Schemes hit by graft, lack of political will, says Biocon chief

A "well intentioned" programme fails due to lack of political and bureaucratic will and corruption in implementation of schemes, Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said Saturday. She was a guest at the 25th Centenary Endowment Lecture of the Intelligence Bureau in New Delhi.

"There is no shortage of schemes to address the myriad challenges that confront us. However, most of these often fulfil only a small part of what they set out to do. Reasons for failure range from corruption or simply the lack of political and bureaucratic will to execute," she said.

Shaw, named among 100 most influential persons by Time, said inadequate resource allocations across schemes also fail to deliver on their expected outcomes.

"As a result, most of our programmes, even if well intentioned, have one fundamental shortcoming: the governance mechanism to deliver these schemes is mired in inefficiency and unaccountability," Shaw said.

New & Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah and Ministers of State Rajiv Shukla and V Narayanasamy were also present at the event.

For growth to be inclusive, the country must leverage innovative, problem solving approaches to deliver good governance, she said. "We must formulate policies that focus on helping people emerge from an existence of perpetual disadvantage through incentives, not handouts."

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