India Backbone Information Network (IBIN) : Change or Yet another Body

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Launched by Planning Commission in collaboration with India@75 foundation in April 2013, India Backbone Information Network (IBIN) aims at institutionalising capabilities for improving implementation of policies, plans and projects in the XII Five Year Plan to achieve the target of faster, more inclusive growth. Therefore, it is a networked organisation involving stakeholders’ participation in removing bottlenecks in plan implementation.

  • will function as a network with nodal points of information and skill dissemination. Required skills will be provided to the agencies entrusted with the implementation of policies by renowned and specialised institutions.
  • it aims to convert “confusion to coordination, contention to collaboration, and intentions to implementation' across the country" -  Planning Commission.
  •  It will also build a knowledge base of tools, techniques and examples to systematically analyse situations or challenges and proactively create solutions.
  • So far, the network includes institutes like Indian School of Business, Administrative Staff College of India, Self Employed Women's Association, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, UNDP, German Society for International Cooperation, Ltd. (GIZ), the World Bank, Federation of Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and other business associations.

The IBIN model is inspired by the Total Quality Movement (TQM) model in Japan which works on feedback mechanism to improvise service delivery and aims at customer satisfaction.

India@75 is the first node of the IBIN and has been incubating the ideas of IBIN. Prof. C. K. Prahalad articulated the idea of holistic three dimensional development of India to acquire enough economic strength, technological vitality and moral leadership by 75 years of independence. It indulges in conducting sensitizing sessions, workshops, interviews, creating development plans for districts, etc.

The Planning Commission after having studied the best practices for co-ordination and implementation in other countries such as Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, and Germany launched the new initiative and introduced several innovations in the 12th Plan to improve planning, communication, and implementation. These include the use of techniques of ‘scenario planning’ for the first time, use of social media for communications with youth, and the concept of IBIN.

Though a great initiative involving businesses, society and citizens; IBIN may come out being just another body in Indian governance. A study has been conducted by the Planning commission with the help of an independent think tank, the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER). The Twelfth Plan document had pegged average growth at 8.2% assuming a best-case scenario of strong, inclusive growth delivered by all-round government action. But even in this scenario, the NCAER sees growth at 7.8% over the five-year plan that is already in its second year. Logjam in policymaking, insufficient action, ‘business as usual' approach, if continued would give a blow to the targeted goal. Therefore, in order to achieve the target growth rate of 8.2% we need more than just another body. We need strong political backing to administer the current chaotic situation and transparent system of governance undoing the ongoing malaise in our country. The appreciable aspect of this innovative idea is the involvement of youth who really can be the drivers of change.

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