Published On: Tue, Apr 21st, 2015

Political intervention in bureaucracy necessary: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that ‘political intervention’ in a democracy is necessary while making it clear to bureaucrats that they must not view this as a hindrance in a gathering in which he was addressing civil servants.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering, at the Civil Services Day function, in New Delhi on April 21, 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the gathering, at the Civil Services Day function, in New Delhi on April 21, 2015.

While drawing a distinction between political interference and intervention he mentioned that the former will “destroy” the system, the latter is “necessary” and “inevitable”.

While addressing the gathering , PM Modi said bureaucratic temperament and political interference are often talked about as obstacles in moving the democratic process forward.

“In a democracy, bureaucracy and political intervention go hand in hand. This is the speciality of democracy. If we have to run this country, we do not require political interference. But political intervention is necessary and inevitable otherwise democracy will not work”.

“Political intervention is required in a democracy as legislators are elected by people. Political interference destroys the system,” Modi said. He also said there is a need to remove words like obstacle and difficulty from within the bureaucratic system.

“One department is working, but it is stopped somewhere. You will ask what has happened? It will say that it is how bureaucracy functions. Similarly, if some work is stuck somewhere we say it is political interference,” Modi said while speaking at the Civil Services Day function.

PM Modi while emphasising on accountability and responsibility said that every problem has a solution which has to be found out. “Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency; this ART is essential for good governance,” he told.

While speaking on the occasion he asked the civil servants to value the importance of life and said otherwise it would become uninteresting just like a page of any file. “A life full of tension cannot achieve anything, especially when you have to run the nation. You are very good at time management but do you spend quality time with your family? Please think about this,” he said.

He further said that “Our work is not only to run departments. We have to be innovative, modernise within the department as well. We need to give priority to perfection and capacity building” he added.

PTI

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