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The Governance Gap

My article in the One India One People magazine.

THE GOVERNANCE GAP

APRIL 1, 2019 THEME

In India, there has never been a dearth of intentions and good policies. Yet, we fail miserably at implementation, says Mahesh Zagade. Why do we have this implementation deficit, he asks, as he tries to analyse the basics of governance in India.

http://oneindiaonepeople.com/the-governance-gap/

In India, there has never been a dearth of intentions and good policies. Yet, we fail miserably at implementation, says Mahesh Zagade. Why do we have this implementation deficit, he asks, as he tries to analyse the basics of governance in India.

An article of a few hundred words won’t do justice to the topic of good governance, in the context of the current scenario in India. However, let’s understand broadly the landscape of the topic, and leave the detailed intellectual deliberations to the larger public and academic platforms.

The contextual relevance of governance depends upon the tangible outcome of the intended role. In a democratic set-up, the intended role of governance is specified in the Constitution of that country, and it is further elaborated through the statutes, policies and welfare programmes. The principles laid down in the Directive Principles of the State Policy in the fourth chapter of our Constitution, are considered to be the beacon, guiding the Centre and the state governments to apply these principles in designing the laws and programmes to establish a just society. It clearly mandates that “the government shall strive to promote the welfare of the people by securing and protecting as effectively as it may, a social order in which justice, social, economic and political, shall inform all the institutions of the national life, strive to minimise the inequalities in income, and endeavour to eliminate inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities, not only amongst individuals, but also amongst groups of people residing in different areas, or engaged in different vocations. Therefore, the mandate assigned by the people to the government is very clear and explicit.

Seven decades of governance

A quick scan of the statutes, policies and programmes promulgated by the government with reference to the Directive Principles indicates, in my personal view, that the country has done wonderfully well during the last seven decades on this front, with some exceptions. And therefore, political leaderships have performed amazingly well by giving appropriate laws and programmes. Of course, there some areas where governments could have given better laws to alleviate suffering of the people. To cite examples we can look at a few such failures. As per a survey of an NGO, about 66% litigations in the country are land related. This is a humongous number as a very large number, of litigants, mostly the peasants bear the brunt of it, and it has economic and societal ramifications, including unnecessary expenditures in litigation, pressures of heavy load on the judiciary, and more important, social conflicts and tensions. The government has definitely failed to appreciate the enormity of the problem. There could be similar examples of governmental failure regarding conceptualisation of appropriate policies and programmes too.

One thing, though, is very conspicuous. Those at the helm of governance always claim that it’s good governance, in contrast to those outside the government who hold an extremely wide spectrum of opinions ranging from some people lambasting it to be very bad, to some suggesting improvements. However, the people are still generally unhappy about the societal and economic status or the governance system.

The major ill in the country in the context of governance is the successive governments’ monumental and unforgivable failure to mainstream the culture of rigorous implementation of the statutes and the programmes. On the one hand, the laws and the programmes have been designed by taking all possible care, however, the same care appears to be grossly missing while overseeing their implementation. The requirement of those at the helm of affairs to resort to announcements of emotionally driven slogans like “Garibi Hatao” or “Achhe Din”, is the clinical manifestation of the failure of implementation. Howsoever may be the desperate urge of the political leadership to secure ultimate public good, at least as a tool to retain power, it falls short of its intended impact due to lacunae or deficit of implementation. We may, for brevity, name it as a new syndrome called an ‘implementation-deficit syndrome’.

The implementation deficit syndrome

Let’s explore the anatomy and physiology of the implementation-deficit syndrome. Anatomically, there doesn’t appear to be any handicap leading to this syndrome, as the country has one of the largest bureaucratic apparatuses in the world. The quintessential problem with the Indian administrative machinery lies in the fact that it has been consistently failing in the implementation of the governance tools, namely, the laws enacted by the Parliament and the state legislatures, and also programmes announced by the governments. The implementation-deficit has almost taken away substantial benefits accruing from the governance tools in every sphere of social activity including economic progress, income equality, health, nutrition, transparency, employment, income security, social justice, infrastructure, education…. the list is endless.

The landscape of implementation failure is so vast that it will be a mockery to cite one example. However, to give a small glimpse into this, we can look around to see how blatantly laws are being flouted and we simply take that as a fait accompli. For example, we see sprawling slums and illegal constructions dotting the urban areas all over the country and we, once in a while, come to know about slum clearances, demolition of illegal constructions because of proactive stance of some no nonsense officer. We eulogise such officials. However, the basic fact that is always missed out is the failure of officials to prevention of slums or illegal constructions ab initio. The laws in this respect are very robust in the sense that no one can construct anything without the permission of the Municipal Commissioner or any other officer who is the chief administrator of that city or town. It only means that these officials have historically failed in implementation of building permission laws. No officer in the history of independent India has been penalised for allowing such illegal constructions except in rare cases, wherein lives were lost because of illegal and faulty constructions.

