Asserting that “political intervention” is necessary in a democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made it clear to bureaucrats not to view this as a hindrance for good governance.
Drawing a distinction between political interference and intervention, he said while the former will “destroy” the system the latter is “necessary” and “inevitable”.
Addressing civil servants, the Prime Minister said bureaucratic temperament and political interference are often talked about as obstacles in moving the democratic process forward.
“In a democracy, bureaucracy and political intervention go hand in hand. This is the speciality of democracy. If we have to run this country, we do not require political interference. But political intervention is necessary and inevitable otherwise democracy will not work.
“Political intervention is required in democracy as legislators are elected by people. Political interference destroys (the system),” PM Modi said.
He said there is a need to remove words like obstacle and difficulty from within the bureaucratic system.
“One department is working but it is stopped somewhere. You will ask what has happened. It will say that is the bureaucratic way of functioning. Similarly if some work is stuck somewhere we say it is political interference,” PM Modi said at the Civil Services Day function.
Emphasising on accountability and responsibility, PM Modi told the bureaucrats that every problem has a solution which has to be found out.
“Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency; this ART is essential for good governance,” he said.
Advocating reforms in bureaucracy, PM Modi said there is a need to give impetus to reforms and technology as the day is not far when the world will look at m-governance or mobile governance.
Remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Prime Minister said it was natural to recall the contribution of country’s first Home Minister, who had worked for integration of India.
“Today, the need is socio-economic integration. We think of a model that gives importance to integration, that brings the people closer to each other,” he said.
Asking the civil servants to value the importance of life, PM Modi said otherwise it would become uninteresting just like a page of any file.
“A life full of tension cannot achieve anything, especially when you have to run the nation. …You are very good at time management but do you spend quality time with your family? Please think about this,” he said.
“Our work is not only to run departments. We have to be innovative, modernise within the department as well,” he said adding, “We need to give priority to perfection and capacity building”.