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Technocrats as Head of the Block Team-A Comment

 Technocrats as Head of the Block Team A Comment N S Jodha IN their article (December 19, 1970, pp 2041-47), Iqbal Narain and V P Gro- ver conclude rather boldly that, "the obsession with the generalist vs the specialist controversy carried into the sphere of Panchayati Raj seems to yield adverse results." The authors further assert that "the replacement of a generalist BDO [Block Development Officer] by a technocrat BDO may in the Indian context militate against the multi-dimensional approach to community development and may also worsen administrative problems without necessarily boosting production". However, a closer examination of the methods and material used by the authors indicate that their effort is an exercise in over-simplification and the conclusions drawn by them are unwarranted.

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