CUTS IN MEDIA-August 2008


Why govt policies fail to meet target
Statesman, August 26, 2008

A FINE BALANCE - Development needs competition, but it must be regulated
The Telegraph, August 25, 2008

Workshop on South Asia
Newindpress, August 20, 2008

Govt officials to undergo training by Raj-based NGO
Business Standard, August 17, 2008

`I can't set the timeline for conclusion of the Doha Round'
Business Line, August 15, 2008

India ready for talks if Lamy gets positive U.S. response
Business Line, August 14, 2008

Lamy sees major gains from Geneva commitments
Meri News, August 13, 2008

India may return to WTO talks
Business Standard, August 13, 2008

Lamy seeks Doha discounts
Economic Times, August 13, 2008

Developing nations to benefit from WTO: Lamy
Commodity Online, August 13, 2008

Lamy picks up threads of failed Doha talks
Business Line, August 13, 2008

Lamy still hopeful on Doha Round
Business Standard, August 13, 2008

Nath, Lamy call for restarting WTO talks
Financial Express, August 13, 2008

WTO talks will succeed if it strengthens the weakest: Kamal Nath
India News live, August 12, 2008

Kamal Nath firm on re-negotiation of farm safeguards mechanism
SME Times, August 12, 2008

WTO, India Push for Resumption of Global Trade Talks
Voa News, August 12, 2008

India for fresh WTO talks if flaws are removed: Kamal Nath
The Hindu, August 12, 2008

Lamy seeks India's support for next move on Doha
The Hindu, August 12, 2008

WTO and India call for resumption of stalled global trade talks
Canadian Business, August 12, 2008

WTO Chief Lamy to meet Indian PM today
PR-inside, August 12, 2008

WTO chief Pascal Lamy to meet PM Manmohan Singh today
Business Standard, August 12, 2008

WTO chief Lamy visiting India to try to revive trade talks
Economic Times, August 11, 2008

WTO Chief Pascal Lamy to visit India this week
Live Mint, August 10, 2008

US to be blamed for failed WTO talks: Expert
Business Line, August 05, 2008

`I remain convinced we can find a compromise'
Business Standard, August 05, 2008

Africa: Countries Should Bolster Efforts to Reform Their Trade Regimes, August 04, 2008

It's curtains for an Indian 'Tom and Jerry show'
Gulf News, August 02, 2008


Why govt policies fail to meet target

The Statesman, Kolkata, August 26, 2008

KOLKATA, Aug. 25: A recent study conducted by the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) revealed that most of the government policies framed to undertake development projects in the rural areas have failed owing to a lack of communication between the policymakers and beneficiaries.

The study which was conducted among 412 families in districts like Hooghly, Jalpaiguri, Malda and Purulia revealed that most of the government policies fail to achieve the target because the policymakers ~ both in the state and at the Centre ~ were unaware of the requirements of the beneficiaries at the rural level.

The director of CUTS, Mr George Cheriyan, said: “Most of the policies failed due to lack of communication between the policymakers and villagers. The policies, which were framed to undertake development works in rural areas, do not include the actual requirements of the villagers. Thus various policies that had been undertaken to develop a certain area or community remain ineffective.”

He further added that both the state and the Centre should conduct surveys among the beneficiaries or the target groups to assess their needs before framing a policy. Surveys can also help the policymakers to understand loopholes in any ongoing policy and that could be revised in future.

A senior official of the Consumer Unity and Trust Society said at the end of every fiscal both the state and Union government reveal that a huge amount of money has been spent to undertake various projects and policies but the beneficiaries hardly get anything out of those projects.

“Henceforth, the government should conduct both pre and post implementation surveys to assess the need of the beneficiaries and effects of any policies on the beneficiaries,” he added.

Moreover, CUTS also introduced Community Score Card (CSC), which is a social accountability tool, implemented to assess the effect and benefit of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). Mr Cheriyan said: “CSC is a community-based monitoring tool, to extract social and public accountability and responsiveness from service providers. CSC solicits user perceptions on quality, efficiency and transparency of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act ."



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