The Prime Minister,
Shri Narendra Modi, today presented awards and addressed civil servants
on the occasion of the eleventh Civil Services Day.
Describing this day as one of “rededication,” the Prime Minister said
that civil servants are well aware of their strengths and capabilities,
challenges and responsibilities.
He said conditions prevailing today are quite different from about two
decades ago, and would evolve much further over the next few years.
Elaborating on this, the Prime Minister said that earlier, Government
was almost the sole provider of goods and services, which left a lot of
scope for ignoring one’s shortcomings. However, now, very often, people
perceive that the private sector offers better services than Government.
The Prime Minister said that with alternatives now being available in
several areas, the responsibilities of Government officers have
increased. He added that this increase is not in terms of scope of work,
but in terms of the challenge.
The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of competition, which
brings qualitative change. He said that the sooner the attitude of
Government can change from regulator to enabler, the faster this
challenge of competition will become an opportunity.
The Prime Minister said that while the absence of Government in a sphere
of activity should be perceptible, its presence in a sphere of activity
should not become a burden. He asked civil servants to strive towards
Noting the quantum jump in the applications for Civil Service Day
awards, from less than 100 last year to over 500 this year, the Prime
Minister said that the focus should now be on improving quality, and
making excellence a habit.
The Prime Minister urged senior officers to ensure that experience does
not become a burden that stifles innovation of younger officers.
Shri Narendra Modi said that anonymity is one of the greatest strengths
of the civil services. He cautioned officers that the use of social
media should not lead to a decline in this strength, even as social
media and mobile governance are leveraged for connecting people to
benefits and government schemes.
Speaking in the context of “reform, perform and transform”, the Prime
Minister said that political will is needed for reform, but the
“perform” part of this formulation must come from civil servants, while
transformation is enabled by people’s participation.
The Prime Minister said that civil servants must ensure that every
decision is taken keeping national interest in mind, and this should be
their touchstone for taking a decision.
Recalling that the year 2022 would mark 75 years of independence, he
urged civil servants to play the role of catalytic agents in fulfilling
the dreams of freedom fighters.