Change from being a regulator to an enabler: PM Modi to bureaucrats

The prime minister said conditions prevailing today are quite different from about two decades ago, and would evolve much further over the next few years.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 21, 2017 8:42 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the government servants to change their role from being a regulator to an enabling entity to turn the challenges into opportunities. In an over 90-minute pep-talk to bureaucrats on the occasion of ‘Civil Services Day’, he said now, very often, people perceive that the private sector offers better services than the government.

The prime minister said that with the alternatives now being available in several areas, the responsibilities of the government officers have increased, not in terms of scope of work, but in terms of the challenge. Modi said that the sooner the attitude of government servants can change from a regulator to an enabler, the faster this challenge of competition will become an opportunity.

“It will be good if you change your working style and way of thinking. If you come out of the role of being a regulator and act as an enabling entity, then challenges would convert into opportunities,” he said.

The prime minister said conditions prevailing today are quite different from about two decades ago, and would evolve much further over the next few years. Elaborating on this, he said that earlier, the government was almost the sole provider of goods and services, which left a lot of scope for ignoring one’s shortcomings.

Addressing the civil servants, Modi said that while the absence of the government in a sphere of activity should be perceptible, its presence in a sphere of activity should not become a burden. He asked the civil servants to strive towards such arrangements.

The prime minister urged the senior officers to ensure that experience does not become a burden that stifles innovation of the younger officers. Modi said that anonymity is one of the greatest strengths of the civil services.

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  1. V
    Apr 22, 2017 at 5:55 am
    the transition will be almost impossible because of the culture of the system. The high end bureaucrats, most of them, borne with silver spoon in their mouths, may find it very difficult to function with out the spoon. Also their fulfilment comes from exercising unilateral control. The IAS badge gives them ,it seems ,an universal wisdom as soon as they come out of the administrative college.similar to a yogi attaining the universal truth after long years of meditation. The only way to overcome this is to s the civil service which is a vestige of 200 year british rule with promoting personnel who had good knowledge and experience of working in their respective department. No where in the world this is practice can be found. Apart from the military service, this practice of direct entry will eventually make our administrative services less attractive to good quality man power.
    1. S
      SK Gupta
      Apr 22, 2017 at 5:03 am
      Dear PM Sir, majority of our govt officials are part of the problem and not part of the solution. If they get regular raise in ries without performance, why will they work ? They come at 11.30 am have a two hour lunch break and leave at 5 pm !
      1. A
        Apr 22, 2017 at 4:25 am
        Hit the nail on the head. The administrators should get over the Raj era of being My Baap to speeding the progress of their nation and countrymen. Get the feeling it is our country and be the instruments of change.
        1. M
          Apr 22, 2017 at 3:28 am
          My family's elders, former Congress party supporters, are able to compare Indian bureaucrats under the British Raj, pre-1947, with the same body under the Pseudo-socialists and harbingers of the Corruption Raj. British officials, despite their colonial superiority complex, enabled several Indian businesses to start up and function - Tatas and Birlas laid the foundation for Indian industry, including the First Asian Airline, Air India, started by Tata elder. Misrule of the Pseudo-socialists consisted in changing the role of Indian Bureaucracy to leaches who suck the blood out of private industry and ordinary citizens.
          1. C
            Common Man
            Apr 21, 2017 at 11:39 pm
            Prime Minister should enact laws that removes perks and privileges of bureaucrats. All Cl A officers should be treated as equal. IAS officers have legalized their seniority through legislation over other Cl A officers. This should be s ped. Every year there should be performance appraisal and ranking of bureaucrats. Those at bottom of rank should be put on notice. Non performance and corruption should result in termination without pension benefits. Investigation in to corruption should be completed within six to nine months. Public grievances should be taken seriously. Inability to resolve such grievances should result in disciplinary action. Government positions should be open to private sector, academia and experts for lateral entry at all levels. Prime Minister has the mandate. Country is waiting on him with high hopes to bring bureaucratic reforms
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