PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: 01 October 2016
Insights Optional Test – 4;
- ‘Our normal expectation should be that new programs will fail to get off the ground and that, at best, they will take considerable time to get started. The cards in this world are stacked against things happening’ (Pressman and Wildavsky). Comment.
- ‘Those who budget, deal with their overwhelming burdens by adopting heuristic aids to calculation’ (Wildavsky). Explain.
- Do you think that there is an unresolved and often overlooked tension in Dicey’s concept of rule of law, considering that the other principle of parliamentary sovereignty in English constitutional system runs counter to it?
- Critically examine the variables in the composition and functioning of Cabinet Committees.
- “Memorandum of Understanding’ scheme between the Government and Public enterprises has forced public undertakings to improve their overall performance.” Do you agee with this statement?
- “The success and prestige enjoyed by a Chief Secretary, to a large, upon his equations with the varied sets of people and institutions that form the work environment.” Critically evaluate the statement and its relevance to the role of Chief Secretary in the discharge of his function.
- In the exercise of his/her functions, the President of India is a mere ‘Convenient working hypothesis’. Do you agree with this view? Justify your reasoning with illustrations.
- ‘Parliamentary Departmental Committees have played their role effectively in analyzing the demands for grants.’ Evaluate.
- Explain the emerging ambiguity in respect of the developmental role of District Collector in the wake of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act.
- What kind of indicative planning should NITI ayog perform in your opinion. Take health as the sector of interest and argue.
- ‘Parliament is an independent institution, not to be seen as an extension of government or of a party.’ Elaborate.
- ‘The authority of the Governor in the discretionary field is not unrestrained. If it is misused … the President can check him/her and if necessary, he may even remover the Governor.’ Examine this statement critically in the context of the Office of the Governor.
- “Anti-defection law impinges on the right of free speech of the legislators”. Examine the statement.
- Indian president’s activism varied with time. Discuss.
- “Advent of PIL is the main reason for ever aggravating pendency” Critically examine.