New Delhi: The Minister of State (MoS) PMO, Jitendra Singh, addressed the valedictory session of the capacity building program for the Permanent Secretaries and Secretaries Generals of the Republic of Maldives, conducted by the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), Department of Public Grievances and Pensions (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, in New Delhi today. He also presented the certificates on the occasion.
The Capacity Building Program was conducted by the National Centre for Good Governance from 6 to 13 December, and was attended by 15 Permanent Secretaries and Secretaries General of the Republic of Maldives.
This is the first capacity building program for top management officials of the Republic of Maldives conducted by the National Centre for Good Governance in India. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the Republic of Maldives, 1,000 civil servants of Maldives are to be trained at the National Centre for Good Governance. 3 capacity building programs for 100 officials have been conducted successfully so far.
Addressing the valedictory session, Jitendra Singh said that these programmes help in providing training in implementation of ease of governance, which leads to ease of living for citizens, and added that these programmes have now been institutionalised and developed into a healthy convention.
Singh observed that these initiatives will help in promoting healthy relations with the neighbouring countries, and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been emphasising good relations with the neighbours from the beginning, with ‘Neighborhood First Policy’, noting that India and Maldives have much in common and there a lot can be learnt from each other.
Jitendra Singh said PM Modi has adopted the mantra of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ and given priority to the last man in the last queue, adding that the Government’s emphasis has been on citizen-centricity, transparency and citizen-participation.
Singh said the Government has done away with many obsolete rules and laws, and emphasised maximum and optimum utilisation of technology. He mentioned government portals including the RTI portal, and added that the emphasis is on e-governance and paperless governance which have made many things easier and simpler. The ease of governance leads to ease of living, the Minister remarked.
Singh said that the grievance redressal mechanism has been made prompt and proactive by the Government, and the mechanism has been institutionalised now with the number of grievances lodged increasing from 2 lakh earlier to about 16 lakhs now. The Minister attributed this increase to the trust shown by the people of the country in the grievance redressal mechanism of the Government.
Singh also spoke about 360 degree appraisal system adopted by the Government for promotions in order to avoid arbitrariness, emphasising the collaboration between the two countries in the area of administration and governance.
Abdulla Saeed, DG, Maldives Civil Service Commission and Head of the visiting delegation expressed his gratitude to NCGG for conducting this training and noted lessons in the fields of technology, policy and other areas, wishing for good India-Maldives relations.
During this visit, the Permanent Secretaries and Secretaries General of the Republic of Maldives interacted with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, Secretary DOPT Dr. C. Chandramouli, CEO Ayushman Bharat Indu Bhushan and Additional Secretary DARPG V. Srinivas, senior officials of NIC, MeITY, NASSCOM, Railways, Health and Posts on various issues of public policy and governance. The delegation visited the NITI Aayog, the UIDAI, Passport Sewa Kendra, Delhi Metro, IIT Delhi and the AIIMS.
The Additional Secretary of DARPG, V. Srinivas, said that 4 capacity building programs have been conducted by the National Centre for Good Governance in the year 2019, attended by 100 officials of the Republic of Maldives.
For the year 2020, another 7 capacity building programs for training 200 officials have been drawn up, Srinivas revealed, adding that the NCGG capacity building programs have been appreciated by the participating officials as immensely beneficial for their career progression.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi met Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker of People’s Majlis of The Maldives, who is on a visit to India at the joint invitation of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, and the Speaker, Lok Sabha.
Modi also met Abdulla Shahid, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Maldives, who is on an official visit to India for the 6th India-Maldives Joint Commission Meeting (JCM).