Speaking at the inaugural function for diamond jubilee celebrations of Indian Institute of Public Administration in Delhi on March 30, Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, emphasized that there should be no undue delay in decision-making and delivery of services in governance.
Mukherjee said that that no meaningful governance can be achieved without the preservation and nurturing of healthy and meaningful debate in polity. "All the three structures of governance, the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary would need to continue striving to strengthen the democratic foundation," he added.
Emplacing the need for quality of public service through transparent governance to meet people's aspirations The President said, The increasing expectation of the people can only be met by improving good governance practices for on it hinges the welfare of the people."
Dubbing bad governance as the root cause of societal shortcomings, he added, "It adversely affects their (citizens') security, social and economic rights when ironically the governance structure is established for their welfare and collective good."
According to Mukherjee, good governance consists of the components of the participatory decentralized decision-making structure, rule of law, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, equity, efficient delivery and inclusiveness. For good governance, decentralization of power and decision-making are of utmost important, he opined.