Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu urged Civil Service Officers to be flexible, adaptable, open & dynamic and strive to reform outdated government practices. He said this while interacting with the Civil Service Officers of 93rd Foundation Course at the Dr. Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute, in Hyderabad on November 14, 2018.
Civil service officers should also act as ambassadors of progressive thought processes. A number of our problems can be tackled by changing the mindset of people. Behavioural Change Communication is now the cornerstone of a number of government programs and policies. pic.twitter.com/KpWmPiCoxh
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) November 14, 2018
The Vice President said that civil service officers have the most important role of translating “Swarajya” to “Surajya”. Each citizen and each person in this country must feel that there is a perceptible improvement in the quality of life, he said.
The Vice President said that hopes and aspirations of the country rest upon the able shoulders of civil servants. He asked officers not to remain static and let complacency set in. He said that civil servants cannot be bogged down by the tendency to adhere to status quo.
The Vice President urged the civil servants to remain connected to the pulse of the common man who you they are expected to serve.
He also stressed on the need to adopt corruption free, citizen-centric and business friendly governance so that the fruits of development reach the last man in the line.
Remembering the Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel, the Vice President said that it was he who was the brainchild behind the idea of an All India Service. He believed that the idea of a united India would not be complete without a competent higher civil service that is independent.
Talking about the first Prime Minister of Independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Vice President said that leaders like him have left a lasting legacy.
Pandit Nehru and the iconic leaders who fought for our freedom envisaged a resurgent India. They saw India as ‘Bharat Mata’ and true nationalism as the collective well being of entire population, he said.
All India services have the unique responsibility of harmonising the social, cultural, linguistic, religious and economic differences in the country, he explained.
Vice President Naidu urged all the civil services officers to work together in unison, complementing and supporting each other with their specific domain experiences and expertise so that India’s growth story gets the much required momentum and direction.
The Vice President asked the officers to learn from the best practices from within and outside India, from both the private as well as the public sector.
Strive to reform outdated government practices. Often, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, you would just need to adopt, adapt and scale up best practices, he said.
The Vice President also asked the officers to act as ambassadors of progressive thought processes. He said that the administration has to adopt a more empathetic, responsive and inclusive approach so that the intended benefits of the policies and programmes of the government can reach people on time.
More than 316 officer trainees representing different states were present at the event.