Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over the disturbing instances of atrocities against women and said that it was time for society as a whole to introspect and ponder over the erosion of values. He called for the collective efforts of the society to ensure that Indian values and culture of respecting women, elders and all fellow human beings were restored.
Addressing the valedictory function of the 94th Foundation Course of the officers of the All India Services and Central Civil Services at the Dr. MarriChanna Reddy Human Resources Development Institute (MCRHRDI) in Hyderabad today, Vice President expressed anguish over the recent incidences of rape and violence against women in Hyderabad, Unnao and other parts of the country.
He opined that bringing a new bill or changing the act was not the only solution. He stressed upon the need to implement existing provisions by exercising the political will and administrative skill to eradicate evils in the society.
Stating that the pace with which India would progress largely determined by how efficiently the officers manage and deliver critical development projects, Vice President Naidu stressed that the most important role of translating “Swarajya” to “Surajya” was at the hands of officers.
He stressed that it would be possible only if governance became corruption free, citizen-centric and business-friendly.
Talking about the role and contribution of Sardar Patel, the Vice President said that civil service was created as a unifying force to bring together diverse groups in the country’s journey towards inclusive development.
“In a multi-lingual, multi-religious, pluralistic society like India, this is the most vital requirement. Unity and integrity of our country must be the prime consideration in deciding our policies and actions,” he said.
Referring to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statement the Vice President said that “Officers must be guided by the real spirit of service in their day-to-day administration, for in no other manner can they fit in the scheme of things.”
Stating that Sardar Patel dreamt of an administrative set up that would zealously fight poverty and bridge the many divides that tend to weaken our nation, Vice President Naidu asked officers to undertake the task of further nurturing and fortifying India’s modern economy, democratic polity and safeguarding the culture.
Vice President Naidu said that officers must strive to improve digital literacy and move to more efficient service delivery systems like Direct Benefit Transfer, leveraging the possibilities of Information Technology.
He wanted them to take initiatives to address the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, discrimination, environmental degradation and crippling social evils of casteism, gender discrimination, and violence.
Asking the young officers to treat every person with respect and empathy, ensuring that they get the dignity they deserve. Shri Naidu also wanted officers to learn the local language and interact with common people in their own language.
The Vice President called upon young Officers to learn from the best practices within and outside India, from both the private as well as the public sector, and strive to reform the procedures, systems, and organization structure, wherever required, for producing outstanding results.
Vice President Naidu said that that being objective, impartial, honest, and vision of national integration and inclusive development was the first step towards becoming an effective, responsive civil servant.
Around 140 All India Services and Central Civil Services Officers representing 23 States were present at the event. They belong to 15 Services, including IPS, IFS, IRS (IT), IRS (Customs & Central Excise), IRTS, ISS, IES, etc.