Concept of ‘Good governance’ not alien to India: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh addresses ‘Revisiting the History of Civil Service Reforms from Capacity Building Lens’ conference in New Delhi on February 26, 2022. (Photo/PIB)

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh on February 26, 2022, said that the concept of ‘Good governance’ is not alien to India and is well captured even in the country’s ancient literatures.

He said this while addressing a virtual conference ‘Revisiting the History of Civil Service Reforms from Capacity Building Lens’.

The Minister said that an ideal public administration must be competitive, efficient, cost effective and accountable to deliver good governance.

“In our ancient literature, the foundation of good governance is based on Dharma (righteousness). One who practises ‘Dharma’ immediately distinguishes oneself from the present materialistic repository of values. For a Civil servant following the path of Dharma and supporting it with good Karma will lead to administrative excellence. The earliest works on Public administration in India have been illustrated in various sacred texts such as Vedas, Buddhist literatures, and Jain canonical works.”

Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that present governments can use the learning of traditional, historical knowledge and recent administrative reform attempts to further improve governance and achieve the goal of Maximum Governance, minimum government.

“Public officials today are facing increasing pressure to deliver better services with fewer resources which requires, among other things, an investment in capacity building.”

The Minister maintained that the Civil Servants for a New India need to keep pace with these constant and evolving changes.

Dr Jitendra Singh underlined New Generation Reforms for New Generation Civil Servants and said that India must follow global benchmarks in Governance as it is poised to assume a global leadership role in the Comity of Nations.

He said increasing Transparency, Accountability and People-Centric Delivery mechanisms must become cornerstones of New Generation Reforms for the New Generation Civil Servants.

The Minister expressed hope that Mission Karmayogi will be a key enabler in continuously augmenting and enhancing delivery, and over the time will be able to support in achieving the goal of $5 Trillion economy set by the Prime Minister.

The Capacity Building Commission (CBC) and Ashank Desai Centre for Leadership and Organisational Development (ADCLOD), IIM-Ahmedabad hosted the virtual conference.

V. Sinivas, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances,  and other senior officials also graced the occasion. The event was chaired by Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of the Commission, in the presence of Members – Dr R. Balasubramaniam and Praveen Pardeshi – and Secretary of the Commission –Hemang Jani. (Press Release)


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