New Delhi: Minister of State (MoS) (PP) Jitendra Singh launched the ‘Good Governance Index’ at an event organized by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, on the occasion of Good Governance Day, here yesterday. Good Governance Day is observed on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On the occasion, the Minister also launched the 15th edition of Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure (CSMOP). He released the Handbook for the Retiring Central Government Employees and the Smart Card facility for Department Canteen of DoPT. Singh also released a booklet on major initiatives/achievements of DoPT and Strategic Initiatives of Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare (DoPPW).
Speaking on the occasion, Jitendra Singh said the Good Governance Index (GGI) has been scientifically designed on various parameters of governance, keeping in mind citizen-centricity, which is the prime mantra of the Government led by PM Narendra Modi.
Singh remarked that GGI will also seek to determine the status of governance as it exists today, and provide a reference threshold for the future. Singh said that documentation of good governance index is an effort in the direction to carry forward Prime Minister Modi’s vision for good governance.
Singh said that good governance initiatives by the Government draw inspiration from former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He added that the initiatives are being replicated not only by the states in India, but also by the other countries, and said many regional conferences have been organized by the DARPG in different parts across India to replicate good governance practices. The Minister said the Smart Card launched for DoPT canteen is also a step towards cashless transactions and digitisation.
Addressing the gather, Secretary, DoPT & DARPG, Dr. C. Chandramouli, said these measures reflect that the Ministry is equipping employees to understand how to use digital platforms in functioning, adding that Government is also committed to the welfare of its ex-employees and it is taken care by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare.
The Additional Secretary, DARPG, V. Srinivas, said that the GGI has been developed for the first time by the Government. He said that CSMOP reflects the Ministry’s commitment towards digitization and to shift towards a Digital Secretariat, mentioning good governance initiatives for replication such as Shillong Declaration, Jammu Ghoshna, Sahyog Sankalp and Nagpur Resolution, among others.
The EO & AS (DoPT), P. K. Tripathi; Secretary (Legislative Department), G. Narayana Raju; Secretary (Post), Pradipta Kumar Bisoi; AS (DoNER) Indewar Pandey; and senior officers were also present on the occasion.
The Good Governance Index is a uniform tool across States to assess the Status of Governance and impact of various interventions taken up by the State Government and UTs.