Government needs to transform itself from regulator to enabler: Narendra Modi


These were the two main messages in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to civil servants on Friday.

Addressing the civil servants on the occasion of the eleventh Civil Services Day today, the PM emphasized the importance of competition, which brings qualitative change. Modi said political will can reform, but bureaucracy performs and public participation transforms.

Modi said that anonymity is one of the greatest strengths of the civil services and cautioned officers that the use of social media should not lead to a decline in this strength.

"There is no dearth of political will for reforms". Incidentally, he has visited his home state more than 10 times in the past 10 months ahead of the assembly elections scheduled in December 2017.Sources in the government said that Modi will visit Gujarat once on May 21 and 22 to attend a meeting of the African Development Bank at Gandhinagar and also to participate in the ceremony at Rajkot for the launch of SAUNI third phase. We need to weigh decisions from an outcome point of view. "If you concentrate on achieving the numbers then you will get the output, which may satisfy the CAG's standards, but you will not get the outcome for welfare of the country", he said. He asked the bureaucrats to have out-of-the-box thinking to bring solutions to problems faced by people.

"With changing times, a need may arise that we may have to change our working style. The sooner we come out of our role of a regulator and develop as an enabling entity, the better", he said. The Prime Minister said that senior officers should refrain from "know-all" syndrome and give a serious thought to new ideas from their juniors.

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Hierarchy is something we inherited from colonial rulers. "What is the reason?" He said people clap when army saves lives during flood in Kashmir. "The same people may later pelt stones at them but for a moment this deed touches them", the PM said. Modi said bureaucrats do not need to work in silos, but work together as a team. We too can not stay away from that. Or some ego is coming in way?

Describing this day as one of "re-dedication", the Prime Minister said that civil servants are well aware of their strengths and capabilities, challenges and responsibilities.

He also praised bureaucrats, saying that they have excellence stamped on them.

"The Prime Minister and Mogherini agreed on the need to strengthen the security cooperation between India and European Union, particularly on the issue of counter-terrorism", it stated.