June 10, 2021

Decentralisation and social mobilisation during the second wave of COVID-19

In this article for Firstpost, Vibhav Mariwala and Kadambari Shah show how some states in India empowered local administrations and encouraged civil society particpation to successfully flatten the second wave of the pandemic.


Excerpts from the article:


"The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s approach to battle the virus combined decentralisation and public empowerment... At the state level, Uddhav Thackeray delegated the control of the city to IS Chahal, Mumbai’s municipal commissioner, even though the chief minister has the power to override his decisions during a declared emergency."


"These experiences are analogous to Kerala’s in the first wave. Kerala mobilised resources and manpower and empowered local administrations, which built state capacity..."


"Maharashtra and Kerala are not the only states with success stories; recently, Delhi and other states/districts have also quickly turned a corner. Common themes in their responses have been some combination of the three elements outlined: decentralisation, institutional reform, and community mobilisation."


Read the full article here

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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