CM plans New Year gift for Bihar: Centre for Good Governance

Come January the Bihar government will set up the Centre for Good Governance (CGG) to conduct research and guide the state government on best governance practices.

The move comes a week after the Nitish Kumar government passed the Bihar Lokayukta Bill, 2011. The state government has also implemented the Right to Public Services Act (RTPS) from August 15.

The CGG, which will be based at Patna, will work as a society headed by a director general who will be appointed by the state government committee chaired by the chief secretary. The CGG will be under the General Administration Department (GAD), headed by the Chief Minister.

GAD principal secretary Deepak Kumar said, “We have issued a circular on the formation of the CGG. The director general and other members will be appointed in January. The society will have a separate budget allocation for detailed research, field visits, trips to other states and countries to study best governance practices.” Kumar said the state government, after having initiated a host of good governance initiatives, including implementation of the RTPS, felt the need for building a research body that can guide the government on policy formulation and fine points of its implementation. “We will choose experts of national and international repute and get heads of technical institutes for CGG, which will have its by-laws and memorandum of association,” Kumar added.

A governing council having chief secretary, development commissioner and principal secretaries from GAD and finance will meet every year to review the CGG’s functioning. Key areas of research will be road, electricity, health, education, water resources, agriculture, industry and planning. Experts will have to travel to inner pockets of Bihar to formulate policies keeping the underprivileged in mind.

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