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Webinar | Rethinking Governance and Bureaucracy for a Post-Covid India

Ms. Vini Mahajan, IAS | Chief Secretary to the Government of Punjab | January 16, 2021 | Saturday | 5:00 - 6:00 pm IST

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13 January, 2021 | 4 min read

The Ashoka Distinguished Policy Speaker Series cordially invites you to a distinguished webinar by Ms. Vini Mahajan IAS, the Chief Secretary to the Government of Punjab on January 16, 2021 (Saturday).  She will be delivering the talk on –  Rethinking Governance and Bureaucracy for a Post-Covid India. Date: January 16, 2021 (Saturday)Time: 05:00-06:00 pm IST

Link for registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5116102018291/WN_93jAAsZiTNauaQWfqZYfGw


India’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore, the essential role of the state and its officials. Civil Servants, across the country, handled unprecedented circumstances with renewed vigour, some even losing their lives. From administering the lockdowns to vaccination drives, the bureaucratic personnel of India has been active and will continue to be involved in ensuring that the crisis is handled in the best possible manner. The pandemic presents us with challenges of rising unemployment, falling state revenue and a shrinking economy which act as systemic constraints to good governance and effective administration. Moreover, the fallout of the social development machinery threatens to disproportionately affect the weakest sections of our society. The State’s resurgence in such a situation will play a defining role in consolidating not only it’s regional position but also its place in the international order. While the Covid pandemic has posed many unprecedented challenges for the bureaucracy, it also presents a unique opportunity to bring in some long-pending reforms to make governments more responsive and efficient, as the pandemic laid it bare all.  

Speaker’s Bio

A 1987 Batch IAS officer, Ms Vini Mahajan is presently Chief Secretary Punjab, the highest-ranking bureaucratic official in the state, who is also the first woman in Punjab to hold this post. She has held various prominent positions at both the centre and the state and worked across various key sectors such as investment promotion, industries and commerce, urban governance, IT, public grievances and governance reforms. Ms Mahajan has served in the Prime Ministers Office during the tenure of Dr Manmohan Singh from 2005 to 2012.Ms Mahajan was part of the core team of the central government that put together India’s domestic response, during and following the global financial meltdown. In addition to her many achievements, she has been playing a crucial role in steering the Punjab government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis as chairperson of the Health Sector Response and Procurement Committee. Ms Mahajan has received various accolades including the Satyen Maitra Memorial National Literacy Award for successfully carrying out a Total Literacy Campaign in Ropar, and the National Prize for outstanding achievement in popularising the Mahila Samriddhi Yojana, a scheme for women’s empowerment and encouragement of saving as a habit as its twin objectives. The distinguished lecture will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. 

Link for Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5116102018291/WN_93jAAsZiTNauaQWfqZYfGw  

We look forward to hosting you. For any questions, comments or suggestion please write to us @Ashoka Distinguished Policy Speaker Series 

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