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India: Good Governance Starts with Citizens - Minister
Source: southasia.oneworld.net
Source Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Country: India
Created: Nov 01, 2012

India’s Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, V Narayanasamy, highlighted the role of stakeholders in governance based on transparency.

V Narayanasamy said that good governance based on transparency and accountability at various levels, started and ended with stakeholders or citizens. “Any system, policy or machinery will only succeed, if it is fully accountable to the stakeholders and its processes are transparent, citizens are engaged,” he said.

Speaking at the biennial International Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) Conference in New Delhi, the Minister exhorted that the ideals of CAPAM were guided by the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. He stated that Commonwealth bridged all continents, embraces almost two billion people, and represents all the world’s major faiths.

India’s relationship with the commonwealth countries has been primarily based on its historical relationships with these countries, values and common bonds. The minister also gave a glimpse of the initiatives taken by the Centre such as implementation of recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission and the Right to Information Act and various other legislative measures such as the Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services, Redressal of their Grievances Bill, the Lok Pal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011.

He also said that CAPAM would play a leading role in extensive cooperation for transfer of human and financial resources, sharing of institutional knowledge and propagating information aimed at strengthening the democratic fibre.

Sanjay Kothari, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances said for the first time the conference had been integrated with the Commonwealth Ministers Forum on Public Administration. He said that efforts had been made to ensure quality representation from India on Public Service Management have been enrolled to in the Conference to help, guide and steer deliberations of the Conference in a meaningful manner for the benefit of public service across the Commonwealth.

Addressing the gathering, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr S Y Quraishi, highlighted the role of bureaucracy in India in general and talked about the electoral reforms in India.
Kamlesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary General spoke about the role of Commonwealth Secretariat in providing best fit solutions suitable for individual country needs rather than following the one size fits all approach. Paul Zahra, President, CAPAM talking about relevance of good governance expressed his happiness on co-hosting the event in the largest democracy India.

The three day event is being attended by Ministers and senior officials from Commonwealth countries namely Bangladesh, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Gibraltar, Nigeria, Mozambique and St. Vincent & The Grenadines and will focus on the theme, “A Public Service Fit for the Future”.
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