Good Governance = No Governance in India

The Secretary, DARPG, Shri C. Viswanath addressing at the 2-day Regional Conference on “Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices”, organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), in Nainital, Uttarakhand on July 07, 2017.
The Secretary, DARPG, Shri C. Viswanath addressing at the 2-day Regional Conference on “Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices”, organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), in Nainital, Uttarakhand on July 07, 2017.

Disturbing Facts:

– In today’s increasingly specialized and cut-throat world, a person needs in-depth knowledge and extensive domain expertise to handle a particular department even in a small company. But it is highly unfortunate that people with no qualification or expertise become President, Prime Minister, ministers, and bureaucrats in India to manage highly complex domains of governance. That’s why India continues to be a poor, underdeveloped country.

– As they are extremely inefficient and illiterate, Indian politicians and bureaucrats do not take decisions to resolve public problems. They keep rotating written public complaints from one desk to another. Consequently, citizens are left with no other option but to approach the courts. As courts are always overcrowded, their decisions are either inordinately delayed or lack justice.

– Although the Indian government claims that it has become paperless, the politicians and bureaucrats are so uneducated that they cannot even open, read, and respond to emails. Finally, the citizens have to stand in long queues in front of their offices to express their grievances which are hardly addressed.

Thus, commoners in India are still living in slavery.

~ Rakesh Raman


A two-day Regional Conference on “Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices” involving 12 States and 4 UTs of Northern, Western and Central Region of India was inaugurated by C. Viswanath, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India and Avanendra S. Nayal, Director Uttarakhand Academy of Administration (UKAA), Government of Uttarakhand, at Nainital on Friday.

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The Conference is being organized on July 7-8, 2017, by DARPG in collaboration with the Government of Uttarakhand & Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Nainital.

Speaking on the occasion, C. Viswanath mentioned that this is the 26th such Regional Conference being organised by the Department on diverse themes pertaining to Best Practices.

He emphasized the importance of Good Governance and sharing best practices among peers. Good Governance is crucial in maintaining security of the country, ensuring comfort of common citizens.

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He also said that DARPG is developing a Good Governance Index (GGI) and the results will soon be published. This will assess the various States and Districts on ten parameters and it is hoped that this will trigger States lagging behind to work vigorously and achieve higher grade, he suggested.

C. Viswanath said that 21 States have adopted the Right to Services Act and hoped more States will follow. And he claimed that 21 Departments in the Central Government have become paperless, having switched over to the e-Office platform.

Four presentations on (i) Exemplary initiatives in the State of Uttarakhand, (ii) the status of Ease of Doing Business and IT adoption in his state governance work, (iii) e-Vidhan: Paperless Himachal Legislative Assembly and (iv) Good Governance Index- Introduction & Methodology of Preparation, Key Governance Sectors & Areas, Indicators and Data Availability were made on the first day of the Conference.

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