Aim of governance should be to empower people, move towards minimum govt: VP Naidu

By Trend

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said the ultimate
aim of governance should be to empower the people and move towards
a minimum government, Trend reports citing ThePrint.

He said that this will happen only when the last mile has been
traversed and the people at the bottom of the pyramid have been
reached.

The Vice President further said that the success of good
governance lies in including and making the toiling masses equal
stakeholders in the process of development.

Addressing the participants of the 48th Advanced Professional
Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) conducted by the Indian
Institute of Public Administration in New Delhi today, the Vice
President said that the key to good governance lies in inclusivity,
use of technology and maintaining high moral standards.

“Technology fosters transparency and hence accountability, which
is the basic feature of good governance, while moral standards
impart legitimacy,” he said.

He hoped that these two together will usher in a new political
culture preparing the ground for bringing in transformational
reforms.

Underlining that people’s participation is very important for
inclusive and responsive governance, Shri Naidu said that reforms
are only initiated by the Government but actually bear fruit only
when people proactively work for the future of their country.

Referring to the ongoing celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit
Mahotsav, the Vice President urged every Indian to work with an aim
of building a happy, healthy, prosperous and developed nation when
we enter the 100th year of our Independence.

Observing that the focus today is shifting from government to
governance, the Vice President said that India is on the move,
shedding the baggage of its past and embarking on a journey towards
hope and the fulfilment of its ultimate destiny which is to lead
the world.

On this occasion, Naidu also stressed the need to get out of the
colonial mindset and asked the administrators to use people’s
language while discharging their official duties.

“You should interact with the people in their own language,” he
told them.

Referring to the adage — ‘service to man is service to God’, the
Vice President wanted all officials to make ‘people’s service’
their main motto.

Lauding IIPA’s contribution to national development, Naidu said
that he is happy to see IIPA today is adapting itself to the needs
of a dynamic and fast-changing era, and to the rapidly changing
socio-economic milieu.

Calling for arresting the trend of falling standards in public
life, he wanted the administrators and leaders to set examples in
integrity and ethics.

Referring to the concept of Ram-Rajya, so often espoused by
Mahatma Gandhi, he said that in Indian tradition, it is a metaphor
to define how a well-governed welfare state should look like and
exhorted the administrators to follow these lofty ideals to build a
society free from poverty, discrimination and inequality.

IV Subbarao, Secretary to the Vice President, Shri Surendra Nath
Tripathi, Director General, IIPA, Dr VN Alok, Programme Director
(APPPA), Amitabh Ranjan, Registrar, faculty members, course
participants and other dignitaries attended the event.

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