Mann Ki Baat is a radio program on All India Radio hosted by Premier Narendra Modi of India every month. The Prime Minister addresses the nation on radio, DD National and DD News through this month. Radio has been made the means of the broadcast because television is not accessible in certain parts of the country.
In the past two years of the incumbent government, multiple people-friendly measures have been initiated and implemented. E-governance is one of the prime initiatives, and has been adopted using information and communication technology with the objective of taking government services meant for citizens to the doorsteps of people. E-governance has become the buzzword for good governance to make government agencies responsive, transparent and accountable.
To illustrate the government’s focus on using technology, we feel it appropriate to quote the Premier,” “We are transforming the wheels of government and integrating latest technology to make systems more transparent, effective and participative. Each and every citizen of India will benefit from this.”
What is good governance all about?
Rule of law
Good governance, as the common people understand, involves ensuring rule of law, a notion when implemented results in everything going in accordance with rules framed as per the official procedure rather than the arbitrary personal decisions of officials.
People should be made aware of the rules and laws that govern them. For this, the government should make sure adequate arrangements, such as e-governance, are in place.
In a country of India’s size, demography, social and economic conditions, all citizens should be treated with equality. They should be entitled, to quote the Constitution, to equality before law and equal protection of law. In this context, e-governance makes sure that people can access the government’s services regardless of their background – social, economic, domicile, or community.
All the decisions made by the government should be transparent and the government should be made accountable to ensure the services are of best quality and reach people on time.
Participative governance, or `Jan-Bhagidari’ is a new facet added to e-governance by Prime Minister Modi. This calls for people’s participation in the governance process. It aims to combine transparency and clean governance in administration by involving citizens in the process of making policies and their effective implementation.
Why good governance?
Recent years have witnessed increasing involvement of the citizens in advising the government and participating in policy formulation. The growth of social media has further fueled the trend. Decision making and policy formulation have become participatory for everyone, thus helping governments make more people-friendly policies and decisions. Good governance helps authorities reach the goal of governance as per various policies in place for the purpose.
The government’s penchant for good governance has led to e-governance norms. The Premier’s MyGov and Mann Ki Baat are classic examples of good e-governance, and are a great vehicle for ensuring good governance by digitally empowering people (with the aid of necessary digital infrastructure so that each citizen can use it as a core utility). Citizens can express their ideas on issues of public interest on the official website.
Interestingly, you can reach Mann Ki Baat and listen to the Prime Minister’s address in the language of your choice by simply giving a missed call at 1922.
Mann Ki Baat has become an effective platform for the Premier to express his views, and participate in debates with citizens across the country. Listening to Mann Ki Baat can help rekindle the minds of the citizens and inspire them to dedicate themselves to effectively participate in ensuring good governance.