This eloquently tells the sordid affair of non-implementation of major statutes across the country and passive acceptance of it by the general public. Similarly, because of non-implementation of Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994, the girl child ratio is still falling in spite of dedicated official machinery from national to grassroots level and appurtenant budgetary provisions. The same is the case with very well meaning and well-crafted social welfare schemes. The country can’t forget former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s famous remarks that only 15 paise of every rupee for the welfare of the downtrodden reaches them. This state of affairs has become mainstream accepted fact due to the non-implementation syndrome that has been hunting us for seven decades.

Remedy for corruption

The nation is incessantly busy in debating as how to combat corruption. My experience shows that corruption is inversely proportionate to the levels of implementation of laws and programmes. The higher the level of implementation, lower incidence of corruption and vice-versa.

Is there any remedy or panacea for this malady? Yes, of course! But the question is whether we really want the solution? As per the quote attributed to the philosopher Joseph de Maistre “Every nation gets the government it deserves”. It’s not just the government, but the same is true for the bureaucracy too. There is necessity for the people to wake up from the deep slumber of seven decades to this major syndrome if they at all want to see any transformation, or otherwise, it’s going to be business as usual!

The Indian bureaucracy is more like a pyramid rather than a brain. The pinnacle of pyramid sitting on the huge structure below, it simply has no control or functionality over it. It has been reduced to being just a decorative piece rather than being a control centre of a brain. The cabinet secretary and the chief secretaries of the states have to revisit their role in the state craft as the leaders to secure implementation of parliamentary, legislative and policy mandates and use all the resources at their disposal to not only secure good governance but also to eliminate the forces that act as hindrances. This is not at all a tall order to ask for as I have myself experimented during 34 years of my career and found that it’s not just doable for any post that one holds in government but one can really achieve tangible impact in a short time-frame.

We need to introduce audit of implementation through a third party independent organisation, and the country should be kept apprised of the levels of implementation deficits in all the statutes and programmes.

One India One People Foundation

Mahesh Zagade

Mahesh Zagade, an IAS officer, retired as Principal Secretary to Government, had a very tumultu- ous career spanning over 34 years. As a firm believer in transparency, he introduced Right to Information seven years before the government enacted the law for it. His notable contributions include rigorous implementation of laws for patient safety, and ban of gutkha and paan masala during his tenure as Commissioner for FDA, establishment of Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, and strict implementation of land laws to control nefarious activities of unscrupulous elements. He is a recipient of international awards like WHO No-Tobacco Day Award, Prime Minister`s Gold Award for e-Governance 2012-13, and President`s Silver Medal for Census 2011. Currently, he shares his experience, vision and knowledge in diverse subjects with all segments of the society, including farmers, students, corporates, health professionals, government officials, people`s representatives and academics, through lectures and organised meetings.

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Empower yourself…….(For the young)

Buddies, we have been blessed with best of biologically evolved body and mind in comparison with the rest of the creatures and, therefore, we can proudly call ourselves supreme being and this supremacy is growing day by day. In fact, we have started to explore all the frontiers of the Universe. What has made us so powerful than the other creatures? It’s certainly not the physical strength as some of the animals like tigers or lions can easily surpass our bodily strength. Therefore, it’s not the physical strength, but intellectual prowess that sets us apart from the rest of the animals.

The intellectual strength is the outcome of the brain that we possess. We have the largest and most complicated brain that enables us to acquire, store and process information on such a scale that is unimaginable. You are living in an era that provides you easy access to information….. an access to an unprecedented scale and speed. This has become possible through the internet, information technologies, print and electronic media. In fact, it has come to a stage wherein the information flows on its own through various sources, especially the social media. I call it an assault of information. It’s good or bad?

Of course, the information is always good, however, there are two issues that decide the utility of it.

First, there’s growing danger of spread of false information that gets circulated through social, electronic and other means of communication. You have to be very discernible about the truthfulness of it or otherwise, you become the victim and slave of such falsehood. The people, who are not on the right side of humanity, indulge in such kind of activities that lead to social conflicts and strifes, apart from personal damages. I strongly urge you to question the authenticity of information before you believe in it or share it and become a responsible part of the society.

Secondly, the information itself is of no use or consequence unless it is processed. Information is like a heap of bricks and only when you arrange these bricks in proper manner bound by cement it becomes a beautiful house. Therefore, whenever you imbibe any information you need to analyse it. And the best device that doesn’t cost you any money and is always with you is your own brain to analyse or process the information. This is the best processing device ever created on this planet. Whatever progress that humanity has made so far is the outcome of the processing of information and making use of it. Therefore, don’t stop at the point of receiving the information. You should train your brain to think about it, correlate it with other information and make sense of it as your personal opinion. This is the first step of becoming a creative person. All the successful people are basically creative in their sphere of activity. This will increase your intellectual capacity progressively. Of course, by being just an intellectual person is not enough, however, simultaneously, you have to be wise to deploy this intelligence to achieve definite objectives in life.

