Civil servants urging the government “to take Reform, Perform, Transform to the next level”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked them not to lose sight of the goal of the 21st century – ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat and modern India. Addressing the Valedictory function of the 96th Joint Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) via videoconference, the Prime Minister highlighted the emerging new world order in the post-pandemic world.
He said the world is looking towards India at this point in the 21st century. “In this new world order, India must enhance its role and develop at a rapid pace,” he said. He asked the officers to bear in mind the significance of this period with special emphasis on the “biggest goal of the 21st century” namely the goal of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and modern India. “We can’t afford to miss this opportunity,” he said. He also opened the new revamped Happy Valley Complex and dedicated sports complex to the nation. Modi greeted the officers on the completion of their course and conveyed his wishes on the joyful occasion of Holi. He pointed out the uniqueness of the outgoing batch that this batch enters active service in the year of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. “Your lot will play a key role in the development of the nation in the Kaal Amrit of 25 next year,” he added.
Referring to Sardar Patel’s views on the civil services, the Prime Minister said that a sense of service and duty has been an integral part of the training. “In all your years of service, these service and service factors should be the measure of your personal and professional success,” he added.
He says work is never a burden when you’re done with a sense of duty and purpose. He told the officers that they came to the service with a sense of purpose and to be part of a positive change in the context of society and the country.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to adopt the actual field experience of file problems come from the field. Significantly, he said the files not only contain the numbers and statistics, but they contain the lives and aspirations of the people. “You should not work for numbers, but for people’s lives,” he said.
He said that in this time of ‘Amrit Kaal’, we must take Reform, Perform, Transform to the next level. This is why India today is moving forward with the spirit of ‘Sabka Prayas’.
He also recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s mantra that every decision must be weighed against the touchstone of the welfare of the last person in the back row. The Premier has given officers the task of identifying 5-6 challenges from their districts at the grassroots level and working for those issues. He said identifying the challenges is the first step to rectifying the challenges.