DIMAPUR, Nov 19 – Governance is nothing but delivering, said Meghalaya’s Leader of Opposition Conrad Sangma and underscored the need to deliver to the people.Speaking on the topic “Moral leadership is essential to good governance” as a panelist alongside Minister for Agriculture Dr Chumben Murry, Assam MLA Sushmita Dev and Manipur MLA Imo Singh at the Eclectic Young Leaders Connect-2 at Kisama recently, Sangma, however, noted that accountability and monitoring are two aspects found lacking in most of the NE States.
“You have to make people accountable, you have to make timelines to finish the projects,” he stressed. In this regard, he also impressed upon learning from the way the corporate sector works.
He emphasised the need to inculcate a sense of responsibility as well as the need for properly defining one’s responsibility. Pointing out that we do not monitor our systems at all, Sangma asserted that monitoring is very crucial and substantiated that it is leadership that will drive the vision, the guts and the courage, and commitment to go ahead with the policy (vision).
He maintained that as long as your intention is good, that is a moral decision. “When your conscience is clear, and in your heart you believe you are doing the right thing for your people, then you are doing the right thing. You must have the guts and courage to go ahead with your decisions”, he added.
Minister for Agriculture Dr Chumben Murry said there are three categories of people, namely, stale people, stagnant or complacent people and leaders. Stating that leadership is about bringing acceptable changes in a specific period of time inclusive of human development, social change and economic growth, he stressed that all these would demand responsibility, transparency and accountability.
MLA Sushmita Dev from Assam deliberated on how moral leadership is connected to good governance while also maintaining that it has got everything to do with what you can deliver. She also pointed out “accountability, transparency and a clear conscience were very important.”