So, let’s decide to sift the information for its truthfulness, think over it creatively and make use of it in a tangible and useful purpose. Make this as a habit to pave way for becoming a great personality of the future.

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Save the girl child

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Public Lectures & Experience Sharing

Mahesh Zagade xIAS

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(xPrincipal Secretary to Government of Maharashtra)A Brief Introduction

For Mahesh, it had been a wonderful and enriching journey for of about 37 years in Government and with a multinational company. On the way, he could gather insights into diverse subjects ranging from research and development, Public & Corporate Administration, Revenue, Agriculture, Rural Development, Urbanization and Urban Development, Renewable Energy, Energy Conservation, Sustainability & Environment Protection, Education, Medicines, Health Sector, Food, Water and Soil Conservation, Agri-processing , Finance, Transport, Disaster Prevention & Management, mega events management like Kumbhmela , Industrial Strategy, Sustainable business Plans to name a few.

Apart from this, Mahesh has been a captivating and engaging speaker. The public speaking has been a matter of passion for him and he has motivated and stirred the minds of youth to explore themselves for higher endeavors and happiness through a series of lectures on futuristic innovations, confidence building, disruptive Innovations, general motivation for success and a plethora of other subjects. He has been invited to many Corporate, Trade, social, academic, research, legal, associations and apex bodies for rich and quality dialogue and interactive sessions as well as a keynote speaker. He is sharing his unique experience, vision and knowledge to almost all segments of the society, including corporate, farmers, students, government officials, people’s representatives, health professionals, academic etc through lectures and specifically organized meetings.

In India, he is known for his no nonsense administrative demeanor as he had successfully taken on very powerful lobbies without getting pressurized or bowing to any threats. This makes his astounding life story a spellbinding experience to listen to and this itself is a major motivator for many. Many of his administrative actions have left a positive indelible mark on the well being of the people. A recently published novel in Marathi titled Red Tape depicts his kind of socially relevant and daring administrative career.

Some of the Topics he speaks on…

Motivation

Disruptive Innovations

Future of the businesses

Urbanization

Urban Planning

Smart city

Effective Governance

Transparent Governance

Democracy and current global scenario

Transformation of global economy

Societal strategies for elimination of corruption

Governments…. Failure and how to improvise their performance

1. Central Government

2. State Government

3. Local Self Governments

Rational use of medicines

Hazards of indiscriminate use of medicines and solutions

Secure food quality for better health

Prevent Diabetes and management of weight

Agriculture

Disruption in Corruption

Lead a happy life

Emergence of urbanized world

Glimpses of internal functioning in the Administration

Glimpses of internal functioning in the Government

Drug and cosmetic law for medical professionals

Demystification Land laws

Failure of land laws and way ahead

A better future

Fourth Industrial Revolution… Implications and Future-ready strategies

Demystification of Governance

Instant Achhe Din…without new welfare programs or laws or additional funds

Climate Change

Renewable Energy

Energy Conservation

Sustainability and Environment Protection

Food laws for food industry

Drug laws for pharmaceutical industry

Cohesive society

Tobacco free world

Healthy body and healthy mind

Pharmacy profession

Public Health

Government policies for Public Health

Education

Pollution Control

Water Conservation

Solid Waste Management

Issues and remedies for Farmers’s suicides

Pubic Transport

Women Empowerment

Sexual Harassment at Public Places

Urban Reforms

Child Abuse

Transport Laws

Ethics

Distortion of Democracy and its Restoration

Creation of new governance Units in Urban Areas

A better society in 21st Century

Contact

WhatsApp: 9921007558

Mail zmahesh@hotmail.com

mahesh.Alpha@gmail.com

officeofmaheshzagade@gmail.com

http://www.maheshzagade.org

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Who are the best and most honest police, IAS, IPS, CBI officers or judges of India?

Still have a question? Ask your own!

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Venkatesh Shunmugham, Consultant

Answered Oct 30 2016

There are still many honest officers who people are yet not aware of. One of those is Mr. Mahesh Zagade.

He is currently the CEO of Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority(PMRDA). I had personally met him and when there was so much injustice happening to us he was the person we trusted on.

