Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday that technology driven government processes are required to address multiple challenges in contemporary India.
Addressing the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), he said that the public administration has always been the management of change: administering change in society, in the economy and in political life – and more so in a major democracy.
“We have to re-fashion our administrative abilities to implement the innovative and citizen-centric schemes of the central and state governments,” he said adding that the agenda should be to convert ‘swaraj’ in to ‘su-raj’ by providing good governance, by reaching all sections of the people.
Advocating building a culture of evaluation and constant learning in governance, the Vice President said that “we should aim at greater efficiency and effectiveness”.
He expressed hope that IIPA in conjunction with other similar institutions at state level will chalk out a comprehensive governance reform agenda and create a governance system with ‘people’ at the centre, ‘results’ as the criterion of success and ‘constant innovation in processes’ as the guiding principle.
Naidu said that programmes should be implemented with ‘Antyodaya approach’ that focuses on the most vulnerable, marginalized and hard-to-reach population.
“Our approach has to be more empathetic, responsive and inclusive, that cares for women, differently abled and has, at its heart, a genuine commitment to spread the benefits of democratic governance to all sections in society without any discrimination in the spirit of the principle “Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas”, he added.
The Vice President also released several publications and inaugurated the online library – Digital Knowledge Repository of IIPA showcasing the research output and published resources of the Institute.
He also gave away “Paul H. Appleby Awards” for distinguished services to IIPA and the field of Public Administration.