Hyderabad: The book "Bringing Governments and People Closer" A development practitioner's prescription was launched through virtual mode on March 20th, 2021 by the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu.
The book was authored by Dr M Ramachandran, IAS (Retd), Chancellor, The ICFAI University, Dehradun The ICFAI Group has facilitated the book launch ceremony.
The chief guest, Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu in his address lauded the author for his commendable work of bringing out such an excellent book.
He also highlighted that the author with his rich experience as a distinguished civil servant in various capacities has rightly portrayed the need to bring governments closer to people and illustrated various ways through which the objective can be accomplished. He has also expressed that, "Bringing the government and people closer is the need of the hour and specified that it is a timely reminder for introspection."
"Governance should help in increasing every citizen's Happiness Quotient," Vice President said. He invited youngsters and the student population to study the impact of COVID in the villages of India. He mentioned that rural India was relatively unaffected because of open spaces and the circulation of clean air, whereas Western countries were affected more because of closed spaces. Good governance means good health and open-mindedness.
The Vice President observed democratic governments should always be closer to the people and felt that the "Gap is huge between intent & implementation and policy and practices." Hassle-free systems and efficient delivery mechanisms are very important in order to narrow the gaps. "Good governance means good living for the People and improved quality of life and ease of living. Since today is World Happiness Day," he mentioned.