Good Governance – Experiences Shared by MyGov Saathis
1) 25th December, the day is celebrated as the good governance day in India and is also recognized by the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. On this occasion I would like to celebrate with the government about the initiatives taken by our current Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India a better and a developed country every day.
India has been developing as a nation each and every day, there were several schemes announced by our Prime Minister to help the nation and it’s public, among all of them I was really delightful about “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” initiative, which was an urge to the citizens of India to save and educate girl child (also known as the mantra, “Beta, Beti ek samaan”). The initiative was launched on 22nd January 2015. During that time the female ratio in comparison to men was much lesser, The PM started the awareness about the program, the more people who were getting educated about the initiative, the more successful the campaign became. As a result, for the first time in the history, India in 2021 has more female ration than men. According to the latest health round of National family health survey (NFHS 2019-2021), For every 1000 men, there are 1020 women in the country.
As a daughter of India, I am really proud about this initiative taken by our Prime Minister.
2) “We are unnecessarily wasting our precious resources in wars…if we must wage war, we have to do it on unemployment, disease, poverty and backwardness.” – Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
In the words our former PM, it can be inferred that the pivotal aspects of good governance is the initiation and management of various infrastructures like transportation, social welfare, digital etc. One such initiative by the Government of India which has personally affected me and my family especially in the crucial time of COVID-19 is the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP).
PMBJP was launched by Hon PM Shri Narendra Modi on 2015. Its grassroot implementation was so strong that soon after its launch; many outlets of “Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra” were opened in our city. Hailing from a middle class family with a history of diabetes, hypertension and cardiac health problems, we often faced a financial crunch due to heavy medicinal expenses. One day, a medical stockiest recommended us to switch purchasing our medicines from these outlet because of its affordability and assured quality and thus there was no looking back from our side. The problem of our financial hardships reduced with these generic low cost medicines without compromising anyone’s health. The impact has been so immense that we ourselves promote it now to others.
3) Sometimes, all we need is a strong leader, who could bring out the best in you, by making big, hard and seemingly impossible things, very much possible. One such things were when our PM announced in 2014 that India will be free of urinating and defecation in the open by 2019, nobody thought it would be possible. But look at us now. That’s how he knows how to bring out the best in us. A simple thing as a toilet was not even a part of consideration as a necessity by so many people if India. Many women did want a toilet, but could not voice their need openly and strongly, and this was often sacrificed. We all now know the importance of sanitation for us as individuals, and for the nation in its development. Poor sanitation undermines our women’s safety and dignity, and also leads to our children suffering from diarrhoea, other similar problems that hinders their physical and cognitive development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had nominated the name of nine famous personalities from business industries, sports and Bollywood to drive the clean India campaign. He also had requested from all nine personalities to invite another nine persons individually and requested to continue the chain of nine people to take this campaign to every Indian living in any corner all around the country. Although the problems such as water availability etc. still persist, the women now feel more secure and a way better than before having their own toilets at home. Also, Jaipur district, where I reside, is now in the process of being declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF).
It is now, not just a movement started by government of India, it has become the “people’s movement”. Individuals in rural regions are straightforward, more modest and responsive than metropolitan populace. Assuming you are effective in persuading them regarding which is the correct method for getting things done and how it would help all the local area, then, at that point, they will themselves approach to join any drive and work towards its prosperity. Overall, as a common person, it seems really great to see India heading towards a cleaner self.
4) The method in which authority is exerted in the administration of a country’s economic and social resources for development is characterised as good governance. There are eight key qualities of good governance. ‘It is participative, consensus-driven, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and adheres to the rule of law.’ In accordance with this, the Government of India is implementing a slew of programmes to promote good governance throughout the country.
For me and my family , the initiatives taken under the Digital India program are the most beneficial. Some of them are:
1.BHIM (BHARAT INTERFACE FOR MONEY)
Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is a software that uses the Unified Payments Interface to make financial transactions simple, straightforward, and rapid (UPI). It allowed me to go cashless, making each transaction simple and safe. The existence of UPI makes life easier for both buyers and sellers because money is sent straight between their bank accounts.
DigiLocker is a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s Digital India programme. DigiLocker intends to provide people with ‘Digital Empowerment’ by enabling access to genuine digital documents in the citizen’s digital document wallet. This allowed me and my family to save all of our essential papers in one location, and the greatest thing is that we can access these files whenever and wherever we need to.
5) The actions that a government takes to manage its affairs in a state or a country can be called Governance or it can be defined as the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented.
However, to create awareness of accountability in government among the citizens of India, Good Governance Day is observed every year on 25th December. The Indian Govt. launched the ‘Make in India’ policy in 2014 to boost the manufacturing sector, promote foreign investments and reduce the dependency on imports. Our country has no storage of talented, innovative and hardworking people. There are several initiatives under the ‘Make in India’ policy – Digital India, Startup India Initiative, Skill India Program, Smart Cities. The Govt. of India identified around 25 sectors which can contribute to the ‘Make in India’ policy hugely. It includes – Automobile, automobile parts, aviation, biotechnology, chemicals, construction, defense production, electrical machinery, electronic systems, food process, IT and BPM, leather, entertainment and media, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceutical industry, shipping, railways, renewable energy, roads and highways, space, textiles and garments, thermal power, tourism and hospitality, wellness. ‘Make in India’ is a long-term ambitious project but it will definitely help in economic development of the country. ‘Make in India’ initiative has been highlighted at all key international events and has become the fastest and largest growing government initiative. This initiative has been a great source of creating employment both for men and women, educated and uneducated in helping them increase their standard of living thereby leading a happy and peaceful life in a dignified way.
[These are 5 different blogs collated as a single blog written by our MyGov Saathis, Ananya Srivastav, Anoushka Chatterji, Dhriti Sharma, Ritwik and Jyoti Das respectively.]