GOOD GOVERNANCE RESOLVE

While celebrating the Good Governance Day on 25th December, it is time to reiterate the resolve to continue relentless efforts in the direction of achieving the objectives behind celebrating this day across the nation. The day is being celebrated every year on this day since 2014 to achieve the objectives of making people aware about the government commitment for providing a transparent and accountable administration in the country; enhancing the welfare and betterment of the people; standardizing the government functioning and making it a highly effective and accountable governance for the citizens of the country; implementing the good and effective policies to complete a mission of good governance in India; enhancing the growth and development in the country through good governance and last but not the least bringing citizens closer to the government to make them active participants in the good governance process. The message of Governor NN Vohra on this day assumes great significance as he has successfully displayed his acumen par excellence during Governor’s rule by making the people of this state feel the good governance and that too in the absence of people’s representative government in the state. That period will be remembered by the people for all times to come and should be a lesson for all the representative governments to emulate not only in the state of Jammu and Kashmir but across the nation. It needs to be recalled how during the Governor’s rule in J&K the Governor NN Vohra displayed astute qualities of an ace administrator from the Day-One of Governor’s Rule and one can’t help but appreciating the Governor for remaining fully committed to public welfare and leaving no stone unturned in order to show how governance can be made to reach the pinnacle ultimately benefitting the common people of this state who had experienced a lot of torment while fighting insurgency and terrorism for over two decades. The Governor’s feel of the urgency of work disposal and commitment against red tapism could be easily seen through his measure of immediate allocation of departments to the Advisors and approval to the constitution of the State Administrative Council, with the direction to achieve zero pendency by disposing off matters with utmost promptness. The essence of good governance lies in the fact that every important public matter especially those pertaining to common man receive timely attention and the same was visible on ground after restructuring of the decision making process with a view to ensure that every important matter received timely attention. Ultimately during that period the Governor succeeded in achieving the synergy and convenience to transact Government business with unprecedented excellence creating history besides leaving lessons to be learnt for the lazy politicians who often proved to be the main cause of red tapism in this fragile state. It is a fact that today even technology if correctly applied, can be a vital tool for empowering the citizens and for compelling accountability in the functioning of the governmental machinery. In this regard the Government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative is already aimed at establishing a knowledge economy and transforming the country into a digitally empowered society, which is the beneficiary of Good Governance. On this day it is hoped that all the stakeholders especially those in governance take the Governor’s message as the key as he has quite rightly asserted in his message that it should be the Government’s continuing endeavour to provide prompt, efficient, transparent and totally accountable administration for the betterment and welfare of the common citizen. Let all the stake holders come together and commit to promote transparent and accountable governance for securing the rapid growth of the State and the well being of its people.