“Transparency is important in good governance,” says President Kovind
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said Friday that transparency is the most important aspect of good governance in a democratic system. He called the new Darbar hall at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai a symbol of the new India, the new Maharashtra and India’s vibrant democracy.
“Transparency is the most important aspect of good governance in a democratic system. The modern concept of Darbar promotes transparency. The method of connecting with the people through Janata Darbar by public authorities is becoming popular. So this Darbar Hall, in a new context, is a symbol of our new India, new Maharashtra and our vibrant democracy,” Mr. Kovind said after the inauguration of the new Darbar Hall at the Governor’s Residence. Raj Bhavan state in Mumbai. He was joined on the podium by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and State Department of Works Minister Ashok Chavan.
The Old Darbar Hall was built in 1911 to house King George V and Queen Mary of England. The room was designed by architect George Wittet. After independence, the Darbar Hall was mainly associated with the swearing-in ceremonies of governors, chief ministers, cabinet ministers, the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, Lokayukta and other constitutional officials. It was also the venue for various government programs, police investiture ceremonies, meetings of large delegations and cultural programs.
The new Durbar Hall in the Raj Bhavan is built on the site of the old Durbar Hall and has a capacity of 750 seats. While retaining the heritage features of the old courthouse, the new lobby received additional features such as a balcony and a sea-view gallery.
Noting that the construction of the Darbar Hall was done keeping the feature of the heritage building intact, Mr. Kovind said it is prudent to choose modernity according to the demand of the times while keeping the tradition alive.
Recalling that in the past four and a half years he had come to Maharashtra about 12 times, Mr. Kovind said that this time he experienced emptiness. “A week ago we lost our dear Lata Have I got. A great genius like her is only born once a century. Lata’s musici is immortal which will always enchant all music lovers. The memory of her simplicity and gentle nature will also remain etched in people’s minds,” he said.
Mr Koshyari said the renovation was an attempt to make Raj Bhavan citizens friendly. He informed that stories and photos of Maharashtra revolutionaries will be exhibited at the Underground Bunker Museum at this Raj Bhavan, which was inaugurated by President M. Kovind in August 2019.
Mr Thackeray said the structure built in the pre-independence era will testify to today’s vibrant democracy.