Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urged the bureaucracy to improve effectiveness and efficiency of people-centric programmes like Swachh Bharat, Skill India, Ayushman Bharat and many more so that the fruits of development reach the most deserving.
He also called for coordinated efforts of governments at Centre and states and the civil society to make India an active agent of change.
Addressing the 65th Annual Meeting of the General Body of the Indian Institute of Public Administration in New Delhi on Friday, the Vice President asked institutions like the Indian Institute of Public Administration to train officials according to the needs of the transforming India.
He wanted them to become hubs of knowledge and act as catalysts in the India’s transformation by collating best practices from within the country and abroad and prepare policy briefs for fostering innovation at various levels.
Stating that the bottom-up approach of grass-root level transformation by active involvement of citizens was the best way to achieve inclusive growth, the Vice President said that it was the same approach proposed by the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi to achieve Poorna Swaraj.
Observing that Gandhi’s overarching vision of Porna Swaraj could provide the inspiration for country’s relentless efforts to reform administration and transform governance, he stressed that ensuring that all citizens enjoyed basic freedoms and a peaceful and good quality of life was the best way to realise Gandhiji’s vision.
Pointing out that India was growing at a faster rate than many other major economies of the world, despite the global slowdown, the Vice President happiness that India’s programmes to build infrastructure and connect India were going on at unprecedented pace and citizen services were improving in both reach and quality.
He complimented the Government for focusing on human and social development and for providing better access to quality health care by was of Ayushman Bharat Programme and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).
Asking the bureaucrats and public officials to go through draft National Education Policy that seeks to enrich the human resources of the country, the Vice President said that there was an urgent need to reorient the education system to match with the needs of the 21st century job market and create necessary framework for students to acquire required skills.
He also stressed the need to attach special attention on harnessing the inner talent and energy in the country to realize the demographic dividend and propel the country to move into a higher development trajectory.
The Vice President lauded IIPA for collaborating with foreign government institutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and the USA, among others and also training officials of various government departments.