Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday emphasised that good governance must percolate right down to the bottom level, according to an official statement.
Presiding over the 67th annual meeting of general body of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) here through video-conferencing, he said that the govt. has been making policies and designing programmes that are intended to enhance the standard of living of the people by fast-tracking development.
Naidu said the IIPA, as a premier institution dedicated to the idea and practice of public administration, must play a pivotal role in bridging the capacity gaps within the delivery system, said the statement issued by the Personnel Ministry.
“IIPA is a fit organization to catalyse the new wave of governance reforms in the country,” he added.
Referring to the varied initiatives by the govt., like the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Ayushman Bharat and also the recently announced 100 lakh crore national infrastructure master plan ‘Gati Shakti’, Naidu said India is clearly on a transformative path.
“We are focusing on people, their hopes and aspirations, their needs and entitlements, their duties and responsibilities. We are making each Indian an active agent of social change,” he added.
The government is involving the private sector and also the civil society in a very big way as partners in shaping the India of tomorrow, he said. In his address, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that during a landmark decision, the IIPA membership, which was earlier open only to retired officers, has now been thrown open even to the serving officers.
The government, he said, will train 2 crore government servants from top to bottom and not only the top civil servants for capacity-building of civil servants.
He said that despite the crippling effects of COVID-19, IIPA has not only being successful in conducting 66 training programme in 2020-21 and trained 8,353 officials, but it’s also completed 60 research studies and conducted 46 webinars on topics of current relevance, the statement said.