The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurated Thursday an Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) in Rashtrapati Bhavan and launched a mobile app ‘Monitor’ for transformation of President’s Estate into a smart township at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that President’s Secretariat follows a value-oriented governance model that is based on the core civilizational values of compassion and service to others.
Such a model relies on happiness to come not from material well-being but from following values that are the highest principles of human existence. Its approach to welfare in the President’s Estate is on these lines.
He stated that if he is to use a word to describe a human emotion associated with this ongoing transformation of quality of life in the township, it will be happiness. It is happiness that holds the key to the well-being of people and for the development of human society.
He said that recognizing the smiles on the faces of his people, from now he would like to add one more ‘H’ to the existing model of 3H, and that is ‘Happiness’. From now, Smart President’s Estate will work around the ‘4H’ theme of a Humane, Hi-tech, Heritage and Happy Township.
The President said that the Smart President’s Estate can be a replicable model which can be adopted in other parts of the country through citizens’ engagement, public and private sector participation and deployment of intensive technologies.
He said that Rashtrapati Bhavan is in the process of replicating its experience of Smart Township by applying and transferring knowledge and expertise to five villages in an adjoining state.
On the occasion, Secretary to the President announced institution of awards to keep the Smart President’s Estate a dynamic and inclusive platform. The President said that measurable performance parameters to judge the performance of the different departments under the Secretariat will help in the incentivization process. He said that this approach in urban governance where President’s Secretariat recognizes stakeholders for their contribution to public causes is noteworthy.
The President said that the scarcity of natural resources as well as trained and skilled manpower poses a challenge in governance. There is enough on this Earth to meet the need of the society as a whole, but over exploitation and greed could lead to disasters and catastrophe.
In this context, he said technology is a powerful enabler to optimize the utilization and management of resources. Government’s programmes like Digital India, Swachh Bharat, and Skill India are transformative in nature and their successful implementation will alter the governance landscape of the country.
He called upon the citizens of India to dedicate themselves to the cause of the nation and society through constructive contribution to these programmes in all possible ways.
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