This blog post is about PM Narendra Modi’s initiative to involve the common man in governance. Such initiatives do not get enough limelight, despite the fact that there haven’t been such initiatives in the past. There may be reasons to hate Narendra Modi but I think we got to be objective about our criticism. Criticize him where he is wrong and appreciate him where he is right. I think this approach to criticism should be practiced by everyone.
My Gov is a welcome initiative that is going to revolutionize governance. We people earlier did not have a say in governance. Now with this initiative we have a forum to give our ideas and suggestions for shaping government policies. Isn’t that true democracy? Government of the people, for the people and by the people is how democracy is defined. Theoretically this has been true but it is off late in Modi’s rule that we are seeing that being put into practice. These are early days but well begun is half done, isn’t it?
A brief overview of how it works. When we go to http://mygov.in , you will find “Discuss” and “Do” mentioned on the home page. “Discuss” is the option to go for if you wish to give suggestions and ideas. “Do” is the option for someone who can actually contribute more actively by doing some tasks. You can be part of up to 5 groups. Following are the list of groups available as of now:
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
Caring for the specially abled
Expenditure Management Commission
Girl Child Education
Manual Scavenging – Free India
Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
Swachh Bharat (Clean India)
I think one can easily identify groups to which they can contribute.
Creative Corner is another nice initiative for the creative types. You can help in designing logos or suggest taglines.
Basically all those who are critical of the government for not giving ears to citizen's suggestions and ideas, should give http://mygov.in a try. How successful this initiative will be is something that only time will tell. For now we need to be positive and appreciate the fact that there is a forum available for citizens of India to contribute towards good governance.