HYDERABAD, Feb 27: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that in 2014, the Modi Government had taken over with the commitment to give “maximum governance, minimum government” and at the same time, switch-over to e-Governance. Looking back nearly four years, he said, we stand vindicated as our successful headway into e-Governance has led to conspicuous “ease of governance” which, in turn, is linked to the “ease of living” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisages for “New India”.
Addressing the two-day “National Conference on e-Governance”, Dr Jitendra Singh said, one of the earliest statements made by Prime Minister Modi when this government took over was, “Can we move the Government of India out of Vigyan Bhawan?”. Looking back today, he said, we can say with all the confidence that in the last three years, we have carried the Ministry of Personnel and Department of Administrative Reforms to every nook and corner of India. In our successful bid to hold Regional Conferences on Governance, we have in the last three years, covered venues as far apart as Guwahati, Jammu, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Hyderabad.
In the last three years, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Ministry of Personnel and the Department of Administrative Reforms have not only become very much visible, but have established credentials as important organ of the government which innovates, researches and evolves models for others to follow. It has grown as a true R&D (Research & Development) wing, living up to the Mantra of “reform, perform and transform”.
Dr Jitendra Singh laid out the Government’s target of universalizing Digital Literacy by the year 2022 and the optimum use of JAM trinity based on “Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile”. He also enumerated several unique initiatives taken in last three years, which include a total revolutionizing change in the format of PM Excellence Awards, abolition of interviews for lower level posts and switch-over to Pension Portal.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, CPGRAMS portal has emerged as a role model, not only receiving nearly seven-times more number of complaints compared to earlier years, but also registering over 90% disposal on an average. He called upon the State governments to follow the best practices developed by the Department of ARPG and the Ministry of Personnel.
Union Secretary ARPG K.V. Eapen, Addl. Secretary ARPG Vasudha Mishra and Addl. Chief Secretary Telangana Ajay Mishra, among others, also spoke on the occasion.