His Excellency the President of India Sri. Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Mobile E-governance Service at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre today. Earlier Chief Minister Shri Siddaramaiah received Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of Inida at Yalahanka IAF Air Base.
The Cheif Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah said on the occasion “This is one of the most precious moments of my life.With the launch of Mobile Governance, I am overwhelmed by the fact that we can now be close to our citizens in the State,in a unique and unparalleled manner.” he remebered Sir M Visvesvaraya,and called him ” one of India’s greatest engineers and more importantly, an illustrious son of Karnataka” . Shri Siddaramaiah took pride in century old Industrilization of the state. he added ” We take pride in saying that we have a 100 year legacy of industrialization. Our economic development has always been inspired by the clarion call ” CM Shri Siddaramaiah futher stated that ” This legacy has continued and today Karnataka is a leader in Information Technology, a leader not just in India,not just in Asia, but in the whole World.
Karnataka is, again, the first Indian State to bring out an investor-friendly i-4 (Information Technology, Information Technology-enabled Services, Innovation and Incentives) Policy, along with many other policies, which makes us a preferred hotspot for investments.”
Speaking on the occasion, the President said Happiness of citizens is the foremost objective of a welfare state. It is the fulcrum on which rests it’s other goals. Driving its fulfilment calls for good governance that has such sacrosanct elements as adherence to rule of law, participatory decision-making, equity, inclusiveness, responsiveness, transparency and accountability. The key parameter of success of public programmes is the meeting of the expectations of people. In the context of good governance, it implies the availability of effective delivery mechanisms.
The President said responsiveness in catering to the needs of the citizens is a challenge the public administration of our country has to deal with. The efficacy of public institutions depends on the delivery mechanism and the institutional framework of rules, regulations and procedures, which has to evolve continuously to respond to changing times. There is pressing need, on the one hand, to improve organizational capabilities to cater to the increasing demand for services and improvement in the quality of service delivery, and on the other, to improve transparency and accountability. This underscores the need for innovative solutions based on technology.