Newdelhi:22/9/17;The Two days National Seminar organized by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Good Governance, Development and Human Rights concluded here today with several important suggestions. Addressing the concluding session as the Chief Guest, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Ministry of Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology said that good governance is very important to sustain India and Governance can be good only if it is accountable, transparent and participative.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Government has incorporated digital governance for empowerment of India and to provide good governance. Integrity, accountability and transparency come from digital platforms. It is through digitization that the Government has saved 58 thousand crore rupees from pilferage. He said that the Government is proposing to link driving license with Aadhaar number to stop their duplication. Several crore fake gas connections have been identified after being linked with Aadhaar numbers, he said. Fictitious bank accounts will not be possible once these are linked with Aadhaar. He said that digital spread is to ensure participative India. Today, four crore digital transactions are happening in the country which is quite high compared to what used to be a few years back. Access to justice is also good governance and judiciary should also look into this aspect, he said.
Earlier, NHRC Chairperson, Shri Justice H. L. Dattu said that good governance is rooted in the empowerment of people and this can help foster respect and protection for human rights. Principles of human rights help guide the development of legislations, policies, programme and budgetary allocation. He said that the proper implementation of good governance will also lead to the effective realization of the UN’s 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
The suggestions which emerged during the two-day discussions among various stakeholders, included, among others, improvement in health care system, quality education, infrastructure and research to create a database; putting in place a system to check corruption and change in mindsets for compliance by States.The seminar was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh yesterday.
The participants included NHRC Members, Shri Justice P.C. Ghose, Shri Justice D. Murugesan, Shri S.C. Sinha, Ms. Jyotika Kalra, Secretary General, Shri Ambuj Sharma, Chairperson and Members of State Human Rights Commissions and other Commissions, senior officers of the Central and State Governments, members of core group and committees of NHRC, media persons, NGOs, academicians, research schola