Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a two-day civil services day function in the capital on Friday, saying a clean, competent, people-friendly, proactive administrative leadership is the need of the hour. He said that India has strong leader and stable government so by removing small hurdles we can progress fast.
“Swarajya has to be meaningful for each Indian and, for this Surajya is inevitable. There is a need for honest introspection into the effectiveness and efficiency of our administrative structures and processes,” the Vice president said.
He further said that the focus has shifted to “implementation” and “innovation” and it is becoming increasingly clear that “business as usual” approach will not do. “We must collectively transform India into a nation that we can all be proud of,” he added.
The Vice President also called on the officers to reorient their approach to look upon themselves as catalysts of change, as facilitators of change, as inspirational leaders for an aspirational India.
“The essential gap today is between the grandiose conception and the ground level implementation… There is an urgent need to re-think our existing governance paradigm,” he said.
He further said that it is the collective responsibility of the executive, the legislature, the judiciary and the media to identify, combat and root out evils including casteism, communalism, corruption, inequality, discrimination and violence.
We need to be sensitive to these unpleasant realities and try to alter them by being unbiased and even handed, he added.
“You, as civil servants, have been the sheet anchor of our democratic polity. You have provided the ‘continuity’ and ‘stability’ we need in governance. Now, I am happy that you are also revamping the system to induce greater ‘predictability’, ‘accountability’ and ‘agility’,” VP Naidu said.
The Vice President also released a book ‘Emulating Excellence- Takeaways for Replication’ and inaugurated an exhibition put up by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances on identified priority programmes and innovations.
Union Minister of State (I/C) for Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant were also present at the event.