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Oct 24,2015 to Oct 25,2015
ISB Mohali Campus

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The Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business (ISB) successfully organized the ‘Expert Group Meeting on Regulating the Regulators’ on October 25, 2015 in Mohali. A total of 90 people participated in the deliberations. This included 40 participants of the Management Programme on Public Policy (MPPP) and 25 distinguished experts.


The main purpose of this Expert Group Meeting was to explore effective ways to make the regulators accountable for the purpose for which they were set up. The idea was to have a free-flowing discussion among experts and highly knowledgeable people. However, to set the ball rolling a few speakers were invited to provide perspectives on this topic from Indian and international experience. Mr Dan Chenok , Executive Director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government connected with the Expert group in Mohali from Washington, DC, via video conference and provided an overview of the regulatory mechanisms in USA and how American Regulators are held accountable.


Prof. Prajapati Trivedi, Senior Fellow (Governance) & Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at ISB chaired the expert group meeting. He took the discussion further by highlighting the Australian Government’s Model of Regulator Performance Framework (RPF) and opened the floor for a dialogue as to how the successful international approaches can be adapted and used for the Performance Management of existing Regulatory bodies in India. Participants were divided into several groups to address following key issues:


1.      Who is a regulator? Who is an independent regulator? What is meant by “independent” in this context? Should we deal with independent regulators only?

2.      How does one evaluate the performance of a regulator? Is “regulating the regulator’ same thing as ‘performance evaluation of regulator’? Each group was encouraged to adapt ideas from:

a.       Presentation by Dan Chenok, Executive Director off IBM Center for the Business of Government

b.      The Australian “Regulator Performance Framework”

c.       M&E approach of Results-Framework Document (RFD) for holding an organization accountable

3.      What could be an institutional mechanism for monitoring the performance? Who should monitor, and when (how frequently)?

4.      The way forward – what should be the next steps for this group

There was a wide spread agreement all experts that ‘regulatory failure’ is a major challenge Indian economy. Markets will not work well and deliver expected benefits unless this issue I address. The general consensus was that a combination of the Australian Regulator Performance Framework and Indian Results Framework Document (RFD) policy provide a suitable starting point for this effort. 

The experts who participated included members of the Bharti Institute’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) which comprised of former regulators, secretaries to government of India, chief secretaries of various states, and noted academicians. The experts who participated included Mr. JNL Srivastava, former Secretary Agriculture, GOI ; Mr. Rajan Kashyap, former Chief Secretary, Punjab; Mr. Anil Razdan, former Secretary Power, GOI; Ms. Radha Singh, Former Secretary Agriculture, GOI; Mr. V K Agnihotri, Former Secretary General,  Rajya Sabha; Mr. Pawan Chopra, Former Secretary , Information & Broadcasting, GOI; Mr. Arun Kumar Mago, Former Chief Secretary , Maharashtra; Mr. S P Jakhanwal, Former Secretary Coordination, Cabinet Secretariat ;Mr. Anil Kumar, Former Secretary  Textiles, GOI; Mr. Arun Kumar, Former Secretary Water Resources, GOI; Mr. Vinod Vaish , Former Secretary Telcom, GOI; Mr. Yogendra Narain, Former Secretary Defense , GOI; Prof. Aasha Kapur Mehta, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA); Mr. S M Jharwal, Former Chairman, IIPA; Mr. R P Aggarwal, Former Secretary HRD, GOI; Mr. Madhav Lal, Former Chief Secretary Jammu & Kashmir; Professor R K Mishra, Director, Institute of Public Enterprise; Ms. N Vasanti, Director General, Centre for Media Studies; Mr. B B Goel, Former Professor Public Administration Punjab University and Prof. B S Ghuman, Professor, Public Administration, Punjab University. The Meeting was attended by 40 students of the Management Programme in Public Policy Course (MPPP class of 2016) which includes mid-career Officers from the tier one civil services of India like IAS, IPS, IRS, IES, IPoS along with private sector managers. 

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