NEW DELHI: Rapid transformation and not gradual evolution is the key for India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the first ‘Transforming India’ Lecture organised by the NITI Aayog on Friday. Stressing the need to change archaic laws, Modi said that elimination of unnecessary procedures and speeding up of processes was crucial to achieve this transformation.
“If India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not enough and a metamorphosis is needed,” he said.“Transformation of India cannot happen without a transformation of governance. A transformation of governance cannot happen without a transformation in mindset. And that needs transformative ideas.” “We cannot march through the 21st century with the administrative systems of the 19th century. We have to change laws, eliminate unnecessary procedures, speed up processes and adopt technology,” he said. Out of the 1,870 archaic laws, 1,175 have been moved out of the statute book over the last two years of the NDA government. Modi also claimed that he had personally taken part in brainstorming sessions with bankers, police officers and secretaries and ideas coming from these sessions have been incorporated into government policies. “Efforts are to tap ideas, both from inside and outside.”
India is fortunate to be a stable democratic polity, said the Prime Minister. “Fundamental changes in administrative mindsets usually occur through sudden shocks or crisis. In the absence of such shocks, we have to make special efforts for transformative changes.”
The Prime Minister also stressed the need for changes, both for internal and external reasons. “Each country has its own experiences. Today, countries are inter-dependent and inter-connected. No country can afford to develop in isolation any longer.”