The Good Governance Day is annually observed across India on 25th December to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister(PM) of India, who was born on 25th December 1924 in Gwalior, Gwalior State (now Madhya Pradesh), British India.
- 25th December 2021, the ‘8th Good Governance Day’ marks the 97th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
i.In 2014, The Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the 25th December of every year, the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as Good Governance Day.
ii.The first ever Good Governance Day was observed on 25th December 2014.
About Atal Bihari Vajpayee:
i.Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
ii.He served as the PM of India for 3 terms first from 16 May to 1 June 1996, 2nd term from March 1998 to April 1999 and then a full term from 19 March 1998 to 22 May 2004.
ii.He was the first PM since Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to have become the PM of India with 2 successive mandates.
i.He was honoured with Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, in 2015.
ii.In 1992 he was honoured with Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, for public affairs.
MoHUA Launched Roadmap to Make Urban India ‘Garbage Free’:
On 24th December 2021, the eve of Good Governance Day, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the ‘[email protected] Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities(GFC)- Toolkit 2022′, a governance tool of waste management.
About Garbage Free Cities(GFC):
i.In October 2021, PM Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0(SBM-U 2.0) with an aim to create “Garbage Free Cities(GFC)”.
ii.During the recent certification exercise for GFC, around 50% of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), i.e., 2238 cities, participated in the exercise, among which, 299 cities have been certified (9 cities rated as 5-star, 143 cities rated as 3-star and 147 cities as 1-star.)
Good Governance Week – 20 to 25th December 2021
The Good Governance Week was celebrated from 20th to 25th December 2021 as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration with the motto of taking good administration down to the villages.
- The theme of Good Governance Week is “Prashasan Gaon Ki Aur”
On 25th December 2021, “Good Governance Day” was celebrated during the valedictory session of the Good Governance Week (20 to 25th December) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Inauguration of Good Governance Week:
Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions inaugurated the Good Governance Week on 20th December 2021 at the function organised at the Bhim Auditorium, Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.
- The week was celebrated by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Department of Personnel & Training, Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare and Ministry of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development.
i.Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh launched ‘Prashasan Gaon Ki Aur’, a Nationwide Campaign aimed to redress public grievances and improve service delivery.
ii.He also inaugurated the Exhibition on Good Governance Practices – “शासन की बदलती तस्वीर”.
iii.He also launched the Good Governance Week Portal and will release the booklet on the 2-year achievements of DARPG.
iv.On this occasion a film on “सुशासन सप्ताह– प्रशासन गांव की और” was also screened.
About Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG):
DARPG is one of the 3 departments under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
The Ministry is under the overall charge of the Prime Minister assisted by a Minister of State.
Union Minister– Narendra Modi(Prime Minister)(Constituency- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State– Dr Jitendra Singh(Constituency- Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir)
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi.