PM Talks to IFS Probationers
The Prime Minister today met the probationers of the 2009 batch of the Indian
Foreign Service. In his remarks to the probationers, the Prime Minister recalled
the vision of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru about an India that was free from poverty
and hunger and the role of the civil service in contributing to national goals
and meeting societal aspirations.
The Prime Minister observed that in an increasingly
inter-depending and uncertain world, the Indian Foreign Service had an important
role to play in steering the country towards the path of socio-economic
development. The Prime Minister highlighted some of the contemporary issues
requiring special focus.
These included issues of environmental security, the role of
the international trading system and regional trading arrangements in overcoming
the limitation of natural resources in the country, the question of
international terrorism, national security, which requires particular attention
to relations with India’s neighbours and extended neighbourhood (South East
Asia, Gulf and West Asia, Central Asia, Africa) and the importance of
maintaining productive relations with the world’s major powers.
The Prime Minister noted that foreign policy should enable
the release of resources from defence to achieve our development goals.
Courtesy: Press Information Bureau