Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar is an IAS (retd.), from Punjab Cadre [Batch of 1983]. As a member of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he has held key positions at various levels of Government from policy, planning and analysis at federal level to implementation and management of reforms, business process re-engineering and pro-poor development programs at grassroots (1983-2021). His core experience is in public policy, planning, governance and public administration, focusing on formulation and implementation of public policies and programs involving management of finances and project, planning and implementation. He has negotiated, formulated and implemented national policies, plans, programs and externally assisted (World Bank & UN) programs of primary education and Water Supply and Sanitation. He has dealt with key governance issues in matters concerning agriculture, cooperation, education, power, industries, tax and economic administration, water resources, Water Supply and Sanitation, Urban Local Government intra-state and inter-governmental coordination as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister from December 2003 to March 2007 and Chief Principal Secretary from March 2017 to September 2021.

Digital Push to Agriculture is Unavoidable

The Digital Revolution(DR) has accelerated growth and created new jobs, facilitating speedier globalisation and poverty reduction. The advent of new technologies has encouraged GVCs that contribute a significant share of GDP. The economic interdependence of countries has also increased despite apprehensions and reservations of the Less Developed Countries (LDCs).  Digital innovations have impacted all sectors …

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The Pandemic Unveils the Politics of Expertise

The pandemic COVID-19 unleashed a global crisis that pressed for expertise more than ever before.  Virologists, epidemiologists, and other health scientists were hunted all across the nations to reframe health policies to cater to the requirements of the pandemic.  And, their formulations to contain the coronavirus remained unchallenged.  The epistemic authority of experts justified restrictive …

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Leveraging Bureaucracy for Effective Public Service Delivery

The Constitution of India divides the government into three branches – namely, the Legislature, Executive, and the Judiciary, with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Legislature is responsible for law- making, and the executive takes care of policymaking and its execution. The public policies are elaborated and implemented through laws, rules, and regulations subject to review …

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Defining Sustainability

The United Nations (UN) adopted 17-Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. All members of the UN including India are committed to these global goals.  The SDGs are inextricably intertwined for the holistic development of communities and nations and aim to achieve prosperous and peaceful living for human beings, ensuring food, nutrition, and health security for …

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Defining Public Policy: deepen understanding of true essence

Public policy aberrations are more discerning these days.  Some of these are evidence-based, but often these are unsubstantiated and ill-informed. The recent debate on agriculture policy that led to the repeal of farm laws, and data privacy protection due to interception of personal data through PEGASUS, etc., were observed across many countries. In Punjab, the …

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