Politics should never override policy: PM Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister formed 10 new Groups of Secretaries that will submit reports on various governance issues by the end of November.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 12:54 am
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POLITICS SHOULD never override policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday told a batch of young IAS officers and urged departmental secretaries later in the day to “critically evaluate government work”.

The Prime Minister formed 10 new Groups of Secretaries that will submit reports on various governance issues by the end of November. Previously, eight Groups of Secretaries were formed but they worked on specific themes, whereas this time the focus of the groups will be on sectors such as agriculture, energy, transport, a statement from the PMO said.

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Speaking of demographic dividend, Modi said all groups must prioritise harnessing the strengths of the 800 million youth of India as part of their recommendations. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister met young IAS officers who had just completed three months working in various central departments before their postings in respective cadres.

“Stating that politics should never override policy, the Prime Minister urged the officers to use two touchstones to help them in their decision-making: that the decisions should never be counter to national interest, and that the decisions should not harm the poorest of the poor,” the PMO statement said.

The IAS officers of 2014 batch, who have completed their three-month stint at Centre as Assistant Secretaries, made eight presentations before the PM on various themes of governance such as DBT, Swachh Bharat, e-Courts, Tourism, Health and Satellite Applications in Governance.

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First Published on: October 28, 2016 12:40 am
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    Mathura
    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:01 am
    Monday, October 21, 2013, 10:43 [IST] in speech at Chennai Narendra Modi cracks Aadhar jokes on UPA, Manmohan Singh: Speaking about the recent Supreme Court order, which says that Aadhar card is not mandatory for Indian citizen, Modi cracked jokes on UPA government-led by Manmohan Singh. Modi taunted the Congress which tried to woo the Indians with its dream project "Aadhar". The apex court also asked the central and state governments not to issue Aadhar cards to illegal migrants. Speaking about the Supreme Court order and UPA's failure, Modi said, I am placing one thing for the 1st time- For the last 3 years I am raising issues on Aadhaar card. I said Gujarat is a border state if you keep dolling out Aadhaar cards like this then illegal immigrants will get upper hand." "What SC raised today, I raised 3 years ago. I said call a National Security Card meet, consult CMs but he did nothing. When SC has raised these points, PM must tell nation, were all his departments, Cabinet Ministers were on board." View this statement 3 years bask and today's statement. See who is / was doing politics with the policies
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      Dharmeshkumar
      Oct 31, 2016 at 5:46 am
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        mathimathi
        Oct 28, 2016 at 3:49 am
        Is an ours bravest Indian army action a politics feku Ji?
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          Kendre Rajendra
          Oct 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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