PM Modi Urges IAS Officers to Work for Citizens

Narendra Modi addressing the Inaugural Session of Assistant Secretaries (IAS Officers of 2017 batch), in New Delhi on July 02, 2019. Photo: PIB
Narendra Modi addressing the Inaugural Session of Assistant Secretaries (IAS Officers of 2017 batch), in New Delhi on July 02, 2019. Photo: PIB

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 Presidents, Governors, Prime Ministers, ministers, and bureaucrats in India to manage highly complex domains of governance. That’s why India continues to be a poor, underdeveloped country.

The Prime Minister (PM) of India, Narendra Modi , on Tuesday (July 2) interacted with about 160 IAS officers of the 2017 batch, who have recently been appointed Assistant Secretaries in the Government of India.

He asked them to handle the tasks given to them from a fresh and citizen-centric perspective. The Prime Minister also emphasized that the officers should try to come out with holistic solutions to the problems assigned to them.

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During the interaction, the officers shared their experiences during field training. They sought to relate these experiences with their classroom training sessions in Mussoorie. Officers who had worked in the Aspirational Districts related how the recent initiatives in these districts are performing on the ground.

The Prime Minister described the upcoming three-month attachment of the officers, in the Government of India, as extremely important, and part of a well-thought out process. He said that each and every one of the officers has a chance to influence policy formulation, over this period.

Narendra Modi encouraged the officers to bring in a new vision, new ideas and new approaches to solving problems. He said the objective of the program is to infuse novelty and freshness into the working of the Government. The confluence of experience and freshness would be beneficial to the system, he added.

Minister of State in PM Office (PMO), Jitendra Singh and senior officials from the PMO and the Department of Personnel and Training were present on the occasion.

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