On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed bureaucrats in New Delhi and urged them to work together as a team.
At the Civil Services Day function PM Modi spoke about transforming the country through political will, bureaucrats’ performance and public participation.
“We have to bring them on one wavelength and when we run these three (political will, performance by bureaucracy and public participation) on one wavelength, then we get good results,” the Prime Minister explained.
“I do not lack it (political will to bring reforms) and may be having a bit extra,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minster also asked the bureaucrats not be afraid of any consequences for taking honest decisions.
“If a decision is taken with honest intention, truthfulness and for the welfare of public then there is nobody in the world who can raise fingers at you…Something momentary may happen but I am with you,” the Prime Minister said amidst a loud applause.
The PM also spoke about the outcome-and output-based decision-making in the government. He referred to CAG, CBI and the CVC, which certain bureaucrats have labelled as stumbling blocks in decision-making, ultimately resulting in policy paralysis.
He asked the civil servants to weigh their decisions from an outcome point of view and not output.
“It will be good if you change your working style and way of your thinking. If you come out of the role of being regulator and act as enabling entity, then challenges would convert into opportunities,” Modi said.
PM Modi also encouraged the bureaucrats to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to problems faced by people.
The Prime Minister said that senior officers should refrain from “know-all” syndrome and give a serious thought to new ideas from their juniors.
He said hierarchy in the bureaucracy remained an issue which was inherited from colonial rulers and “was not left behind in Mussoorie (where the civil service academy is located)”.
The Prime Minister asked the civil servants to take a vow to turn India into a superpower by 2022, the land that our freedom fighters dreamt of.
(With inputs from PTI)