NEW DELHI: Prime Minister 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.
While addressing at Civil Services Day 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. PM said that with alternatives now being available in several areas, the responsibilities of Government officers have increased.
PM emphasized on 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.
He said that anonymity is one of the greatest strengths of the civil services. PM 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.
“Reform, Perform and Transform”, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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.