About the Book :
The 2010 mega-scams created a crisis of trust in governance and the leadership. Seeking solutions, N. Vittal analyses the record of the institutions involved and traces the roots of the growing rot to the decline of accountability in public life, the lack overall of transparency in governance, besides general greed and decline in integrity. As a prominent insider in government for over four decades, he believes that greater transparency and use of technology and ensuring there is no alternative can reform our system. The curb on use of money power in state elections and the 2010 landmark judgement in the case of P.J. Thomass appointment as Central Vigilance Commissioner are such steps. Through greater application of Right to Information, strengthening of watchdog bodies like the judiciary or the Central Election Commission, and choosing people of integrity and commitment to man them, besides an alert civil society and media, Vittal is optimistic of achieving a clean India.
About the Author :
Belonging to the 1960 batch of the IAS, Gujarat cadre, N. Vittal was Secretary, IT (19901996) and later, Telecommunications (19931994) at a critical time. He initiated policies for software technology parks and was deeply involved in shaping the liberalization of the telecom sector. Post-retirement, he was chairman Public Enterprises Selection Board until 1998 and Central Vigilance Commissioner until 2002. Vittal has written on a wide range of issues relating to governance, management and IT and is author of fourteen books. He has a son, daughter and four grandchildren and lives with his wife in Chennai.