The concept of a welfare state isa noble one and it should also be all-encompassing including in its fold theoverall happiness, welfare, security and betterment of all the sections ofsociety”. These were the views aired by Addl. Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu, Mr.Jagmohan Singh Raju while releasing his book “Ramrajya- the people’s welfareState” at Lovely Professional University today. Lovely Group Chairman Sh RameshMittal & Mr Harish (IPS Officer), ASP Phagwara were present on this bookrelease today at LPU campus.
Mr. Raju said the welfare stateshould be evolved from being a mere concept to an ideology which mustconcentrate on various parameters like- general happiness, health, educationfor the sake of public welfare. He also said one of the most significantaspects of the welfare state concept is calculating gross national happinesssuch as is being practiced in countries like-Bhutan.
The book, based on doctoralresearch, is an attempt at bringing an enhanced understanding of the ongoingnational discourse on people’s aspirations for a welfare society and goodgovernance, what is commonly perceived as Ramrajya. The volume will be ofparticular interest to students and practitioners of political science, publicpolicy, development studies and governance, as the author IAS officer JagmohanSingh Raju in this study addresses some very interesting questions, such as:What is welfare, social justice, development and developmental Hindutva, Whatis a welfare state, What is the constitutional framework of Indian welfarestate and is it different from Ramrajya, How to measure delivery of people’swelfare or attainment of Ramrajya, When all states of India are governedand bound by the same constitution, then why one state performs differentlyfrom another in the delivery of people’s welfare, To what an extent Indiahas become a welfare state or Ramrajya and by when will India be a Ramrajya.
By addressing these questions the MrJagmohan Singh Raju adds a new perspective to the Indian welfare debateby: contextualizing it in reference to international discussion onsustainable welfare state; providing conceptual explanations of welfare,development, welfare state or Ramrajya besides evaluating their constitutionalcompatibility; developing a tangible framework of constitutionally acceptablemodel of people’s welfare state, inventing a meter to measure the level towhich a state has become a welfare state and finally providing leads onaccelerating the process of establishing welfare society across India.
Jagmohan Singh Raju is anacknowledged practitioner of ethical public policy and administration. Hejoined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1985 at the young age oftwenty-two years and, since then, has served the nation in various capacitiesin the Government of India and in the State of Tamil Nadu for over threedecades. He avowedly subscribes to excellence, measurable outcomes andaccountability in public service. He steered Saakshar Bharat, the new variantof the National Literacy Mission, from 2009-14. During this short period offive years, nearly twenty-five million adults, mostly women, dalits, rural poorand other marginalised sections of the society were made literate.