National Conference: States as Drivers for Transforming India

Narendra Modi interacting with the Chief Secretaries of States & Union Territories at the National Conference of the Chief Secretaries, in New Delhi on July 10, 2017
Narendra Modi interacting with the Chief Secretaries of States & Union Territories at the National Conference of the Chief Secretaries, in New Delhi on July 10, 2017

Disturbing Facts:

– In today’s increasingly specialized and cut-throat world, a person needs in-depth knowledge and extensive domain expertise to handle a particular department even in a small company. But it is highly unfortunate that people with no qualification or expertise become President, Prime Minister, ministers, and bureaucrats in India to manage highly complex domains of governance. That’s why India continues to be a poor, underdeveloped country.

– As they are extremely inefficient and illiterate, Indian politicians and bureaucrats do not take decisions to resolve public problems. They keep rotating written public complaints from one desk to another. Consequently, citizens are left with no other option but to approach the courts. As courts are always overcrowded, their decisions are either inordinately delayed or lack justice.

– Although the Indian government claims that it has become paperless, the politicians and bureaucrats are so uneducated that they cannot even open, read, and respond to emails. Finally, the citizens have to stand in long queues in front of their offices to express their grievances which are hardly addressed.

Thus, commoners in India are still living in slavery.

~ Rakesh Raman

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, interacted with Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories on Monday.

This interaction was part of the National Conference of Chief Secretaries on the theme of “States as Drivers for Transforming India.” Chief Secretaries spoke briefly on one best practice each, of their respective States.

The best practices presented by the Chief Secretaries included themes such as rural development, skill development, crop insurance, health insurance, tertiary healthcare, welfare of divyang children, reducing infant mortality, tribal welfare, solid waste management, sanitation, and drinking water.

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They also included river conservation, water management, e-governance, pension reform, emergency services, development of mineral-rich areas, PDS reform, Direct Benefit Transfer of subsidy; solar energy, cluster development, good governance and ease of doing business.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said priority and approach, matter a lot in governance. He said we have a lot to learn from the experiences of States, which could provide the best solutions to problems and challenges.

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He said top government officials have the collective vision and capabilities to overcome challenges. In this regard, experience sharing is very important, he added.

The Prime Minister said a team of young officers from across States should now deliberate and learn from these best practices, by visiting each State. These will help in efficient adoption of best practices across States.

The Prime Minister said good governance is the greatest key to success of government programmes, and development goals.

Union Minister of State for Planning – Rao Inderjit Singh, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog – Dr. Arvind Panagariya, CEO NITI Aayog – Amitabh Kant, and senior officials from government, PMO and Cabinet Secretariat were present on the occasion.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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