The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said there is need to constantly reorient ourselves to the emerging national and global trends. Speaking at the Induction training programme for officers who have been newly inducted into Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from different States, here today, Dr Jitendra Singh said one of the primary objectives of an exercise like this is to enable the officers who will have to spend most of their service time in the States to develop a pan-India or an All-India perspective.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said a pan-India vision in governance not only helps the officer to deliver better but also enables him to serve with equal utility in any part of this vast country. The task gets further compounded because of the fact that 2015-India is confronted with new challenges of a different nature and with the avowed goal of emerging as a global power in the next few years. To that extent, this could perhaps be described as one of the best times for a bureaucrat to serve when India is destined to rise to the top of the world and the bureaucrats of the next generation are going to be important players and active participants in the making of new history, he added.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, Indian Administrative Service has come a long way since the times it was adopted as a legacy of erstwhile Indian Civil Services even though that comparison is unequal and unfair because the responsibilities of an Indian bureaucrat are much more complex and diverse compared to his counterpart in any other part of the world. Over the years the magnitude of responsibilities has increased and added to this is the high level of accountability with constant media and public scrutiny, he added.
Under the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Government of India is committed to provide maximum governance with minimum government which means providing optimum opportunity to every bureaucrat to perform to the best of his ability and potential to perform without intimidation. At the same time, the bureaucrats will also be expected to constantly experiment and evolve new reforms which can do away with obsolete rules and make the governance easy and people-friendly, he added. In this context, he also cited the Modi Government’s revolutionary decision to do away with the practice of getting certificates attested and instead introduce the self-attested certification.
Wishing the newly inducted IAS Officers a fruitful career in future, Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Indian Administrative Service perhaps offers one of the best and widest opportunities to serve the nation and society.