Panel discussion on Good Governance: Positive Contribution of Vigilance

Author(s): City Air NewsPanel discussion being held at Rajindra Gymkhana & Mahendra Club, Patiala on the topic “Good Governance: Positive Contribution of Vigilance”, the event is being conducted by State Bank of Patiala in association...

Panel discussion on Good Governance: Positive Contribution of Vigilance
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Panel discussion being held at Rajindra Gymkhana & Mahendra Club, Patiala on the topic “Good Governance: Positive Contribution of Vigilance”, the event is being conducted by State Bank of Patiala in association with Rajindra Gymkhana & Mahendra Club, Patiala.

Patiala, November 1, 2013: Another panel discussion was held at Rajindra Gymkhana & Mahendra Club, Patiala on the topic “Good Governance: Positive Contribution of Vigilance”.

The event was conducted by State Bank of Patiala in association with Rajindra Gymkhana & Mahendra Club, Patiala. 

The panel comprised T.R.Sarangal, IAS (Retd.), Director,  Mahatama Gandhi Institute of Public Administration, Er. S.K.Anand, Advisor PSERC (Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission), Subhash Arora, Director Finance, PSPCL, Kamal Sachdeva Additional Attorney General, Punjab, Dr. K.V.S.Sidhu, Director (Enforcement) Retd., Anil Arora, CA, Director on the local Board of SBI, Ravinder Kaushal, Member Bar Association, Dr. Dharam Vir Gandhi, Cardioligist,  Dr. Sudhir Varma, Cardiologist & Secretary RGMC  and  Prem Kumar Chophla, Chief Vigilance Officer, State Bank of Patiala.  Participants included Executive Members of RGMC, Officers from State Bank of Patiala, Chartered Accountants, Professors from Government Mohindra College, Patiala.

K.V.S.Sidhu, President, RGMC welcomed the guests while CVO, SBOP coordinated the panel discussions.  Dr. Sudhir Varma initiated discussions and mentioned that Governments role in a democracy should be as facilitators for development rather than as an ‘authority to govern’.

Sarangal highlighted the fact that our development and growth has not been inclusive.  He also stated that ‘corruption’ is working as a huge impediment to achieving our economic development potential and vigilance ‘function’ can help improve systems for ‘better governance’,  which is need of the day.  Anand brought out that there are several government schemes entailing deployment of huge amount of funds; but these are not achieving the intended purpose in the absence of ‘good governance’. He felt that the government is a ‘big corporate’ lacking proper/adequate HR system. Strengthening and freedom of institutions, like regulators, vigilance, NGOs , media and judiciary was required to push for better governance practices. He quoted the recent Supreme Court directors for setting up body for regulating bureaucrats’ transfers as an example in this context.

Panel discussions concluded with vote of thanks by Vinod Dhundia, Vice President, RGMC.

Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2013