Micromanagement is when matters that should be left for decision by a lower level are controlled and decided at a higher level. The main problem with this is that the focus on the broad policy framework is lost because of the obsession with details. For example, focusing attention on a few trees does not constitute a forest policy, which should deal with the totality of plant growth that would lead to a greater respect for biodiversity. At present, we are seeing this trend towards myopic micromanagement in the Union government’s approach to industrial policy and to development activities that have to be implemented by the states.
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First Published: Wed, July 28 2021. 22:27 IST