New Delhi, Dec 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called on the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to greet him on his birthday and on being conferred the Bharat Ratna.
The Prime Minister has expressed joy over celebrating his birthday as `Good Governance Day`.
PM Modi said: “There is no bigger tribute to Atal ji than celebrating his birthday as `Good Governance Day` and pledging to devote ourselves to this cause.”
“Development and good governance are the only ways ahead. Together, let us make a positive impact in people`s lives and create a developed India,” the Prime Minister said.
Modi expressed that `Good Governance` is the key to a nation’s progress, adding: “Our government is committed to providing a transparent and accountable administration which works for the betterment and welfare of the common citizen.”
Modi’s message on `Good Governance`
Citizen-First” is our mantra, our motto and our guiding principle. It has been my dream to bring government closer to our citizens, so that they become active participants in the governance process. During the last seven months, our government has been consistently working towards this goal. mygov.in and interact with PM seek to make this engagement meaningful. The unprecedented response which these initiatives have evoked, places a large responsibility upon us, and I assure you, my countrymen that we will not let you down.
An important step for Good Governance is simplification of procedures and processes in the Government so as to make the entire system transparent and faster. The push towards self-certification in place of affidavits and attestations is another indicator of the relationship of trust between the citizens and the Government. Doing away with cumbersome and out-dated legislations which no longer have relevance is another focus area. Already Appropriation Acts have been identified for repeal and more Acts are being reviewed.
Our government considers redress of public grievances as a very important component of a responsive administration. I have instructed all the Ministries to ensure that redress of public grievances receives the highest priority.
Government process re-engineering is yet another measure that we are pushing for. Ministries and Departments of the Government of India have been instructed to look into their work spheres, their internal processes and work on what and how to simplify and rationalise them. We are also working on a simpler internal work process manual, which would be delivered through an e-learning module.
I strongly believe that technology can and must bridge the divide between the government and the citizens. Technology is an empowering tool for the citizen and an accountability medium for the government. My government fully recognises the huge potential of this tool –Digital India aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Proposed to be implemented in phases, Digital India is transformational in nature and would ensure that Government services are available to citizens electronically. It would also bring in greater accountability through mandated delivery of government’s services electronically.
The effort to usher in an era of good governance has just begun, and begun on a very promising note. An open and accountable administration is what we had promised to deliver and we will do so.
Today is the birthday of our beloved leader, our former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On this occasion, we reiterate our commitment towards providing transparent, effective and accountable governance to the people of this country. Let us embark on this mission for good governance together.
Modi to visit Varanasi
To mark “Good Governance Day” on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday, PM Modi will take part in a cleanliness drive in his constituency Varanasi on Thursday.
According to reports, the one-day visit would be Modi’s second to his constituency since taking over as the Prime Minister of the country. It comes less than two months after his maiden visit on November 7-8.
Government departments will also organise seminars and other programmes during the day, which will coincide with Christmas, a public holiday.
Modi will reportedly inspect cleanliness work at the Assi Ghat in Varanasi and also participate in a cleanliness drive there. Besides, he will also visit Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where he will lay the foundation stone for an inter-university centre for teachers’ education to be named after Madan Mohan Malviya.
The centre is expected to function as an autonomous body, the details of which will be spelt out during the Prime Minister’s visit to the campus.
Modi, who is also expected to launch Varanasi Mahotsav at the BHU, will also lay the foundation stone for expansion of the Diesel Locomotive Works factory.
Foundation stone for expansion of a stadium in the holy city will also be laid.
(With Agency Inputs)