Experts, academicians and policy makers addressing a national convention on “Good Governance and Nation Building” here on Thursday said sufficient space must be provided to the people to take part in decision-making, while empathy in governance will resolve their grievances and check the decline of values often resulting in injustice, discrimination and harassment of the common man.

The two-day sixth convention on the subject, organised by Jaipur-based Management Development Academy (MDA), began here with the objective of generating innovative ideas and conclusions which will throw up new policy paradigms in the realm of governance in various facets of nation building. The MDA is organising the convention in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund, Rajasthan State Real Estate Development Corporation, India Tourism Development Corporation, Rajasthan Knowledge Corporation and Jyoti Maheshwari Education Society.

Delivering the keynote address, former Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration director B. S. Baswan said all citizens must work together for the task of nation building. He pointed out that though corruption and moral degradation existed earlier too, they were highlighted nowadays because of mass awareness.

He said people must challenge corrupt practices in Government machinery and support honest officers who are not able to perform their duties because of the system discouraging them.

Former Rajasthan High Court Judge V. S. Dave, who is also chairman of the empowered committee appointed by the Supreme Court for making Jaipur a world class city, said the balance between the Government and people can be evolved through proper coordination, which in turn will help realise the dream of good governance. Former Securities & Exchange Board of India chairman D. R. Mehta, who is the chief patron of MDA, said the eternal values must be upheld in all circumstances and a regulatory mechanism must be evolved control corruption. Empathy, rather than sympathy, must guide the Government in its dealings with public.