Bangladesh civil servants attend India’s ‘highly sought after’ NCGG training


A two-week training programme for the civil servants of Bangladesh, Maldives and state of Arunachal Pradesh has been completed in India.

This is to further Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of development and prosperity of the entire neighbourhood, said a press release of the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

NCGG is working on to create a pool of well-trained civil servants to address emerging challenges. North-East India is a focused area of them.

 Known for content and delivery, the capacity building programme is highly sought after and NCGG is expanding its capacity to accommodate a higher number of civil servants from various countries as well as various states/ UTs of India as per their requirement.

The apex-level autonomous institution of the government of India is expanding and scaling up its activities in accordance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas to improve the quality of life people of the country as well as of neghbourhood.

The two-week programme that ended on January 20 was attended by 87 officers comprising 39 civil servants from Bangladesh (56th batch), 26 civil servants from Maldives (20th batch) and 22 civil servants from Arunachal Pradesh (1st batch).

In a first, officers from Arunachal Pradesh were trained at NCGG, both at Mussoorie and New Delhi. 

Upholding the spirit of Modi’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, NCGG in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India has been helping neighbouring countries among others, in building capacities of their civil servants. 

NCGG designs and implements capacity-building programmes that focus on various aspects of good governance and transparent administration for assured public service delivery to improve the quality of life of people, according to the press release.

For the first time, sessions were held jointly to facilitate intellectual interactions and deliberations among participants from three countries. 

The two-week capacity building programme was scientifically tailored by the NCGG team and included the exchange of vast information, knowledge, new ideas, and best practices that promote citizen-centric governance. 

The sessions for each training programme were firmed up by the NCGG faculty based on the need of the respective countries and in consultation with Indian Missions.

 The civil servants interacted with domain experts on diverse topics, viz. e-governance, the vision of India @ 2047 and the role of civil servants, decentralised municipal solid waste management, digital India, potential & challenges of the power sector in Arunachal Pradesh, approach to SDGs by 2030, health governance in India, climate change and its impact on biodiversity – policies and global practices, anti-corruption practices, LiFE, circular economy, etc. among other important areas.

The valedictory session was held on the 20th January and was addressed by S K Jaiswal, Director, CBI. He emphasised the decisive and multi-pronged action taken against corruption in India. 

Dwelling deep, he detailed how a number of preventive steps taken by the government with the massive use of information technology and emphasis on ensuring transparency, to root out corruption with huge success.

 Transparency, accountability, and centrality of citizens have become the hallmark of today’s governance in India, he added. 

Dr. A P Singh (Maldives), Dr. B S Bisht (Arunachal Pradesh) and Dr. Mukesh Bhandari (Bangladesh) coordinated the programme.

The NCGG was set up in 2014. It also works as a think tank of the government. So far, it has imparted training to civil servants of 15 countries including Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia, Seychelles, Gambia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Laos, Vietnam, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Cambodia.