Date01 June 2018
Published date01 June 2018
Subject MatterEditorial
The articles in this issue are marked by quite a diversity of issues. The opening
article by Partha Pratim Mitra explores the complex relationship between skilling
and employability in India with special reference to the state of West Bengal. With
a good deal of data, the author pinpoints that the demand and supply mismatch is
crucial to this problem in India and West Bengal. He goes on to conclude:
The policy thrust will have to go beyond mere certication of skill-sets through the
various sector skill councils, which seems to be the focus at present, but it must gradu-
ate to active developmental work which involves identication of training partners.
The active role of the industry is required which at present is not very forthcoming.
[This] would not only strengthen and implement the Labour-Market information
system (LMIS) which seeks to map the skill requirements for each industry but would
also give a llip to the entire process of creating a skilled labour force keeping in view
the requirements of each industry.
The second piece by Navreet Kaur, Ravneet Kaur and Anshul Bhatia presents a
case study of the attempt of the Government of Haryana to introduce the system
of ICT-enabled land administration in the state. After a comprehensive review of
definitions of ‘land administration’, the authors deal with the major state sector’s
missions mode ICT-enabled projects, such as Property Registration/Haryana
Land Registration Information System (HALRIS) under a single unified database,
an integrated-HALRIS software product which has a complete solution for
management of land records in the state, and e-DISHA project. Following the
descriptive details of the projects, the authors go on to report on a sample survey
of 100 purposively and conveniently selected sample—fifty each from Ambala
and Panchkula districts. Their awareness about the e-DISHA project and its district
centre, provision of information to citizens about the documents to be attached
with applications, availability of forms in Hindi, time taken in service delivery,
reasonableness of fees, transparency, problems faced and redressal of grievances,
etc., are reported in tabular and graphic forms. The authors are, by and large, posi-
tive in their conclusions: ‘It has been found that ICT has made land administration
simpler and transparent; the accessibility of land records online and easy access to
e-DISHA Centres is the strength of land governance mechanism.’
In the third article, Meghna Sabharwal and Ariel Arguelles present a compre-
hensive and critical evaluation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health
Care Act of 2010 signed into law by President Barack Obama (Democrat), one
of the most significant initiatives in the field of health care since the post-War
Indian Journal of Public
64(2) vii–ix
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