New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) With the Narendra Modi government set to complete the first year of its second term later this month, a think tank associated with the ruling BJP will launch a five-day online course in good governance, where several serving and retired officials are expected to address the participants on a variety of topics.
BJP vice president and MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who heads the Public Policy Research Centre, said the course will be open for all and above any partisan politics, while asserting that it is aimed at expanding 'good governance literacy'.
Interacting with reporters through video conference, he said the Modi government has worked to deliver on good governance since it first came to power in 2014, and its emphasis on last-mile delivery, efficient execution of schemes and use of technology to this effect played a key role in its return to power in 2019.
With the Modi government's second term completing its first year on May 30, the day PPRC will start its course as well, Sahasrabuddhe said implementation of BJP's promises, including the nullification of Article 370 provisions, timely and coordinated actions using technology as 'seen' in combating COVID-19, and call for self-reliance have been the hallmarks of the first year.
About the course, he said it will be first of its kind and innovative.
PPRC Director Sumeet Bhasin said the Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, who has been the face of the government's briefings on the coronavirus crisis, and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant may speak to participants of the course, which will also highlight the government's efforts to combat COVID-19.
Asked about the coronavirus crisis' impact on political campaigns for upcoming elections, Sahasrabuddhe said it is too early to say how this will play out. The BJP, he said, is a well-oiled organisation and its machinery is ready for polls whenever they are announced. PTI KR NSD NSD