V. Ravichandar

Bangalore Agenda Task Force
Focus Area(s): 
Civil Service
Critical Tasks: 
Making services accessible
Sequencing reform
Interviewers: 
Michael Woldemariam
Country of Reform: 
India
Town/City: 
Bangalore
Country: 
India
Date of Interview: 
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Abstract 

V. Ravichandar recounts his time serving as a member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) from 2000 to 2004. He describes urban issues within India, how he secured his position with BATF, and various city initiatives in which he played a large role. The BATF worked to improve living conditions for the lower middle and middle classes. Among other things, it reformed the public toilet system and transportation. Ravichandar also helped to implement the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), a government program that allocated 12 billion dollars of grant funding to 63 Indian cities. He speaks extensively about the presidency of S.M. Krishna and how crucial he was in providing political support for the BATF. Ravichandar emphasizes the importance of political capital, how it only declines after an individual is elected, and why it is critical to enact change quickly and early on in a presidency before political capital runs out.    

Case Study:  Keeping Up with a Fast-Moving City: Service Delivery in Bangalore, India, 1999-2004

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V. Ravichandar served as a member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) from 2000 to 2004. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) and an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). Prior to working with BATF, Ravichandar was a consultant with MICO-Bosch. In 1988, he founded Feedback Consulting, a research and consulting company that assesses business opportunities in India.  Since leaving his post with BATF, he has been associated with HR Trust, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to enable human capital in India. At the time of this interview, Ravichandar still worked for Feedback Consulting    

Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Indian
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Keywords 
Technical Assistance
urban reform
public service delivery
self-assessment scheme
tax reform
political capital
Reform sequencing