New Delhi: National development has a special role to play in the federal polity. Keeping this notion in mind, Mr. Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha on Friday evening addressed a packed audience of eager students and teachers in the ‘JIMS Eminent Leader Lecture’ organized at Sai International Auditorium.

Jaitely laid stress on the theme of ‘National Development, Public Accountability and Legal Reforms in India with facts and figures, insightful view points and humourous anecdotes.

Addressing the audience, Jaitely elaborately discussed the importance of legal reforms within a comprehensive development framework. “Legal reform advances freedom which is a crucial and constitutive quality of comprehensive development. A sound legal system is necessary in order to give a platform where the poor have an equal voice in the capitalist system” said Jaitely.

The BJP leader further opined that people’s sovereign power is enshrined in the constitution and is channeled through various governance structures, institutions and officials who exercise the powers on behalf of the public.

The institutions and structures are carefully crafted not only to provide checks and balances on each other, but more importantly, to provide good governance. Unfortunately, good governance does not work without accountability, rule of law, public participation and transparency.

While emphasizing on accountability, he said that accountability must be treated as a key pillar as quest for good governance. The drive toward good governance will be elusive if accountability is not taken seriously.

JIMS chairman, Amit Gupta said that accountability requires the participation of strong, efficient and capable state institutions, civil society organizations, the media and entire citizenry.

JIMS group of higher educational institutions was founded in 1997 by the Jagannath Gupta Memorial Educational Society (Regd.) for providing holistic education to the youth of Delhi, in particular, and the country, in general. JIMS is one of the top 20-B Schools of India as per the Baron B-School Survey 2012.


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