We are making each Indian an active agent of social change, VP M Venkaiah Naidu said

Good governance must percolate down to the lowest level, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday.

Vice President Naidu said the Government was emphasizing on technology to achieve minimum government-maximum governance; bridging the gap between the government and people, system and facilities, problems and solutions; eliminating the difficulties and increasing the convenience of the general public.

"It is involving the private sector and the civil society in a big way as partners in shaping the India of tomorrow," he said, while presiding over the 67th Annual Meeting of General Body of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) through video conferencing.

The Vice President pointed out that the government had been making policies and designing programmes that are intended to improve the quality of life of people and make people’s life happy and comfortable by fast-tracking India’s development.

Making a mention of several initiatives by the Government such as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Ayushman Bharat Infrastructure Mission, Ayushman Bharat-Digital Mission and the recently announced 100 lakh crore national infrastructure master plan, ‘Gati Shakti’, the Vice President said that India is clearly on a transformative path.

"We are focusing on people, their hopes and aspirations, their needs and entitlements, their duties and responsibilities. We are making each Indian an active agent of social change," he added.

Appreciating the all-round efforts of various sectors, the Vice President said, "The country is grateful to innumerable civil servants who are making this vision a reality by transforming governance; to the medical professionals combating the current pandemic; to the defence forces securing our borders, to the security personnel who are ensuring our safety; to the farmers ensuring our food security and to the teaching faculty shaping young minds."

He said that they were all translating the progressive legislations enacted by the Government and Parliament to tangible outcomes touching the lives of the people.

Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vice President said that despite the difficult time during the pandemic, the country showed extraordinary resilience to withstand the crisis and successfully tapped into its inner strengths and turned these challenges into opportunities.

"The healthcare infrastructure has been ramped up, production of medicines and vaccines stepped up and we have achieved the milestone of 100-crore vaccination on 21st October 2021," he added.