Jayanta Madhab

Chief Minister of Assam
Focus Area(s)
Containing Patronage Pressures
Rohan Mukherjee
Country of Reform
Date of Interview
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Jayanta Madhab goes into detail about the reform programs undertaken in Assam during his time as advisor to the chief minister of Assam from 2003-2009. He details the need to introduce new legislation into law in order to improve the financial situation in the state and improve funding, done through the value added tax system, and the challenges faced due to the recession and deficit financing. He talks about the need to implement reforms that will have far reaching affects across all ethnicities, minorities, and vulnerable groups, and how managing these factions and autonomous groups was essential to the reforms success. He describes the main problem in the reform process was changing the attitudes and building support within government for change through coalition building and management of insurgent groups in the region. Finally, he specifically address the need to improve employment and education opportunities as well as technical skills (such as improving agricultural practices in poor rural areas) as a means of keeping poor disaffected youth out of insurgent groups.

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Jayanta Madhab is an economist who served as an advisor to the chief minister of Assam, India, from 2003 to early 2009. During his time in government he advised the chief minister on economic and financial affairs before taking up the mandate of employment generation in Assam in the chief minister’s second term. He has worked for the Asian Development Bank, as well as the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEFDI). He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

capacity building
coalition building
insecurity and development
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