As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and the Foreign Training Branch of the Ministry of Public Administration (MoPA), Government of the People’s Republic Bangladesh, ASCI launched a ten-day "Capacity Building Programme on Good Governance and Effective Public Administration" for the neighbouring country's first batch of officials on March 30, 2016.
In his inaugural address, K.Padmanabhaiah, Chairman, ASCI's Court of Governors, said that decision-making in governance has become a complex exercise in the last five years due to the bigger role being played by the civil society, non-governmental organizations, media and intelligentsia.
To drive his point home, the former Home Secretary cited Anna Hazare’s popular movement for ‘Jan Lokpal’ and the widespread response from various sections across the world against the Government’s decision to continue the University of Hyderabad Vice-Chancellor in the backdrop of the suicide of a student. “The VC had gone on leave and resumed the charge recently but many professors and intellectuals from the world famous universities like Oxford and Cambridge are raising their voice against the VC. The government should invariably consider these voices to take a final call,” he said.
While paying rich tributes to the Banga Bandhu, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Mr.Padmanabhaiah, hailed the giant strides made by Bangladesh in the fields of micro-finance, poverty alleviation, sanitation, inland water transport, universal education, etc.
Prof.Paramita Dasgupta, Director General (I/c), ASCI, in her opening remarks, maintained that formulation of an appropriate policy and its effective implementation through an effective administrative structure constitutes the core of good governance. Listing out a series of programmes conducted by ASCI for the officials of Bangladesh over the years, Prof.Paramita said: "This particular programme has been carefully designed with inputs on different aspects of economic and public policy and issues of policy analysis and implementation. It brings together the conceptual aspects of governance along with practical aspects of implementation and lessons from good practices."
Responding to a question on the ideal relation between a politician and a bureaucrat, Mr.Padmanabhaiah said: “After independence, the relation between political class and civil services went through many phases-ranging from indifference, outright confrontation to one of collusion.” He also maintained that political masters need to be respected, their suggestions and viewpoints are carefully and diligently examined, and all steps must be taken to maintain a healthy relationship.
"ASCI is all set to conduct a series of nine programmes for the officers of the Government of Bangladesh of which six will be for the Deputy Secretary and equivalent level officers (middle-level, with 10-15 years of experience) and three will be for the Joint Secretary and equivalent level officers (senior level, with 20+ years of experience). " Programme Director Prof.M.Chandrasekhar said .
Prof.Prajapati Trivedi, former secretary to Govt of India, Performance Management Division, also interacted with the Bangladesh officers on Day-1.