Prime Minister Narendra Modi today exhorted civil servants to become “agents of change” in their respective organizations and departments.
Addressing civil servants on Civil Services Day, he said that, in the 21st century, civil servants needed to redefine their role, and move beyond controlling, regulating and managerial capabilities, and think of themselves as change agents.
Mr. Modi urged civil servants to build teams. He said that his mantra of “Reform to Transform” should be interpreted by civil servants as “Reform to Perform to Transform.” He said if civil servants were able to perform, the transformation on the ground would be evident.
The Prime Minister said that ‘Jan Bhagidari’ (public participation) was the key to success, as highlighted by the initiatives which received awards today. He, therefore,urged civil servants to engage with the people, so that the Government’s schemes and initiatives could be better implemented on the ground.
Modi described Civil Services Day as an occasion to reflect and undertake a critical evaluation of the journey so far, and resolve to move ahead with fresh determination.
Congratulating the awardees for their successful initiatives, he said their success could prove inspirational for other civil servants. He noted that 74 success stories were shortlisted for consideration for awards this year, which represented a substantial jump over previous years. Nevertheless, he added, this represented only about 10 per cent of India’s districts. He urged all districts to become more proactive in this regard.
The Prime Minister urged civil servants to be bold enough to experiment and look at new ways of achieving objectives in the interest of the people.