He must have surely done a lot for the society but few of which came out public were :-

As the head of Food and Drugs Administration. When he was the chief of Food and Drugs Administration he has been instrumental in banning gutkha and pan masala in the state of Maharashtra for three years in a row. Also, he has taken strict action on errant chemists operating without pharmacists, or selling medicines without prescriptions played a major role in cracking down on internet pharmacy rackets since the start of his tenure. State FDA had seized and prohibited illegal trade of addictive prescription drugs worth crores , like anti-depressants and sex boosters – sildenafil citrate. The drugs were being illegally exported to Japan, Western Europe and other countries, without prescriptions.

His work on the ban of tobacco-related products was recognized by World Health Organization, for which he was given a global award. “Zagade has been the only officer in the past 60 years who has worked on patient welfare, care and safety as his foremost concern,” said YP Yajurvedi Rao, president, Society for Awareness of Civil Rights. Zagade, in his tenure as the FDA Commissioner had cancelled more than 3,000 licenses because the chemists were selling medicine without recruiting full time pharmacists.

Zagade had taken action against Johnson & Johnson. “Johnson & Johnson had license to manufacture baby powder at Mulund plant. The company was following the process of steam sterilization. During internal investigations in 2007, the company found that some of the batches had very high-micro flora and therefore the company decided to sterilize those batches again. However, the baby powder was packed in the containers, The company decided to sterilize with ethylene oxide for which the standard operating process was not submitted to FDA. Johnson & Johnson should have strictly followed stipulated norms.”

His anti-corrupt nature and implementing the laws led to his departure from FDA after completing three years. Mahesh Zagade held a mirror to his staff in a farewell letter that underlined how corruption was deep-rooted in the department. His stormy three-year tenure ended with amid protests and speculations of the chief minister’s office giving in to pressure from chemists and wholesalers. Zagade did not mince words in his two-page letter and said that it was a daunting task to change the mindset of a few officers serving the department, which “had been steered on the wrong path for far too long“.

Through the letter, he said how he had found out to his “shattering astonishment, a masterly acquired deception…to scuttle basic provisions of the statutes in such a manner that the society remains unaware of the catastrophic effects of non-implementation of legal provisions“.

Zagade went to the extent of saying he was afraid the department will crawl back to its corrupt self. “I fear that things might go back to pre-2011 phenomena,“ he wrote. He also lashed out at FDA officers who termed his way of functioning as authoritarian and termed it as “administrative terrorism“.

He even spoke of having faced humiliation and personal abuse on internet, blogs and even threats to life.

As the Transport commissioner. Zagade had tried to reform the murky sector by banning agents who act as a conduit between license seekers and officials in RTOs, and cracking down on officers involved in malpractices, like allowing overloading by transport vehicles and graft.This resulted in transferring out as the transport commissioner just eight months into the posting.

How ‘Dabangg’ transport chief was shunted out – Mumbai Mirror –

Currently he is the head of PMRDA and under his jurisdiction I am sure things will happen according to the rules and regulations. Besides he is a good human being and hears to everyone’s grievances personally. We need more people like him in our country.

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An old news item in Indian Express

