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The initiatives cover three broad areas of Enabling Environment for Economic Growth and Employment Generation, Core Government Functions, Minimum Needs Programme and Effective, Efficient and Accessible Local Self-Governments.
The major initiatives proposed include formation of the State civil services, merit-based promotions in the Government service, a minimum needs programme covering health and other sectors, restructuring of subsidies and formulation of a unified water resources policy.
Public enterprises reforms, removal of labour market rigidities, strengthening of infrastructure and mechanism for guaranteeing of investment in infrastructure are among the other proposals.
New initiatives are proposed in the education sector to ensure social accountability. Redeployment of excess teachers and ban on active politics by teachers are among the proposals. The local bodies will be given better control of public health institutions and freedom to collect health cess from households, if required. Community management of water supply and sanitation, propagation of a holistic waste management system through incentive mechanisms and popularisation of rainwater harvesting are among the other initiatives.
A knowledge-based decision support system for transparent e-governance, creation of a knowledge archive for the Government Secretariat and Information Technology-based information exchange through Akshaya Centre are proposed to improve governance.
A five-year planning framework is to be implemented in local bodies. The Service Delivery Project is one of the five fast track projects proposed under the MGP. (The other projects deal with poverty alleviation, information access to citizens in key offices and simplification of rules and procedures).
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