Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
3. The local bodies in India must aspire to move towards smart and inclusive governance while promoting transparency and efficiency. Discuss the steps that needed to be taken in this regard. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Tough
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
Citizens believe that although the public service delivery and governance has improved, there is more room for progress.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about steps that are needed to improve the performances of local bodies.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by giving context of rapid urbanisation and greater demand of good governance from the villages and a need to rethink of governance of the local bodies.
Mention about various fields in which Government services need a fresh look such as the critical role of IT infrastructure, need for a climate resilient planning of policies, citizen centric governance, smart budgeting, linkage across various departments in order to promote transparency and efficiency.
Cite examples and mention how the above can be included in the local administration.
Conclude by saying that modern day issues need modern solutions that are both sustainable and scalable.