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NDA to highlight initiatives to improve governance on Dec 25

On the lines of ‘Swachh Bharat Diwas’ and ‘Bal Diwas’, the Narendra Modi government is planning to make a big splash during its ‘National Good Governance Day’ celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25.

Officials said that all departments have been directed to produce e-booklets and pocket booklets highlighting their achievements in the last six months and also the new initiatives announced and how they are trying to improve governance in their respective departments.

“The main thrust of the ‘National Good Governance Day’ celebrations to highlight how the new government is doing things differently from the previous ones,” a senior official said. He said not only the Central government, even models of Good Governance in BJP ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and corporations and other civic bodies will be highlighted during the celebration. The ministries will also show the work completed in the last six months.

Some ministries and departments are also preparing short films on the same lines, which will highlight the initiatives taken to improve governance.

The ministries have been directed to hold regular discussions and meeting with their officials to take stock of progress of work in different new initiatives announced after the new government came to power. Some like Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has fixed Tuesdays or Wednesday as the day when he will hold the stock taking meeting.

“Aadhar-linked attendance of government staff, which has ensured that government officials spend time in office regularly, will also form part of the campaign,” the official explained.

Social media and other electronic means of communication will be effectively used to publicize the achievements and also governance tools.

“Stress will be more on using modern communication methods like teleconferencing, electronic monitoring of progress of schemes during and also after the ‘Good Governance Day’ celebrations,” the official said.

Not only officials and departments, help is also being taken from over the 325-odd BJP Members of Parliaments (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) including to spread the message of ‘Good Governance’ in various parts of the country.

Recently, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu held three round of meetings with BJP Members of Parliament in this regard. The first meeting was with first-time MPs, while the second was with two-time ones and the third with those are in their third term of more as MPs.

Of the 282 MPs in the Lok Sabha, the ruling party has almost 165 members who have been elected for the first time. Earlier, this month, a BJP Parliamentary Board decided to celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as ‘National Good Governance Day’.

The decision was taken by the Prime Minister at the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting, where BJP President Amit Shah was also present.  

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