Published On: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016

I have never scolded a civil servant: PM Modi

New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi on Thursday said he never had scolded a civil servant or lose his cool while dealing with them.

I can say with confidence that I have never scolded a civil servant

“I can say with confidence that I have never scolded a civil servant,” PM Modi said.

“After my long experience in government, I can say with confidence that I have never scolded a civil servant or felt the need to raise my voice at them … this, despite me coming to the ruling dispensation (in Gujarat) with zero experience,” Modi, perceived by many as a tough task-master and disciplinarian, said in his address to civil servants at a 10th Civil Services Day function.

“This is because I believe the supreme being has given the greatest strength to all individual to rise above the ordinary and change for the better. Our job (as the government) is to bring out their inherent goodness,” Modi said in his pep-talk to civil servants who turned up in good numbers for the event.

“There is unlimited talent in government departments and this gives me confidence that national welfare cannot be stopped. My strong team gives me no reason to be pessimistic,” he said.

Exhorting the bureaucracy to be “agents of change” and work as a team aiming to “reform, perform and transform”, the PM said that over the years, the scope of a civil servant’s role had changed from a regulator to administrator to controller to one with keen managerial skills.

“Often, senior civil servants are too tired of work, leading to interruptions in implementation of government schemes.They have to be cautious against this tired attitude,” the PM cautioned.

At the same time, Modi asked government departments to avoid working like silos and instead coordinate by talking to each other and having informal meetings.

In his nearly 45-minute speech, Modi asked senior officials to appreciate the new-generation bureaucrats for their better and faster ways of gathering information as well as innovative ideas. “Combine your experience as senior bureaucrats with the wide knowledge and energy of freshly inducted civil servants..this will help in nation-building,” he said.

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