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Senior SL civil servants commence special capacity building programme in India

February 13, Colombo (LNW): Yesterday (Feb 12) marked the inauguration of the inaugural executive batch of the special capacity-building programme for senior civil servants of Sri Lanka, organised by the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) of India, at New Delhi, India’s Press Information Bureau said in a statement.

Scheduled from February 12 to February 17, 2024, the programme convenes fourteen senior civil servant officers from Sri Lanka, encompassing roles such as Secretary to the Prime Minister, Deputy Solicitor General, Directors, and Executive Director, among others.

The NCGG, an autonomous institution under the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions, Government of India, is dedicated to action research, studies, and capacity building in public policy and governance on both national and international fronts.

Aligned with the principles of ‘Vasudeva Kutumbakam’ and the ‘neighbourhoods first’ policy advocated by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the programme aims to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among civil servants, particularly from neighbouring nations.

Focused on Digital Governance, Anti-Corruption Strategies, and Public Policy Institutions, the programme aims to equip participants with invaluable skills and knowledge.

Drawing from India’s best practices, participants will be empowered to drive positive change, enhance transparency, and fortify governance in Sri Lanka, thereby contributing significantly to the country’s progress and the welfare of its citizens.

Shri V Srinivas, Director General of National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) and Secretary of Department of Administration Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), acquainted the participating officers with Administrative Reforms in India and Effective Redressal of Public Grievances, outlining the organisation’s progress, plans, and initiatives in recent years.

The programme will feature thematic sessions on various topics including Digital Public Infrastructure, Government Procurement Transparency, Healthcare Initiatives, and Capacity Building Initiatives, facilitated by senior bureaucrats from relevant ministries and sectors.

Additionally, cultural visits to landmarks such as the National Museum and Taj Mahal have been arranged to provide participants with insights into India’s rich history and heritage.

Supervised by the training team of the NCGG, this capacity-building initiative holds promise in fostering deeper collaboration and enhancing the skill sets of senior civil servants from Sri Lanka, ultimately contributing to the advancement of governance practices in the region.

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