Rule of law must for good governance,says Pranab

Adherence to the rule of law was the fundamental prerequisite to good governance,President Pranab Mukherjee said

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 7, 2013 1:29 am

Adherence to the rule of law was the fundamental prerequisite to good governance,President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday,while calling upon law enforcement agencies to ensure that no crime goes unpunished.

Mukherjee was delivering the annual D P Kohli Memorial lecture at the CBI’s foundation day. The subject of his lecture was ‘Good Governance: Empowering Institutions,Society and Public’.

“Good governance is critically dependent on the existence of some fundamental prerequisites. At the core is the inviolable adherence to the rule of law. From it would emanate critical need for participatory decision-making structure,transparency,responsiveness,accountability,equity and inclusiveness,” the President said. “It is important to ensure speedy and thorough investigation of allegations. The prosecution should also be speedy so that the guilty are punished without delay. This would enhance the deterrent value of punishment.”

Lack of good governance,he said,“robs the citizenry of their security,and their social and economic rights”.

He said that while remarkable progress in “several grids” of good governance had been achieved since Independence,the country needed to improve participatory decision making,the application of rule of law,enhance transparency,increase accountability and promote greater equity and inclusiveness.

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said the agency will “thoroughly assess” its affairs in its golden jubilee year to frame a plan on building a CBI of the future that will be at par with the finest law enforcement institutions in the world.

“While CBI of today has the foundation of a world class enforcement agency,we need to take note of the dynamic changes in the environment. There are growing grassroots voices against corruption. The public expects us to act with greater effectiveness and speed. The advances in information technology are increasingly encompassing most areas of work. New age cyber and economic crimes need new skills and upgradation of existing knowledge,” he said.

“Anti-corruption is moving to the mainstream of international economic relations. The increasing engagement of the Indian economy with ASEAN,EU and SAARC member countries is expected to have major implications on the nature of our work…. In short,CBI has to prepare to work across the globe. This can only be done by putting in place the requisite human and systems capacity backed with a clear vision for the future,” the CBI director said.

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