Experts call for people participation in governance

In a panel discussion on 'Good Governance' held on Tuesday experts from various fields and representatives of voluntary organisations held forth on why people should play a proactive role in improving governance.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: February 11, 2009 3:39:51 am

In a panel discussion on ‘Good Governance’ held on Tuesday experts from various fields and representatives of voluntary organisations held forth on why people should play a proactive role in improving governance. “In order to exterminate evils like poverty,illiteracy,crime and corruption from the society,we need to act as a watchdog. People need to participate in governance,” was the collective statement that came out of this discussion.

It was also pointed out that the environment should be conducive to whistleblowers and the society should not subject them to humiliation.

Director of Thermax Ltd,Anu Aga said,”After 60 years of independence,India still has 49 per cent population which is malnourished,while China is way below as compared to India with only 10 per cent. While a section of the population starve many splurge.”

According to former director of Symbiosis Institute of International Business Dr Bs Ks Chopra good governance means religiously following the Constitution.

Aneeta Beninger,activist-lawyer and founder of Sahyog Trust said,”People are not aware of the powers given to them by the Constitution. We look at our government as our Raja,while ourselves as its praja,its subject.”

Asim Sarode,human rights lawyer said there are no set norms for stepping into politics. “At present,we do not have any mechanism to keep a check on the behaviour of the aspiring politicians,” he added.

“People too need to stand up and not expect the government to do the job for them all the time,” said Vinod Mathew,Resident Editor of The Indian Express.

The discussion was moderated by DVR Rao,general secretary of Professionals Party of India.

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