Book on capital cities launched in India

Rupak Chattopadhyay (left), Vice President of the Forum, with Prof. Kiran Walia, M C Gupta and VN Alok looking on as Forum’s new publication is presented.

The Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) recently held a one-day seminar on the financing and governance arrangements for Delhi, in partnership with the Forum of Federations. A total of 50 participants took part in the seminar.

The event also provided an opportunity for the launch of the Forum’s newest publication – Finance and governance of capital cities in federal systems, an 11-country comparative study.

The book, edited by Enid Slack and Rupak Chattopadhyay, was formally launched by the Minister for Health and Welfare for the Delhi Government, Prof. Kiran Walia, who was acting on behalf of the Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs. Sheila Dixit.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Walia acknowledged that Delhi’s rather complex administrative arrangements are not ideal in terms of coping with challenges such as service delivery and land management, particularly in light of the continued migration into the city from the surrounding states.

She expressed the view that the book will serve as valuable reference material for the Delhi government when it holds talks with the central government on greater financial and policy autonomy for the state of Delhi. Other speakers at the seminar included Rupak Chattopadhyay, co-editor of the book, and Vice President of the Forum, who shared some of the major findings of the study; and Prof. Om Prakash Mathur, who contributed the chapter on Delhi.

The Dec. 4, 2009 seminar was presided by M C Gupta, former Chief Secretary of the State of Haryana, one of Delhi’s neighboring states. Also participating in the seminar was a group of Nepalese practitioners who were at the IIPA event as part of a Forum-sponsored training course on Indian federalism.



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