Good governance dependent on adherence to law, transparency, accountability: President
Srinagar, Aug 5: President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Visitor, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Tuesday said the good governance is critically dependent on pre-requisites like inviolable adherence to rule of law, existence of participatory decision-making structure, responsiveness, transparency, accountability, corruption-free society, equity and inclusiveness.
Addressing the students and faculty of the CUK, along with other fellow Central Universities, higher educational and research institutions, through video-conferencing from Rashtrapati Bhawan, Shri Mukherjee while speaking on the topic “Democracy and Governance,” said, the good governance implies a framework that has well-being of the people as its focal point. “Progressive legislations provide an enabling environment and empower citizens to access entitlements. Some examples are the Right to Information, education, food and employment,” he said.
In India, he said, “I see good governance as exercise of power, within the framework of the Constitution, for efficient and effective management of our economic and social resources for the well-being of the people, through the institutions of state.” Shri Mukherjee said that good governance is not a given in any system. “It has to be nurtured by carefully developing institutions of democracy. Distortions happen when one institution does not function in the manner expected of it leading to overreach by others. What is required then is strengthening, re-invigorating and re-inventing these institutions to meet the needs of the time. It calls for wider involvement of the civil society. It entails free and open participation in the political processes by the people. It calls for ever-increasing engagement of the youth in the institutions and processes of democracy. It calls for ethical and responsible behaviour from the media.”
The President said that novel legislations can work only with robust delivery mechanisms. “Corruption leads to denial of equitable distribution of benefits. Complexity and opacity of rules and procedures, discretion in the exercise of power, and weak enforcement of legal provisions are factors contributing to corruption. While we might need some new institutions to fight corruption, the solution lies not merely in creating more institutions but in strengthening and reforming the existing institutions to deliver results,” he added.
He said the governance implies involving the civil society as an equal collaborator. “One must therefore be conscious of her duties and responsibilities, besides rights. Intolerance and acrimony in public discourse has to be avoided. Our country needs constructive partners rather than privilege seekers. I call upon you to contribute to a healthy democratic society and good governance practices in all spheres of functioning,” he further added.
CUK Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din, was one of the four Vice-Chancellors’/Directors of IISC, who interacted with the Visitor by posing questions regarding the theme.