Indian Express Nashik
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Map for lost cities
In 2003 Nashik collector Mahesh Zagade broke its biggest land scandal, exposing the dark underbelly of development. Today, Nashik shows the country how to build a city
Anuradha Nagaraj
Nashik
THE Nashik
collector likes a fresh flower arrangement on his desk every few days. He also likes to strictly adhere to the law. While the fresh flowers have been no problem, Mahesh Zagade’s ‘‘go by the rule book’’ anthem has unearthed a multi-crore land scandal, brought black magic to his doorstep and exposed the underbelly of urban development.
‘‘For the first time in the annals of history, there is foreign funding for urban centric development,’’ the bespectacled collector begins. ‘‘There is exponential growth expected in cities across the country as the highways come up and money pours in. This is the time to take a step back before it is too late. And Nashik is the best example to learn from.’’
Zagade knows what he’s talking about. Four hours on an under construction four-lane highway from Mumbai is one of India’s fastest growing urban centres. Known for hosting the traditional Kumbh Mela every 12 years and simultaneously speeding down the development highway with an annual growth rate of over five per cent, Nashik is waiting for its chance to grow up to become a ‘‘megacity’’.
In the race to cash in on the saturation of cities like Mumbai and Pune, Nashik has set a punishing pace for itself — expanding infrastructure, marketing its wine, kick starting its airport and making sure it is on the chosen list of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal mission.
On the surface, the city seems to be doing fine. Like all other ambitious small cities across the country, the Nashik skyline is also dotted with haphazard construction, its streets littered with malls and multiplexes. As it opens up to MNCs, in the narrow bylanes of the old city, the kirana store still flourishes.
But below the promising surface, a bubbling cauldron of corruption, deceit and deception was making Nashik’s megacity ride a very bumpy one. And as residents watched, their ‘‘pilgrim city’’ was threatening to turn into a monstrosity they didn’t really want.
IT all began in the ’90s and slowly spiralled out of control. It was during the mad rush of the Kumbh Mela in 2003, a few months after Zagade took charge, that an innocuous meeting with a builder first exposed the darkside of development.
‘‘During those hectic days, I had a visitor who wanted some permission regarding land,’’ Zagade remembers. ‘‘Without giving me much of a chance to react, he started talking big money and caught my attention.’’
And then companies started applying to him for permission to convert agricultural land into non-agricultural (NA) land. Going by the book, Zagade started rejecting the applications, stating that only farmers were allowed to buy agricultural land.
Alarmed builders barged into his office, demanding an explanation, offering bribes and threatening dire consequences.
‘‘Seeing their desperation, I started digging deeper,’’ Zagade says. ‘‘And I quickly realised that for almost 10 years, all land laws in Nashik had been on holiday. Every rule had been broken and every law twisted to help a handful of people buy property worth crores in the city.’’
As the district collectorate started investigating suspicious land deals, they found a ‘‘systematic failure of the revenue department’’ and about 350 companies were found to have prima facie involvement. These companies were floated by land sharks to acquire agricultural or reserved land for commercial purposes.
In the last 30 years, about 300 cases of serious irregularities in transfer of agricultural land have been detected. In most of the cases, private companies have bought agricultural land in violation of rules, while in some cases, land reserved for public purposes has been illegally transferred to builders.
TIPS FOR A PLANNED TOMORROW
Tips for a planned tomorrow
HAVING battled the collective might of the builder lobby and politicians, Zagade has now written to Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, asking his government to review the Maharashtra Land code. In his proposal, Zagade has recommended a far-sighted approach and a law that clearly defines ownership rights. And most importantly, he has asked for the law to be written in simple language, so that even a farmer is clear on his or her property rights.In one of the most audacious violations, a prime plot of land reserved for building a new complex for various government offices in the city was cut into plots and sold by a private builder. As the inquiry progressed, it showed that besides buying up land and pushing real estate prices up, the land mafia had also evaded stamp duty worth crores, left behind hundreds of landless farmers with little money in hand and ensured that planned growth remains a dream for the city.
Almost two years into the land scam probes, Zagade continues to get threats. On two occasions, his house has been broken into. The third time round, black magic voodoo dolls, each one with a needle sticking in it, were left at his doorstep.
BUT that hasn’t stopped Zagade’s zeal or the city’s growth. ‘‘Nashik has become an eye-opener for others,’’ says Zagade, self-indulgently. At a time when bulldozers are razing down buildings in Delhi and the course of the Mithi river is being debated in Mumbai, Nashik is putting its building blocks together.
After the Nashik land scandal broke, the administration got cracking. The district collectorate started boldly stamping ‘‘illegal transaction’’ on all 7/12 rights of record documents. It also gave farmers the right to buy back land they had sold to industries. All stamp duty evasions were brought under the scanner and heavy fines imposed on defaulters.
To ensure that the accused did not slip through some legal loophole, collector Zagade used the knowledge he had gained during his stint in the Law and Judiciary department to successfully argue the cases in court.
Over 16,000 cases, where NA approvals were given by the government are being scrutinised again to check whether the permission to convert agricultural land into non-agricultural land was correctly given. Is Amitabh Bachchan a farmer? And if he is not then can he buy agricultural land (he owns land near Pune)? These questions were thrown up during the Nashik land scam investigations and have initiated a nation-wide debate. In Nashik, the government has appointed a special tehsildar to look into all such cases and submit a report.
Often invited to speak on land laws, Zagade’s only tip is ‘‘follow the law’’. ‘‘Government officials have permitted the chaos in Mumbai and Delhi to build up. Now they want to break it down. My question is, why allow the illegalities in the first place?’’
And the answer to that, Zagade believes, holds the key to planned development of tomorrow’s megacities.
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=87710
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IMG_3275Mahesh Zagade, IASx
Brief Intro

PROFESSION : Rtd. Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
( Batch:1993)

Educational Qualifications. : M. Sc. Phytopathology

TRAINING : Attended various short term and long
term training programmes in public administration in India and abroad including a course on Leadership and Change Management

Awards: 1. International:
Recipient of
World Health Organisation
International No Tobacco Day
Award-2014

2: National:
a.National Gold Award
for e-Governance 2012-13.
b: President’s Silver Medal
for Census 2011

Current Activities:

 

It had been a wonderful and enriching journey of of 37 years in Government and with a multinational company. On the way, I could gather insights into diverse subjects ranging from research and development, Public & Corporate Administration, Revenue, Agriculture, Rural Development, Urbanization and Urban Development, Renewable Energy, Energy Conservation, Sustainability & Environment Protection, Education, Medicines, Health Sector, Food, Water and Soil Conservation, Agri-processing , Finance, Transport etc to name a few.

