Important Committees for UPSC
While preparing for UPSC, it is important to read the basic recommendations of various committees/commissions designed to serve the best interests of the governance of the nation. Today, we are going to discuss the few important committees for UPSC preparation. Remember, you don’t need to read the entire reports of the committees/commissions but you should have a rudimentary understanding of the purpose of the committee.
- The first and foremost important commission report is the Second Administrative Reforms Commission. Again, you don’t need to read the entire report but you should have a basic understanding of the recommendations given, especially in subjects/areas like ethics in governance, disaster management, local governance, public order, e-governance, right to information, etc. Please don’t try to master the report by trying to cover all the topics as you will end up wasting a lot of time. If possible, read the summaries available in the market.
- A second important report is of Sarkaria Commission which focuses on center-state relations. The report is very comprehensive, therefore, it is advisable to focus on the basic recommendations which are also available in Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, of course, unless you are preparing for Public Administration optional. Similarly, a more refined version i.e. the latest version of the Punchhi Commission Report is a polished version of issues related to center-state relations. It is advisable to read the summary of that report.
- There are other reports related to the financial management of the national resources which could give you a comprehensive guide to see how the budgetary resources must be managed in India. Reports of Narasimhan Commission on banking sector reforms and Vijay Kelkar Committee recommendations on fiscal consolidation provides realistic insights into this field.
- The last, but not the least, we are providing you a game-changer suggestion i.e. NITI Aayog’s latest report, released in November 2018 titled ‘Strategy for New India’ which focuses on your General Studies Paper II and Paper III. The topics are so well covered in such a crisp format that you would not need to read it selectively as it is almost a readymade answer for your Mains questions. We are betting huge on this report for Mains 2019 examination. Similarly, a report on ‘Best Practices of the State’ by NITI Aayog is also worth the read, especially for Public Administration students.
There is a catch here, you must be wondering that it would take up a huge amount of your time to read such reports of the committees. To make you feel any better, you don’t need to read the entire reports but selectively. You would get an extra-edge if you quote such reports in your answers as way-forward or suggestions. This would give an authoritative backing to your answers. Remember that the last report that we have mentioned i.e. NITI Aayog’s report on Strategy for New India 2022 becomes very important because it is the latest adventure in the governance of the country and complements the vision of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. We can see that many of the suggestions of the report are coming into reality today.
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