Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister of India for three times. His first term was for only 13 days in 1996. He served his second term for a period of thirteen months from March 1998 to April 1999 and then a full term from 1999 to 2004. His first entry into parliament was in 1962 through the Rajya Sabha. He was elected to the Lok Sabha seven times. In 2015, Mr Vajpayee was conferred the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
History of Good Governance Day:
The birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 25th of December, was declared in 2014 by the BJP government to be celebrated every year all through the India as a Good Governance Day. It is a great honour for the people of India to celebrate good governance day in India annually on the birth anniversary of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Good Governance Day on the birthday of Atal Bihari Vajpayee was announced first by the department of electronics and information technology of Indian government.
The declaration of the good governance day is done on the basis of “Good Governance through e-Governance”. It was an event which was to be celebrated by inviting all the government officials for meeting and communication which later comprises as the main function. It is celebrated by organizing a day long exhibition and inviting the government officers to participate as well as suggest something about the e-governance and exhibition.
This day celebration in India on 25th of December coincides with the Christmas celebration (a gazetted holiday) however on the good governance day a full working day is declared. It was 90th birthday of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee when it got declared as good governance day.
How to Celebrate the Good Governance Day:
NDA government has declared to celebrate the good governance day on 25th of December every year on the birth anniversary of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has communicated to celebrate the good governance day by organizing variety of activities in the government offices, schools, colleges and other educational institutions.
Students of the schools and colleges participate in many activities such as essay writing competition, debates, group discussion, quiz competitions, sports and so many activities. For the easiness of the students online arrangement of the competitions is also done such as online essay writing, online quiz competition, etc. It is declared that two days long (25th and 26th of December) celebration of the good governance day would take place during which all the students may participate in the activities. It is also confirmed that schools are not necessary to be opened on 25th of December as online competitions are organized.
Students may participate in the competitions or may not as all the online competitions are voluntary. It is not a forceful celebration that students must participate in the competitions. Participation depends on the students desire to participate or not. Students may participate in the competitions from their homes or other places where they can surf internet.
The birth anniversary of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee is declared to celebrate as good governance day to fulfill many objectives of the country:
- To re-engineering of the government processes in order to provide an “open and accountable administration” in the country.
- Good governance day is celebrated to make people aware about the government commitment for providing a transparent and accountable administration in the country.
- It is celebrated to enhance the welfare and betterment of the common citizens in India.
- It is celebrated to standardize the government functioning as well as make it a highly effective and accountable governance for the Indian people.
- It is celebrated to implement the good and effective policies to complete a mission of good governance in India.
- It is celebrated to make government officials aware of their work, internal processes and work with full commitment.
- To enhance the growth and development in the country through good governance.
- To bring citizens closer to the government to make them active participants in the good governance process.