NEW DELHI: In a piece of advice to the key bureaucrats of the central government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told that do not restrict yourself to files but go to the field to understand the true impact of decision making. Interacting with 70 additional and joint secretary level officers, PM Modi also emphasised on the importance of breaking silos and efficient internal communication between various departments of the Government.
PM Modi has planned five such interactions with bureaucrats and Thursday’s interaction was second in the series.
In a statement issued from the Prime Minister’s office, the prime minister said officers should not look on their work as just a duty, but an opportunity to make a positive transformation for governance in the country. Modi urged them to use technology interventions to simplify governance processes.
Modi asked the officers to work to promote this spontaneous upsurge of talent, recalling the spirit and energy that they themselves would have possessed in the first three years of their service.
Modi said all officers must keep the poor and the ordinary citizens in their minds while taking decisions, the PMO said. The prime minister said this was a unique opportunity for the officers to deliver their utmost for the benefit of the nation.
Prime minister also asked the officers to focus their attention on 100 most backward districts of India, so that they can be brought up to the national average level on various development parameters the release said.
While recalling his experience with officers in the post- earthquake reconstruction in Gujarat in 2001, PM said that "Responding to observations made by the officers, the prime minister emphasised that officers must not restrict themselves to files, but go to the field, to understand the true impact of decision-making."
During the interaction, the officers shared their experiences on subjects such as performance based administration, innovation in governance, waste management, river and environment pollution, forestry, sanitation, climate change, value addition in agriculture, education and skill development.