In an unusual move, nearly 350 officers from coal, power and renewable energy ministries were on Monday told to shed the image of “officialdom” and work together as a movement for nation building.
The officials ranging from section officers to secretaries were told how as public servants they can perform more to help in building an image for the government.
Minister for coal and power Piyush Goyal told the conclave of officers that it is necessary to break barriers within the system and communicate effectively with the masses. A message of clarity, transparency and togetherness needs to be made visible to the public from these ministries, which, he argued, together can add 1.5-2 per cent to the GDP growth.
Goyal said, “the three ministries alone can add between 1.5-2 per cent more to the economic growth,” and emphasised that for it to happen, decisions should be time bound. The bureaucracy needs to be responsive to the needs of the masses and act in a judicious and transparent manner, he contended.
An official who attended the meeting said officers were given the copies of My Autobiography — the second autobiography of Alex Ferguson, a former Scottish football manager and player who successfully managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He said environment minister Prakash Javadekar, who was the chief guest, asked officers to “work as part of a movement for nation-building”.
When asked to comment on the lessons learnt from the meet, a mid-career officer said, it was a different experience, but the problems on the ground will have to be addressed for enhancing coal production. Another bureaucrat reasoned that no ministry by itself is complete and each complements the other in nation building.
Another officer praised the exercise saying it was a unique experience to have section officers sitting in the same conclave with secretaries and listening to their views.
Javadekar stressed on the need for the officials to perform and give time-bound results for which real time crosscheck are essential for effective governance. There is a need for the officers to work with a vision, in a missionary mode and follow the Seven Cs of Commitment,
Compassion, Confidence, Communication, Competence, Consistency, and Creativity, Javadekar added.
Javadekar reminded the officers present that the NDA government was “for the poor”.
Accordingly efforts should be made to serve them with compassion. Author Chetan Bhagat was roped in by the government to gave the bureaucrats a pep talk.