A heartening development in the Indian politics in the recent years is, increasing focus on governance. Elections have been contested and won on the plank of "good governance." States are trying to outdo each other in implementation of good governance practices.
Sometime back Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ambitious target of 175 GW by 2022 for renewable energy. India has a low consumption of energy and will need to increase it several fold in the coming decades. With the global community working on reducing carbon footprint and the commitment of each nation being already in public domain with the international community as Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), the pressures for improving energy efficiency and increasing share of non-fossil fuel generation has become more intense.
B K Chaturvedi
Transformation is a long and arduous journey that will require participation of all the people. It is, in fact, a combination of several small elements coupled with steps, which one-day will yield commensurate results. Eighteen months of the current government in power has commonly been questioned by people. To my mind, efforts in slowing down the economic slide and reversing its trend is the single most important achievement. It is not easy to transform countries.
In most countries, the social security, as it is defined by most governments, is the government support to people in their old age by provision of some form of an income support. This may be contributory or not. This is the first level of support, which may not be enough to meet needs of old age. This is supplemented by pensions.
Initially when we started digital certificates online, it was transformative. The beginning was small, but today it has started touching our lives at each step that covers a whole gamut of services. The talk of a private space on a public cloud or digital locker is something, which one could never think of. But given today's context, this appears to be the way to go.
The interface between the citizen and the government is improving. The social equalisation is bringing people together. There is free flow of information and coupled with easy access, it is empowering people like never before. This kind of transformation was perhaps unimaginable a decade ago. Technology has come a long way and this is the essence of true Digital India where all citizens are going to be Digital Citizens in times to come.
Based on the learnings of implementation of urban development schemes in the country in the past and particularly, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), a paradigm shift has been brought in our efforts to recast the country's urban landscape. The essential features of this new approach being: bottom-up planning, based on citizen participation in prioritisation of projects and formulation of plans, complete autonomy for states and urban local bodies in appraising and approving projects, selection of cities and towns for inclusion in new urban sector schemes and allocation and release of funds based on an objective criteria, convergence of different schemes to enable integrated planning and better utilisation of resources of central and state governments and unprecedented resource empowerment of states and urban local bodies.
M Venkaiah Naidu
Gurgaon will be a Smart City in addition to Karnal and Faridabad. May be, we will not get the financial assistance from the Centre meant under the Smart City Mission, we will develop it from the state funds. The Central government will provide the technical assistance in the first phase. Considering the population of the state only two cities had to be chosen from Haryana in the list of 100 Smart Cities to be developed with the Central government assistance across the country.
Manohar Lal Khattar
Skoch Smart Governance Awards, which were recently held in Delhi, threw up some encouraging and laudatory statistics.