IIM Jammu: CITaG to be established by J&K Govt

The Centre for Innovation and Transformation in Governance (CITaG) was established by an agreement signed on Monday between the Jammu and Kashmir Planning, Development, and Monitoring Department and IIM Jammu. Through innovative research, teaching, and cooperative efforts, the CITaG aims to stimulate positive change and encourage innovation in governance practices.

Atal Dulloo, the chief secretary for Jammu and Kashmir, hailed the move as noteworthy and stated that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to improve the Union Territory (UT) by including all ministries, not just one. He asked the officials to identify the regions and concentrate on the convergence of all available resources in J-K. “It will provide a suitable platform and great opportunity for all in terms of accelerating development,” he said.

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Additionally, he requested that they concentrate on areas with the “potential to attract industry where we can stitch the theory with actionable points”. The MoU intends to enable government institutions, policymakers, and public servants to take on difficult challenges, promote sustainable development, and improve the well-being of the UT of J-K, according to a representative of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Jammu.

He stated that in the presence of Dulloo at the Civil Secretariat in Srinagar, the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Director of IIM Jammu, Prof. B. S. Sahay, and the Administrative Secretary of the Planning, Development, and Monitoring Department (PD&MD), Muhammad Aijaz. The official stated that the CITaG will prioritise several important areas, such as creating plans that support India’s goal of ‘Viksit Bharat’ by 2047, fostering public-private partnerships (PPPs) to bolster the development process, and advancing future-ready governance through e-governance, capacity building, and data-driven decision-making.

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According to the source, the Department of Economic Affairs’ PPP Cell, the State Institute of Transformation, NITI Aayog, and the J-K Government’s future-ready governance strategy were all integrated to create the CITaG. According to him, the initiative will be guided by the IIM Jammu, which will act as the focal agency, knowledge partner, and implementing body. The MoU states that IIM Jammu will set up a project management unit to oversee CITaG operations and offer knowledge assistance to fulfil its vision, purpose, and objectives, the official stated.

He said that the MoU outlines a two-phase implementation plan, with phase II addressing infrastructure development, social sectors, IT, and human resource development, and phase I focusing on PPP projects, agriculture and related sectors, development of new tourism destinations, job creation, and strengthening fiscal positions. According to the official, IIM Jammu and the PD&MD are ready to break new ground in governance and innovation through this partnership, opening the door for future prosperity, expansion, and sustainable development in the area.

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The establishment of the Centre for Innovation and Transformation in Governance (CITaG) marks a pivotal moment for Jammu and Kashmir, promising to transform governance practices through innovative research and collaboration. With IIM Jammu at the helm, CITaG is set to address critical areas such as public-private partnerships, e-governance, capacity building, and data-driven decision-making.

This initiative underscores the commitment to sustainable development and improved well-being for the UT’s residents. The partnership between IIM Jammu and the Planning, Development, and Monitoring Department is poised to pave the way for future prosperity, expansion, and a future-ready governance framework that aligns with India’s vision of ‘Viksit Bharat’ by 2047.

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