Apart from this, it has been a passion for me to motivate young minds through series of lectures on futuristic innovations, confidence building, disruptive Innovations, general motivation for success and happiness and plethora of other subjects.

I have started sharing my experience, vision and knowledge to almost all segments of the society including corporates, farmers, students, government officials, people’s representatives, health professionals, academics etc through lectures and specifically organised meetings. I am surprised to get overwhelming response for this kind of engagement with a variety of stakeholders.

Through this message, I am making it public that I will be available for such public lectures or workshops or seminars or meetings and I’m also offering consultation in the above mentioned topics.

You may contact me on my personal mail :

 

 

zmahesh@hotmail.com

 

Consultations in a large number of sectors.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE :

A. PUBLIC SECTOR

1. Principal Secretary to Government of Maharashtra,( March-May, 2018)

Administrative Reforms, Organisation & Methods,

General Administration Department,

Mantralaya, Mumbai-400 032

1B. Divisional Commissioner, Nashik Division & Metropolitan Commissioner, Nashik Metropolitan Region Development Authority  

1C. Metropolitan Commissioner & CEO, PMRDA

To plan and develop Pune Metropolitan region(~7000 sq kms) as an international premium Investment Destination by adopting development parameters to make this region with one of the highest liveable indices, lowest per capita energy intensity, walk to work city culture, improvement in local ecosystem, improved governance system to achieve highest ease of doing business.

Designation. : Transport Commissioner,
Maharashtra
(6/9/2014-15/5/2015)
The Transport sector in the country is one of the backbones of happiness index of the people and economic health of the society. The Transport Commissioner is responsible to secure proper implementation of the Motor Vehicle and allied acts to secure intended objectives of providing services to the citizens pertaining to driving licenses and registration of vehicles as is generally perceived. It was my endeavour to implement the statutes to minimise road accident deaths, to minimise unproductive time spent by citizens on road, to eliminate corruption by wide ranging administrative reforms, to eliminate the age old practice of touts, to provide hundred percent services online and to reduce footfall in RTO offices to zero.
The above objective achieved to a great extent within a short span of 8 months. The department experienced a revolution in the work culture and was appreciated by the citizens.

2. Designation : COMMISSIONER,
FOOD AND DRUGS ADMINISTRATION and
COMMISSIONER OF FOOD SAFETY, MAHARASHTRA.

(30.08.2011-5.08.2014)

The FDA had been besieged with age old system that masterly acquired deception chiselled with sharpness of raw skill to scuttle basic provisions of the statutes in such a manner that the society remained blissfully unaware of catastrophic effects of non-implementation of basic legal provisions. It was nothing less than a disastrous failure of epic proportion of task assigned by the Parliament. And all this happened in spite of the fact that the Report of Justice Lentin Commission enumerated these pitfalls and suggested corrective measures 24 years ago. I tried to reform the administrative machinery. This daunting task to reorient the organisation, change the mindset and get the objective achieved from the same official machinery that had been steered on wrong path for far too long , by those who were on the helm of affairs. Also endeavoured to impress upon the officials that “the level of corruption is inversely proportionate to the level of implementation of law” and the implementation of law in FDA was dismally lowland not many were willing to follow the new regime of law implementation as it reduced opportunities of corruption and termed the new initiative of administrative reforms as ” administrative terrorism” and tried every trick of trade to thwart the people centric effort.
The basic purpose and objective of creation of this organisation, as the Regulator, is nothing less than protection of human life, not only of current generation but also of the future generations .
This orientation was secured by strict 360 degrees implementation of law for uninterrupted supply of affordable quality drugs with necessary counselling of pharmacists to avoid adverse drug reactions, organ failures, deaths , drug resistance , protection of people from drug addictions etc. Also tried to dismantle three decade old monopoly of drug trade associations all across the country that affected common consumers and patients.
Unwary and gullible public fall prey to various objectionable advertisement pertaining to drugs, broadcast on various TV channels in electronic and print media. Took effective steps to curb such advertisements by lodging FIR, prosecuting offenders. This has resulted in considerable reduction in no. of advertisement presently being telecast in print and electronic media.
Young population of the society gets addicted to opiate like drugs such as Codeine Phosphate etc. The menace is controlled to a great extent by taking stern and exemplary action against distributors and Retailers engaged in sell of drugs without bill, without proper prescription.
The objective of drug testing is to remove NSQ drug from the market. The system for recall, withdraw of Not of Standard Quality, Banned Drugs has been put in place, thereby ensuring availability of standard quality drug to the common public.
Effectively geared up state machinery for transition of prevention of Food Adulteration Act and other allied acts to Food Safety and Standard Act 2006. Took major initiative in creating additional infrastructure in the department for implementation of Food Safety Standards Act 2006. Gutkha, Pan Masala, flavored/scented tobacco and Areca nut were consumed by a very large population which was associated with development of mouth cancers and many other conditions and diseases. This menace was brought to an end by imposing prohibition against these products to ensure healthy society. In the process, seized such products worth ₹ 36 Crores, a largest quantity than combine actions all over the country. The prohibition was challenged in Hon. High court as well as Hon. Supreme Court, however, these courts refused to grant stay to prohibition orders as voluminous research data on ill effects of tobacco and Areca nut on human body was presented to these courts .The new Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 was enacted with such a vigour that Maharashtra led the country in its implementation during last three years. In fact, Maharashtra achieved laurel of registration/licensing of 26% of the Country’s total work. A precise document mandating Model Prescription Guidelines to avoid prescription errors/adverse drug reactions, to prevent drug resistance and to give access to affordable generic medicines was issued for the first time in India.
Functioning of the department is improved by taking several administrative measures like introducing accountability for each and every officer, introducing system of monthly monitoring, creating Head Quarter for monitoring state activities and taking deterrent and exemplary action against corrupt and non performing officers. Maharashtra has gained supremacy at the national level due to role FDA’ work and initiatives during last three years.

