essays that the author wrote during the pandemic years outlining India’s and Odisha’s fight against COVID and all the concomitant unintended consequences while also commenting on how either policy planning or implementation could possibly have been better, setting out a roadmap for the future. Several of these policy prescriptions were later adopted by the Government.

About the Author

Dr Amar Patnaik

A former career bureaucrat, Dr Amar Patnaik is currently a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from Odisha representing the Biju Janata Dal. He is the recipient of the Sansad Ratna Award 2022. A PhD in institutional economics, he is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, Consultative Committee on Forest, Environment and Climate Change, and Joint Committee on Biological Diversity. He is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on Public Undertakings. He regularly writes on issues relating to economics, finance, technology, data privacy, and the environment.

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