Prayaas: Innovations in Urban Administration


ISBN: 9788193657287


Running a city is a hard job; worse, there is no training.You learn on the job, finding yourself in a system, fraught with political sensitivities and a system, quite unprepared to respond to needs of fast growing population. Still, once, it is realized that cities are formed of people, and that people lie at the centre of development, a path opens. This path, though professional, is not impersonal.

‘Prayaas’ is the story of Nanded, a small city of Maharashtra. In this book, the author, who served as the Municipal Commissioner of Nanded, shares first-hand experiences and learnings towards making Nanded a clean and inclusive city. The making of a strong and motivated team, experiments in volunteerism, training of staff, engaging of subject-experts as partners,engagement of community towards making the city clean, involvement of people in constructing their own houses are some of the innovations described in thebook. The city became the first city to try community approach for sanitationat the city-wide level. And, sanitation became a stepping stone for engagingcitizens in other developmental pursuits.

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Dr. Nipun Vinayak, bornand educated in Chandigarh, joined the IAS in 2001 after completing his MBBSwith gold medals. During his training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, he got many awards including the ‘Director’s BestAll Round Trainee Award’. He has promoted community approaches in sanitation inhis various roles in the rural areas (as CEO, Zilla Parishad, Jalna) and inurban areas (as Municipal Commissioner, Nanded). As Collector, Raigad, he found himself embroiled in what media termed as the ‘first referendum of India’.As Municipal Commissioner, Nanded, he prioritised working with, and for, the slum-dwellers envisioning and affecting, to a great extent, a clean city.

He believes that good governance is about the3Ps – Passion, Participation and Partnership. Calling himself a ‘participative and facilitative development learner’, he cherishes engagement of people in various development projects. In his last role as Director of the national programme, Swachh Bharat (rural), he worked incessantly towards reorienting the programme from a supply-driven latrine construction programme to a community-led and community-driven collective behaviour change programme. His professional achievements include recommendation of his work as CEO Zilla Parishad, Jalna for ‘Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ by Government of Maharashtra and first prize in the State in ‘Rajiv Gandhi Abhiyaan for Administrative Reforms’.

He has authored books on sanitation, education, health and district administration.

He is currently serving the historic city of Aurangabad as Municipal Commissioner and can be contacted on

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