3. Designation : MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER,
PUNE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION.
(12.05.2009 – April 2011 )

Introduced administrative reforms to make the municipal administration responsive vibrant and transparent. To name a few initiatives in this regard, entire municipal record was made available to any citizen from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00p.m. on every Monday as a further step of RTI Act, an RTI library was established building permission & all other permissions process were not only accelerated but was made least cumbersome. Infrastructure projects like “signal free cities” mass transit projects like Metro, Mono Rail, riverside free way, water supply reforms etc. were takes up to make Pune one of the most livable cities.

4. Designation : DIRECTOR GENERAL
MAHARASHTRA ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY PUNE

Job Description:
As the Director General of MEDA, gave enormous boost to green energy projects like wind mills, biomass energy, wave energy. Also conceptualised implemented venture capital scheme for giving boost to investment in this sector. Green Energy marketing was mainstreamed through RPO implementation. Energy conservative scheme were designed to bring down energy consumption in a structured manner, energy audit was promoted as major saving tool in all the sectors of economy as well as domestic sector. The MEDA bagged many awards for all these efforts.

5 Designation : Collector and District Magistrate, Nashik

Job Description:
An Administrative Head of Nashik District of Maharashtra state responsible to perform various functions as Head of the Revenue Administration, to discharge statutory functions as District Magistrate, including maintenance of Law and Order; to maintain communal harmony; to co-ordinate with all other State and Central Agencies in the district; to function as the Secretary to the District Planning Committee and to monitor execution and progress of Annual Plans; to handle natural calamities, society to implement EGS; to conduct elections to Legislative Assembly / Council / Parliament and local Self Govt. bodies and to manage Mega Event of KUMBHAMELA.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT:

Management of Kumbhmela 2003:

The management of KUMBHMELA is considered to be in the league of management of International Mega Events, requiring ultimate test of managerial skills, focused leadership & highest level of patience and above all dedication to convert the assignment into assured success.

The Kumbhmela was planned and managed on the principles of Six Sigma principle which was acclaimed at National and International level by Management Experts, Media, General Public and above all the Sadhus.

In order to give boost to the district G.D.P., ambitious annual credit plans of Rs. 1600 to 2000 Crores, largest of its kind in the country were implemented for three years in Nashik. The Banks were encouraged and motivated to draw this largest ever plan in the country and the same was implemented in toto. This has resulted in achievement of an impressive rate of growth of about 9% to 13% during the three year.

The communally hyper sensitive Malegaon town, hitherto know for abrupt eruptions of communal violence was kept totally trouble free by activating peace committees and through innovative measures. The result was a calm and quiet Malegaon even during communally explosive situation in other parts of the country.
The activities of labour unions were tackled with ultra seriousness to avoid any industrial unrest. This paid excellent dividend in the form of total industrial peace.

A massive water conservation campaign under the guidance of Divisional Commissioner was launched to increase water availability in the district by involving all Government departments as well as the N.G.Os, local self Government bodies and the citizens. Water conservation structures worth about Rs. 2.50 Crores were created through voluntary work of the people.

In order to raise Human Development Index in the district, development in the agriculture sector was considered to be imperative as more than 65% population depended on the Primary Sector (Agriculture); however, in contrast, the contribution of this sector to the district G.D.P. was only 19%. In view of this skewed economic position, development in the Primary Sector through synergy of efforts in the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products was taken up on the top most priority. As a result, 21 new wineries came to be established in the district within a short span of three years. Efforts were also undertaken to brand the agricultural produce for better return and possibilities were explored to established agro processing units in the district on a large scale.

