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Krishan Kumar

Creating a successful model for checking female foeticide, running a district that is a model of efficient governance

Krishan Kumar
T.Narayan
Krishan Kumar
outlookindia.com
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"I just do what I think needs to be done," says this unassuming civil servant. And what he thought must be done urgently was to tackle the appalling incidence of female foeticide in his district—Nawanshahr in Punjab—where in some villages there were only six girls to every 10 boys born every year. Developing special computer software to monitor pregnancies, cracking the whip on scanning centres, nursing homes, doctors and corrupt district health officials, and sending decoy patients to suspect clinics, Kumar improved the ratio from 774 to 910 per 1,000 in just one year. He has showed that all it needs is personal monitoring and enforcement of existing rules to make a difference. A new feather in his cap is the e-governance model he has introduced through the district’s unique Suvidha centre. It provides citizens hundreds of services, from issuing of licences to booking railway and airline tickets. A touchscreen information kiosk informs you about the status of your documents, development works in your village, bus schedules and much more. ...
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