At the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) in Mussoorie, capacity-building programs for civil servants of Maldives and Bangladesh were unveiled. 27 Civil servants from the Maldives and 39 civil servants from Bangladesh are taking part in these two programs.
In line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (‘The World is One Family) and the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, this program has been designed to help build the capacity of civil servants in neighboring countries to address emerging governance challenges and ensure reliable public service delivery, thereby improving the quality of life of people.
This capacity-building program will help civil servants to better understand and implement policies. It is designed to equip them with the skills they need to deliver robust and seamless services to the people.
The capacity-building program follows Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s good governance mantra of putting ‘citizens first’ at the forefront of the development strategy. The program aims to promote the exchange of information, knowledge, and new ideas; to enhance sensitivity, responsiveness, and efficiency in civil servants of participating countries.
Shri Bharat Lal, Director General of the National Centre for Good Governance, chaired the joint inaugural session. He addressed the officers, emphasizing the provision of effective public service delivery and elaborating on the role of civil servants in creating an enabling environment where every citizen is treated equally and has access to quality public services.
He urged them to adopt good governance practices to ensure an improved quality of life.
The Director General also gave examples of good governance models of India such as the Ujjwala Yojana which has benefited more than 100 million families by providing them with clean cooking gas connections, thus saving them from the drudgery of collecting firewood and inhaling smoke during cooking.
At least 1.5 lakh lives, especially women’s, are saved from lung complications and mortality every year due to the Ujjwala yojana, according to the WRI report.
The Jal Jeevan Mission was also highlighted to ensure clean tap water for every rural household. More than 1.36 lakh infants’ lives are saved from mortality every year, thus enabling them to live a full life and contribute to society, according to another study by Nobel laureate Prof. Kramer of Chicago University, USA.
No individual being left out is what he discussed as being central to civil service having a transformational impact. He urged the participants to utilize the learning from this program to develop an action plan or idea, which can be considered for implementation in their country.
An MoU was entered into by the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) and the Civil Service Commission, Maldives during Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Maldives in 2019 for ability building of 1,000 Maldives civil servants by 2024. An agreement was also signed with the Government of Bangladesh for the capacity building of 1,800 civil servants by 2024.