The Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu today urged young IAS officers to treat their vocation as a mission to bridge rich-poor, men-women and urban-rural divides and be pro-active change-agents in building a New India.
Addressing the valedictory ceremony of a two-year training programme for IAS officers 2018 batch of at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) through video conference, he said the socio-economic upliftment of marginalized sections should be their main goal.
Reminding the officers that the unifier of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel dreamt of a civil service that would work zealously to create a new nation by fighting poverty and discrimination, the Vice President asked them to be honest, disciplined, simple, responsible, transparent and accountable.
Calling the former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri ji as a remarkable leader, Venkaiah Naidu said his hallmarks were integrity and humility, empathy and quiet efficiency, national pride and indomitable courage.
Urging the Officer Trainees to keep learning, thinking and innovating, Venkaiah Naidu said “good governance is what we need today”.
He stressed that governance has to be lean but efficient with a system that is transparent and responds to people’s needs and aspirations. It has to be a system that delivers and creates conditions for growth and development.
He also said that legislature may make any number of policies and laws but ultimately it is the actual implementation of those policies on ground that matters.
A government will be remembered by the delivery of the services, he underlined and said that it was the duty of civil servants to ensure that people get their entitlements without delay.
Whatever post you hold, you should create a record in good work so that people will remember you later, he told the young civil servants. Venkaiah Naidu advised the civil servants to develop teamwork by motivating their co-workers and subordinates to serve the people.
Venkaiah Naidu said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra of ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’ could be an inspiring backdrop for all their actions as they start innovating and becoming better than the best governance leaders in the world.
Observing that India is at the cusp of a significant transformation, he said that despite the current disruptive pandemic, there are a number of new opportunities for growth and self-reliant, resilient development. “You will have to take the lead in unfolding this new India”, he added.
The new India will be based on unleashing the forces of inclusive growth, enhancing the quality of life, deepening democratic traditions and strengthening institutions of public delivery he said.
Advising the young officers to remember Gandhi ji’s talisman when in doubt, the Vice President told the officers that they would be able to make the right choice if they possess a dispassionate commitment to basic values of truth, fairness, justice, inclusion, public welfare and environmental protection.
Pointing out that the world was changing in unpredictable ways, he wanted them to anticipate the changes and prepare to address the emerging challenges. “Nothing is static and an administration that seeks to fulfill the aspirations of the people has to always remain dynamic”, Venkaiah Naidu emphasized.
Emphasising that the language of administration should be the local language of the people The Vice President appreciated the officers for learning local languages during their training.
The Vice President also released a book, titled “Sixty-five Conversations” containing Mann Ki Baat addresses of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was brought out by the Academy.
The Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration Sanjiv Chopra and other faculty members participated in the virtual valedictory function.