Reform to perform to transform: Modi to civil servants

Key takeaways from the civil services day held in New Delhi

GN Bureau | April 21, 2016


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PM Narendra Modi conferring awards on Civil Services Day at Vigyan Bhawan
PM Narendra Modi conferring awards on Civil Services Day at Vigyan Bhawan

Prime minister Narendra Modi conferred PM Awards for Excellence in Public Administration to civil servants on Thursday. These awards aim to acknowledge, recognise and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the central and state governments for the welfare of common people.

 
A new category of excellence in implementing a priority programme has been added to the awards this time. It includes Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna (PMJDY), Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), Swachh Vidyalaya and Soil Health Card Scheme. A total of 10 districts were awarded this year under the four priority programmes.
 
Following are the key highlights of what Modi said at the civil services day:
 
  • Modi urged the civil servants to not to work in silos and be “the agents of change” in their respective organisations and departments.

     
  • He asked the civil servants to redefine their roles and move beyond the roles of controlling, regulating and managing. “Your mantra must be reform to perform to transform,” he said.
  • He also urged civil servants to engage more with people on ground. This will help the government in better implementation of its schemes and initiatives. “Be bold and look at new ways of achieving objectives in the interest of people.” 

     
  • Recalling the recent Committees of Secretaries which had been formed at his initiative to look into key areas of governance, he said that officers worked on these tasks voluntarily, after office hours and on holidays. He said these teams had successfully broken silos, and presented fresh ideas and suggestions. They had devoted 10,000 manhours to this work, he added.
 

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