(NEWS) PM Modi speech to 2015 IAS Officers : Boldness
is required to drive change
PM to young IAS Officers: Fill the system with energy of New
The bar has been raised in Good Governance during the last
three years: MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today advised young IAS
officers to avoid getting into a mindset that resists change, and fill India’s
administrative system with the energy of ‘New India.’
Addressing IAS Officers of the 2015 batch at the Inaugural
Session of Assistant Secretaries, the Prime Minister began by asserting that
India has not progressed as much as it should have. He said countries that
achieved independence after India, and faced greater resource constraints than
India, have touched new heights of development. He said boldness is required to
drive change, and added that a fragmented administrative arrangement does not
allow the collective capabilities of officers to deliver to the optimum level.
He said dynamic change is needed to transform the system.
He said that this three month programme of Assistant
Secretaries, is now into its third year, and would have a great impact. He urged
the young officers to interact freely with the senior-most officers of the Union
Government over the next three months, so that the system could benefit from the
combination of their energy and fresh ideas, and the administrative experience
of Secretary-level officers.
The Prime Minister asked the young officers to recall their life
upto the day of the UPSC result, the challenges they faced; and use the
opportunities they will now have, to bring about positive changes in the system,
and the lives of the common people.
In his address, the Minister of State for Development of North
Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances &
Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Government has
strived to create a work friendly environment. He said during the last three
years the parameters of Governance have risen high and now the accountability,
transparency, public expectations and media scrutiny are much higher.
Analysing the trends in IAS induction, Dr. Jitendra Singh said
that the candidates from hitherto sparsely represented States like J&K, Punjab
and Haryana have been emerging as toppers and joining the premier civil
services. Also, the toppers during the last three years have all been Women
while a large number of successful candidates come from the rural, semi-urban
and middle class background having education in Government schools such as the
Navodaya and Kendriya Vidyalayas. This, he said, will help the young IAS
Officers identify more intimately with the two-third population who are below 40
years of age and help them implement successfully the several welfare schemes
initiated by the present Government.
Earlier, the Cabinet Secretary Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha said the
experiment of IAS Officers starting their career with an initial stint of three
months as Assistant Secretaries in the Central Government has been extremely
useful since its inception three years ago. Shri Sinha said the flagship
programme and other priority schemes will be their focus of attention with
particular emphasis on states and districts that are lagging behind.
The Secretary (Personnel), Shri Ajay Mittal said during the next
three months the Officers will focus on the Government’s priority areas like GST
and Cashless Economy in addition to other components of their attachment.
On this occasion, two short films on ‘PARIVARTAN – Foundation of
a New India – Three Years of Sustained HR Initiatives’ and an Audio-Visual
Presentation on Assistant Secretaries of 2013 & 2014 batches were screened.
Additional Principal Secretary to PM, Dr. PK Mishra and Senior
Officers of the Department of Personnel and Training and various Central
Ministries were present.
Courtesy : PIB