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Local Governance and Decentralization in Karnataka

A CASI Virtual Lecture

Uma Mahadevan
Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj, the Government of Karnataka
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 10:00

10:00 a.m. EDT / 7:30 p.m. IST

About the Speaker:
Uma Mahadevan is a senior civil servant in India, currently posted as Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj in the Government of Karnataka. She has worked in major sectors in the Central and State Government including planning, agriculture, education and health. Most recently, she has worked as Principal Secretary, Women & Child Development. She was a member of the working group that prepared Karnataka’s first Human Development Report.

About the Lecture:
The state of Karnataka has been an early frontrunner in decentralizing governance structures, devolving powers to local government institutions even prior to the 73rd Constitutional Amendment of India. How has this system of decentralized governance (Panchayati Raj) in Karnataka evolved since the 1980s? Using the examples of the Anganwadi program (Integrated Child Development Services Scheme) and COVID-19 management in rural areas, Ms. Mahadevan will discuss how decentralized governance can bring convergence across local state actors and stakeholders to reach the poorest who are often excluded from social welfare programs.

(Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the evening before the event)