Good governance is a basic right of citizens: Rio

Good governance is a basic  right of citizens: Rio
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2-day regional conference on good governance begins

Kohima, October 10: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today stated that good governance is not an option of governments but it is a basic right for all citizens and we are duty bound to provide it.
He was addressing the inaugural session of the two-day regional conference on ‘Good Governance initiatives’ on the sub-theme “Capacity building, technology, best practices by aspirational districts” organised by Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India and hosted by Nagaland Government at Hotel Vivor here on Wednesday.
Nagaland is specially happy to host this conference as good governance is a top priority of my Government and we have taken several steps to promote it in Nagaland, the CM said.
Rio expressed hope that the conference with the participation of delegates from all states of the North East and as also delegates sharing experiences from other states – Bihar, Chattisgarh and Kerala will give an opportunity to learn from each other and evolve strategies to improve governance and ensure that citizens get a better Government and the key issues facing people are addressed effectively and efficiently.
Maintaining that technology provides a tool to improve service delivery, Rio expressed happiness that the conference has a session on leveraging technology for good governance.
“An identifier like Aadhaar helps us to ensure that benefits are better targeted. Spread of banking and mobile telephony has enabled Direct Cash Transfers and this JAM – Jandhan – Aadhaar – Mobile -trilogy has helped better implementation of schemes – whether it is scholarships or MNREGA”, he said.
However, he said that while adopting DBT and digital payments, one challenge that states like Nagaland in the North-East face is the limited outreach of banks.
“We still have several blocks that are unranked. Similarly, while Digital India is the mantra all over the country, there are districts and blocks in Nagaland and other States of the North East that suffer from poor connectivity,” he said.
In order to truly benefit from the mobile and banking revolution, there is a need to focus on improving connectivity and bank network in this part of the country, he said.
“We need to adopt Aspirational District strategy to more backward areas in this region and I would suggest adoption of Aspirational Blocks to ensure that all poor and backward regions are targeted”, he said, adding this would help in pushing development indicators across the State and the region.
Stating that capacity building is another key requirement in the North East, he said “with changing times, we need to constantly learn and innovate so that we are able to deliver better services”.
Aspirations and expectations of citizens have risen over the years and today citizens demand the best of services – be it education, health, infrastructure or social sector, the CM said.
“We need to learn from each other, adopt the best practices and ensure that successful models are replicated,” he said.
The CM also requested DARPG to introduce more trainings for officers of the State Governments to help them upgrade their skills.
Rio stated that governments need to be more of an enabler rather than a regulator and that the systems need to be made transparent to prevent allegations of nepotism and corruption. Initiatives like Government e-Marketplace (GeM) and e-tendering have helped address many of these concerns, he said adding that “We need to make adoption of these reliable and accountable systems as the norm”.
“I am sure the outcomes of this conference will not only help the North-Eastern states but will also provide solutions and answers that can be replicated anywhere in the country,” Rio added.
Secretary of DARPG, GoI, K V Eapen in his address said the conference aims to provide a common platform to share experience in the formation and implementation of good governance initiatives.
The main objective, he said, is replication of the implementation of good governance practices in the states.
In this, he said that tremendous focus is being given on development of North East Region through good governance.
Commissioner and Secretary, Abhishek Singh delivered the welcome address and Additional Secretary DARPG, GoI, Vasudha Mishra proposed the vote of thanks.
During the two day, sessions will be held on technology for good governance, transforming aspirational districts, citizen centric services, capacity building and good governance initiatives.
Valedictory session will be held Thursday afternoon. (Page News Service)