The two-week long 60th capacity building programme (CBP) for the civil servants of Bangladesh organised by the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) concluded on Thursday (June 2).
Following the completion of the first phase of CBP for 1,500 civil servants, NCGG signed MoU with Bangladesh government to enhance the capacity of additional 1,800 civil servants by 2025.
The 21st century is billed as the 'Asian century'. It offers an opportunity to South Asian countries to transform themselves into developed countries and enhance the quality of life of their citizens. To achieve this goal, it is important to foster mutual learning and concentrate on citizen-centric public policies and good governance by adopting e-governance.
The Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greatly helping developing nations in their endeavour to strengthen the capabilities of their civil servants and technocrats.
The valedictory session of the 60th CBP for civil servants of Bangladesh was chaired by Bharat Lal, Director General of NCGG.
In his speech, he highlighted how the capacity building programmes are meticulously curated with the primary objective of facilitating the exchange of knowledge and innovative practices that have been successfully implemented in India to enhance governance and public service delivery.
Through the exchange of best practices, he said India aims to contribute to the development and strengthening of governance systems globally.
By adopting a people-centered approach and focusing on effective problem-solving, civil servants can contribute significantly to the well-being of the public and foster trust in the governance system.
The DG urged them to work with speed and scale to provide access to basic amenities such as housing, water, toilets, cooking gas, education, healthcare, financial services, and skill development among others.
He underscored that the ‘Asian century’ represents a transformative phase, where South Asian countries must emerge as major global players. With a rich cultural heritage, diverse economies, and a young and dynamic population, South Asia possesses the necessary ingredients for sustainable growth and development, he added.
Bharat Lal emphasised the importance of leveraging these strengths to address common challenges, uplift marginalized communities, and improve the lives of citizens in this region. To expedite the socio-economic development in the Global South, it is imperative to prioritize the inclusion and empowerment of women.
By ensuring high-quality public services and creating a favourable environment, women can actively participate in the workforce and engage in meaningful economic activities, thereby enhancing overall productivity.
He emphasized the need for robust measures to prevent leakages and ensure the proper utilization of resources. Additionally, he highlighted the importance of fostering strong India–Bangladesh relations, emphasizing that this relation should encompass various developmental endeavours.
The DG further urged the officers to actively share their best practices and learning as part of the NCGG alumni. This sharing of experiences and expertise can foster innovation, inspire new approaches, and promote positive change in governance and public administration worldwide.
AP Singh, course coordinator in his address highlighted the diversity of topics covered in the 60th capacity building programme. These initiatives include various aspects of governance, digital transformation, developmental schemes, and sustainable practices.
Among the topics covered is the changing paradigm of governance, case studies on digital governance, housing for all, best practices from different development schemes, eco-friendly smart city planning, composite culture of India, Aadhar's role in good governance, disaster management, public-private partnerships, health sector optimization, leadership and communication, e-governance, Digital India, PM Gati Shakti Yojana, Government e-Marketplace, green energy, efficient public service delivery, vigilance administration, women-centric governance, anti-corruption strategies, circular economy, and election management.
He also highlighted that the participants of the programme had the valuable opportunity to partake in exposure visits, which proved to augment their overall learning journey. Among the planned visits were the district administration in Saharanpur, the Parliament of India, and the Pradhanmantri Sanghralaya, among others.
NCGG in partnership with MEA has imparted training to civil servants of 15 countries -- Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia, Seychelles, Gambia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Cambodia.