For­get Week­ends, Chil­dren’s Birth­days, Modi Tells Babus

Modi gives out a strong mes­sage to bu­reau­crats to per­form in govt schemes PM also asks babus to be ‘agents of change’ and think about do­ing a ‘ser­vice, not a job’

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Last year was an ad­vice to keep one’s work and per­sonal life bal­ance and not let their life be­come an­other page in a file. But this year Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi was on a dif­fer­ent pitch to bu­reau­crats —they­must­per­for­mas­gov­ern­ment is be­ing crit­i­cised for lack of im­pact of its schemes on the ground.

“It’s been two years but there is no al­le­ga­tion that any of the govern­ment’ss­cheme­sarewrong.Some­say that the pace is not there…some say that im­pact is not show­ing. We have to em­brace this crit­i­cism and per­form so that our aim of trans­for­ma­tion is achieved,” Modi told bu­reau­crats on Civil Ser­vices Day on Thurs­day. This came as NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant pre­sented a roadmap till 2019 of ex­e­cut­ing nu­mer­ousidea­spro­posed­bytheGroup of Sec­re­taries (GoS), cru­cial to In­dia aim­ing at 10% growth to elim­i­nate poverty by the year 2032, he said.

Lastyear,thePMhadasked­bu­reau­crats not to live a stress­ful life and not carry work home. On Thurs­day, Modi, how­ever, ex­tolled the virtues of work­ing late, as he spoke how the GoS put in 10000 man hours to pre­pare their re­ports in two months.

“I am told th­ese groups worked till mid­night, some groups worked Satur­day-Sun­days. The rule was to work on this af­ter of­fice hours,” the PM said. He spoke of other babus al­sowho‘for­getweek­ends’and‘their chil­dren’s birth­days’ on see­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

The PM also took digs at bu­reau­crats as he com­pared the mind­set of many en­ter­ing civil ser­vice to “en­ter­ing a pipe­line” whereby they reach a cer­tain level af­ter 15 or 20 years and are at any of the three se­nior po­si­tions when they exit. “Peo­ple see it as a set fu­ture…a power and rep­u­ta­tion. I am not against it but given a se­lect few get the for­tune of join­ing civil ser­vice, what is the use if one does not have mind­set to im­prove life of citizens,” the PM asked.

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