The National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) was set up in 2014 by the Government of India as an apex–level autonomous institution under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. The Centre traces its origin to the National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR), which was set up in 1995 by the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), the Government of India's topmost training institute for civil services. NIAR was subsequently rechristened and subsumed into NCGG.
NCGG deals with a gamut of governance issues from local, state to national levels, across all sectors. The Centre is mandated to work in the areas of governance, policy reforms, capacity building and training of civil servants and technocrats of India and other developing countries. It also works as a think tank.
Since its inception, the Centre has been extensively working in areas such as primary and elementary education, decentralized planning at district and block levels, capacity building of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs), participatory models of learning and action, rural development, cooperatives, and public sector management, etc. In addition, it focuses on issues related to good governance, social accountability, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), among other sectors.
The Centre encapsulates the essence of good governance and weighs on the importance of the rule of law, bringing in transparency, working to promote public participation in governance, service delivery and reforms, as well as in developing accountable institutions, access to information, etc.
As India marches ahead with speed and scale by adopting progressive policies and digital governance as the mantra for the development and empowerment of citizens, NCCG’s role and responsibility have become even more crucial.
- To be a think tank for governance and policy reforms, cutting across administrative, social, economic, and financial spheres;
- To function as a national repository of information on best practices, initiatives and methodologies that promote good governance, e-governance, innovation and change management within the government and its parastatal organizations;
- To initiate and participate in action research and capacity-building on various aspects of regulatory and development administration, public policy, governance, and public management at the national, state, and local levels;
- To advise on key issues in governance and develop synergy across various ministries/ departments of the Government of India and various state governments;
- To promote sharing and replication of innovative ideas and best practices in governance; and
- To interact with national and international organizations, in and outside the government, engaged in research and capacity building in these spheres.
The affairs of the NCGG are managed under the overall superintendence and direction of the Governing Body, which is headed by the Cabinet Secretary. It has Secretaries of 9 ministries/ departments and 5 eminent persons viz. academicians, eminent administrators, specialists, eminent innovators, heads of reputed institutions as members. The Director General, who is the Chief Executive of NCGG acts as the Member–Secretary of the Governing Body.
|2.||Secretary,D/o Administrative Reforms & PG||Vice- Chairperson|
|3.||Secretary, D/o Personnel and Training||Member|
|4.||Secretary, D/o Rural Development||Member|
|5.||Secretary, M/o Housing and Urban Affairs||Member|
|6.||Secretary, D/o Health and Family Welfare||Member|
|7.||Secretary, D/o Higher Education||Member|
|8.||Secretary, D/o Economic Affairs||Member|
|9.||Secretary, M/o Electronic and Information Technology||Member|
|10.||Secretary, D/o Agriculture, Cooperation & FW||Member|
|11.||Academicians / Eminent Administrators / Specialist / Eminent Innovators / Heads of reputed institutes||Member (5)|
|12.||Director General, NCGG||Member Secretary|
The NCGG also has a Management Committee, which is responsible for the administration and management of the society with regards to detailed plans, monitoring and implementation of programmes, contributions, and funds of the society, etc. The management committee consists of 12 ex-officio members, headed by the Secretary, DARPG as Chairperson, with Secretaries of 9 ministries/ departments or their nominee, Secretary coordination from Cabinet Secretariat and Director General, NCGG as Member Secretary.
|1.||Secretary, D/o Administrative Reforms &PG||Chairperson(Ex-officio)|
|2.||Secretary Coordination, Cabinet Secretariat||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|3.||SS/AS & FA (Home)||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|Secretaries or their nominee not below the level of JS|
|4.||D/o Personnel & Training||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|5.||D/o Rural Development||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|6.||M/o Housing and Urban Affairs||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|7.||D/o Health & Family Welfare||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|8.||D/o Higher Education||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|9.||D/o Economic Affairs||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|10.||M/o Electronic and Information Technology||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|11.||D/o Agriculture, Cooperation & FW||Member (Ex-Officio)|
|12.||Director General, NCGG||Member Secretary|