Each Organ of State Should Work in Its Sphere: CBI Director

New Delhi
Each Organ of State Should Work in Its Sphere: CBI Director

Highlighting importance of independence of judiciary, CBI director Ranjit Sinha today said each organ of the state should work within its sphere and avoid interference in each other's working.

Sinha said an independent judiciary was created through Constitution to secure citizens' right to life, liberty and dignity and guard the citizen against the arbitrariness in the actions of the executive.

"The independence of judiciary is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. Everything necessary needs to be done to preserve and protect the independence of our judiciary.

"But this needs to be done while maintaining the delicate balance of power between the organs of the state as enshrined in the Constitution. It is important that each organ of government operates within its own sphere and none takes over functions assigned to the other," he said while speaking on the conclusion of the two-day CII annual meeting here.

Sinha emphasised on the need to address "trust deficit" between people and the government.

"In a parliamentary democracy, the greatest challenge to good governance is to bridge the gap between the expectations of the people and the effectiveness of the delivery mechanisms.

"Effective governance requires effective institutions; and the effectiveness of the institutions– be it the Legislature, the Executive, or the Judiciary– depends on its delivery mechanisms and the framework of supportive rules, regulations and procedures, which need to continuously evolve in response to the changing times and emerging situations," the CBI Director said.

The first and foremost reform, in my view, is to address the trust deficit, he said.

"The colonial administrative systems and procedures reek of lack of trust in the officers who implement the schemes. The powers, administrative and financial, are centralised and the decision making processes are labyrinthine and time consuming," he said.

Sinha said that no government can afford to stick to rigid structures and need to ensure constructive participation of citizens to ensure good governance.

"There has been considerable rethinking in the way the governments conduct their business. Right to Information Act, is able to bring much needed transparency in the way elected governments are functioning," he said.

Slowly yet significantly, the civil society is asserting its right to participate in the making and implementation of the policy. "This churning, I am sure, will lead us to participative governance which ensures inclusive growth and effective service delivery," said Sinha.

The chief of the investigating agency expressed concern over deterioration of values and corruption.

The watchdog organisation CVC and the investigating agencies like CBI have a key role to play here. "The nation awaits the Lokpal with a lot of expectations and hopes. There is no gainsaying that these institutions need to maintain their image of probity and impartiality at all times, at all costs," he said.

Sinha also suggested reforms for good governance through fixing accountability.

The laws relating to public service delivery and accountability which are yet to get the legislative stamp of approval would bring paradigm shift in the way public services are delivered by the governments especially at local and state level.

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