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30th April, 2024 Polity


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Context: The visit of the Secretary and the delegation from the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) to Bangladesh for bilateral discussions regarding the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) India and the Bangladesh Ministry of Public Administration.

About the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG)

  • The National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) was established in 2014 under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
  • It serves as an apex-level autonomous institution focusing on governance, policy reforms, and capacity building for civil servants and technocrats.
  • The centre evolved from the National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR), which originated in 1995 under the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), a prestigious civil services training institute.

Mandate and Focus Areas

  • Governance Issues: NCGG addresses governance challenges at local, state, and national levels, spanning various sectors.
  • Capacity Building: The centre conducts training and capacity-building programs for civil servants and technocrats from India and other developing countries.
  • Think Tank Functions: NCGG operates as a think tank, contributing to governance and policy reforms.
  • Research and Consultancy: It engages in action research, provides consultancy services, and promotes best governance practices.

Key Areas of Work

  • Education and Development: Focus on primary and elementary education, decentralized planning, and capacity building of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
  • Rural Development: Initiatives in rural development, cooperatives, and public sector management.
  • Good Governance and Accountability: Advocacy for good governance, social accountability, and transparency in governance processes.
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): Works on WASH-related issues and other essential sectors.

Objectives of NCGG

  • Think Tank: To provide insights and policy recommendations across administrative, social, economic, and financial domains.
  • Repository of Information: Serves as a national repository of best practices and methodologies in governance, e-governance, and innovation.
  • Capacity Building and Research: Conduct action research and capacity-building activities in regulatory and development administration.
  • Consultancy Services: Offer consultancy services nationally and internationally on governance, public policy, and public management.

Governance Structure

  • Governing Body: Overseas NCGG's affairs, led by the Cabinet Secretary and comprising Secretaries of nine ministries/departments and five eminent persons.
  • Director General: Serves as the Chief Executive and Member-Secretary of the Governing Body, responsible for the centre's operations and management.

Functions and Engagement

  • Advisory Role: Provides advice to the government on governance issues, promoting synergy among various ministries and state governments.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Facilitates sharing and replication of innovative ideas and best practices in governance.
  • International Collaboration: Interacts with national and international organizations engaged in research and capacity building.
  • Resource Mobilization: Raises resources to support activities and manages dedicated funds.


  • NCGG plays a key role in advancing governance practices, fostering transparency, and promoting effective public service delivery through research, training, and advisory services to governments and institutions both within India and internationally.

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