An institutional, organized network established and operated over a period of a decade by some unscrupulous land developers to avail illegal gains through systematic violations of most of the property related State and Central enactments by adopting ingenious means was unearthed and process to establish corrective measures was initiated, much to the displeasure of the elements having vested interest. This has not just helped to re-establish rule of law in the Revenue matters but also has helped increasing faith of the public in Nashik in the Government machinery and helped in stopping massive evasion of Government dues. This has been highly appreciated by common man and media as well. Government has assured CID inquiry in this matter and was congratulated on the floor of Assembly for this work.

The impending disaster likely to be caused due to unprecedented heavy rains and floods was successfully prevented by on the spot decisions regarding controlled release of water from the reservoirs with perfect co-ordinations with the Irrigation Department. This yielded absolutely astounding results as when, other Districts with similar rainfall pattern were facing serious crises and loss of life and property due to rains and floods, Nashik remained totally free of loss of life and property or for that matter free from any disruption of life.

The District is predominantly having agrarian base of economy and has more than 50% area designated as drought prone area. On this background, irrigation forms, backbone of the district economy. During the year 13500 MCFT overflow water which, otherwise would have flown out of the district was utilized for recharge of table in the drought prone area without spending a single Rupee. Because of this, water level increased by one to three meters in this locality. As a result 17,000 Hectares of additional land was brought under additional irrigation during the year. This, in other words was a novel concept of utilizing water resources to strengthen the agricultural economy without constructing new Dams and without incurring any expenditure. This is the single most outstanding achievement during the reporting year.

Nashik district is one of the five districts identified by Hon. High Court where malnutrition amongst children between 0 to 6 years is a higher compared to other parts of the State. Hence, a massive intensive programme right from monitoring age of girls at marriage, registration of all pregnant women, regular check up of pregnant women for weight gain, 100% registration of children between 0 to 6 years of age, assured supply of supplementary nutrition and heads. To raise economic status of these families assured work through EGS was made available. With this, outstanding results could be achieved and IMR was reduced from 25.14% to 21.43%. The number of Grade III and Grade IV children was reduced from 994 to 534.

6. Designation : Chief Executive Officer,
Zilla Parishads (Sindhudurg and Solapur)
Job Description:
An Administrative Head of a geographical unit responsible for implementation of development schemes.

Major Tasks Accomplished:

Introduced the concept of Right to Information for the first time in the State in 1998 in Sindhudurg district, four years before enactment of Right to information Act in 2002 by the Govt. This path breaking effort was highly acclaimed by the local people as they realized the power of information for the first time.
A novel grievance redressal mechanism was evolved and implemented to address the complaints / petitions with effective and in a time bound manner.
An organic link was established to empower the grass root elected functionaries through constitution of Sarpanch Committees. All the Govt. machinery at local level was made accountable to these committees.
Launched an ambitious Administrative Reforms programme, which was inaugurated by the then Chief Secretary of the State. The programme, inter-alia, focused mainly on promoting accountable, transparent people oriented administrative culture. The same was replicated by the Govt. in other districts also.
Completed survey of below-poverty line families in Sindhudurg ahead of all other districts in the state.
All the Village Panchayat bodies in Sindhudurg / Solapur were made accountable to every household by making their functioning absolutely transparent.
With a view to promoting quality education in Solapur, “Parents Organizations” were created at the village level to supervise functioning of the school.
A massive exercise was undertaken to minimize leakages in the administrative set-up, which ultimately led to unearthing of the infamous channel and needle scam in Solapur, the investigation of which was ultimately handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Home Department : Held various posts at the State Head Quarter.

B) Private Sector

Plant Pathologist( ICI’s Alchemie Research Centre)

Job Description:

As a head of the unit with over all responsibility to commission research project. Responsible for:

to screen Indian flora for its biological activity; to conceptualize efficient methodology for research projects; to develop commercial model for mass scale manufacturing of these products and to provide Managerial Leadership for all these activities
to coordinate with other research team at international level.

Tasks Accomplished:

Established sophisticated laboratory with tissue culture facilities and state of the art Green House for field trials.
Designed laboratory model to undertake genetic engineering research projects
Developed highly sensitive method to screen phythochemicals for their biological activities using less than 250 ppm micro quantity of these chemicals. This resulted in enormous saving in the resources and the time required completing the testing cycle.
Successfully developed two very promising chemicals having commercial applications
The organization awarded its International Incentive Award for product development for the year 1982-83.
The association with the multi national company, the then world leader In chemicals provided an excellent opportunity to acquire rich experience in corporate management especially the experience in HRD, Finance and R&D. The frequent interaction with similar research stations located in seven different countries provided a glimpse in the functioning of international managerial community.

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