Governance Current Affairs - 2020
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The 23rd National Conference on E-Governance was held in Mumbai to transform governance using digital technologies. The conference adopted Mumbai Declaration.
The Conference also assessed the national e-governance services being delivered by all the states and Union Territories. Delhi, Chandigarh and Daman and Diu emerged as the leaders in delivering e-governance services among Union Territories. Among the states, Haryana and Rajasthan emerged as leaders.
The Conference also awarded the National E-Governance awards.
The awards were presented to government entities that excelled in implementing National E-Governance initiatives. National Health Authority and Ayushman Bharat received gold awards under the category of government process re-engineering for Digital Transformation. Under the category of providing citizen-centric delivery of services, Department of IT of Haryana received the gold medal.
The golden award for outstanding research on citizen-centric services was presented to IIT Roorkee’s Satellite based agriculture information system. Among the North-Eastern States, Nagaland won the first rank.
Tags: Conferences • Digital Connectivity • Digital Transformation • e-governance • Governance
In order to achieve minimum government and maximum governance, the Budget 2020-21 has allocated funds for the following
Tax Payer Charter introduced
The Budget allocated funds to institutionalize a Tax Payer Charter. This is to ensure fairness and avoid harassments in the quest of collecting taxes from the citizens. Only three countries in the world so far have enshrined the rights of taxpayers namely Canada, Australia and US Through tax payer charter, India joins the list.
National Recruitment Agency to be established
The Companies Act, 2013 is to be amended. Major reforms in the recruitment processes of non-Gazetted posts in Government administration and public sector banks are to be introduced. As this process involves immense effort, cost and time, a National Recruitment Agency is to be established. The Agency will conduct multiple examinations and also computer based Online Common Eligibility Test. A Test Centre at every Aspirational District is to be set up.
Also, a robust mechanism will be introduced to absorb best talents and professionals for speedy disposal of commercial and other disputes.
National Policy on Official Statistics to be introduced
The GoI has witnessed the need for the Indian Statistical System to meet the challenges of the increasing complexity of the economy. In order to achieve this, National Policy on Official Statistics will be introduced. The policy will lay down a road map towards data collection, timely dissemination of information and integrated information portal.
G 20 presidency of India – FUND ALLOCATION
India is to preside over the G 20 meeting in the year 2022 (the year India is celebrating its 75th anniversary). To kick start the preparations, by 2021, the Budget has allocated 100 crores.
North East and J&K-FUND ALLOCATION
Government has been ensuring smooth access to financial assistance to the North East Region. Also, the GoI has been supporting the all-round development of newly formed Union Territories Ladakh and J&K.
In order to strengthen these measures, The Budget 2020-21 has allocated 30,757 crores. For the Union Territory of Ladakh, the Budget allocated 5,958 crores.
Tags: funds • G 20 • Governance • Jammu and Kashmir • Ladakh