22 September, 2020

A bureaucrat delegates authority to make the system work

A bureaucrat delegates authority to make the system work
Satish Chandra is an IAS officer on a mission—to involve more ordinary people in governance. Currently the district collector of East Godavari in coastal Andhra Pradesh, Chandra has initiated several innovations to put ordinary people at the helm of affairs.

The six-decade-old, government-run Rangaraya Medical Hospital-cum-medical college is a case in point. Dilapidated and ill-equipped till some years ago, it has transformed itself into a referral centre with state-of-the-art medical equipment under Chandra's chairmanship. It helped that the doctors were put in charge of their departments—even while raising funds for the latest equipment, or for market surveys and while negotiating prices with manufacturing companies. He even managed donations for a German-made cat-scan machine. Chandra also introduced nominal user-charges with the decision to waive charges for the very poor left to the heads of the departments. "We are happy now professionally and want to build up our department," said Dr K. Shivshankar, head of the radiotherapy department.

"Getting funds...


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