Venkaiah Naidu to Bureaucrats: Think Fresh and Act Differently

Venkaiah Naidu with Bureaucrats
Venkaiah Naidu with Bureaucrats

India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu today urged the bureaucracy to think fresh and act differently so as to live up to the expectations of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said so while addressing about 100 senior officers from the three ministries at a farewell function hosted by him at his residence on the occasion of retirement and transfer of Secretaries concerning three of his ministries.

Naidu urged the officials to emulate Prime Minister saying “Prime Minister is a storehouse of ideas and fresh and innovative thinking. All that he expects from all of us is to think and act differently. By this, what he means is innovation for higher productivity and better results.”

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Noting that bureaucracy over time has come to be seen as an icon of ‘status quo’ and playing safe, the Minister urged the officials to break the stereotype to live up to the expectations of the Prime Minister.

He suggested that officials should not be guided by the past but shall be inspired by the future of the country and the people and the past shall only be a reference for drawing right lessons so as to meet the challenges of the future as the country is keen to discover and herald a new future.

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Naidu complimented Dr. Nandita Chatterjee, who is superannuating today, for her contribution to promoting affordable housing, Rajiv Gauba who is to take over as Home Secretary for pushing transformative urban reforms and Ajay Mittal, who is going as Secretary (Personnel) for his good work in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B). He also welcomed new I&B Secretary N. K. Sinha and D. S. Mishra, new Secretary (Urban Development).

Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for UD and HUPA Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for I&B Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Chairman of Prasar Bharati A. Surya Prakash were also present on the occasion.

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