PM Modi: Use social media for public welfare, not for self-praise

Here are the highlights of PM Modi's speech

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2017 8:05 pm
PM Modi, Narendra Modi, Modi on Civil Services Day, Prime Minister's awards, Civil Services Day awards, Rajnath Singh, Rajnath Singh on Civil Services Day, Rajnath Singh, indian express news Modi said, “Political will can reform but bureaucracy performs and public participation transforms. We have to bring them in one wavelength.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that mobile phones were banned from his meetings because he often found officers checking social media sites in the midst of official discussions. “I see these days that district-level officers are so busy, busy, that most of their time goes into it (social media). I have stopped the entry (of mobile phones) in my meetings as they (officers) would take them out and start (checking out social media sites),” he said at a meeting of bureaucrats to mark Civil Services Day. He added that the social media should be used for the welfare of the people and not for self-praise

Modi also asked bureaucrats to become an enabling entity from being a regulator. Modi said, “Our experience should not become a burden. Hierarchy remains an issue, a legacy from the British which we did not leave behind.” He said no reforms commission can replace the suggestions coming from the serving officers. “To reform, political will is needed. I do not lack it,” he said.

The prime minister, in his speech, said that there is a need to bring a qualitative change in the functioning of civil services. “Changing trends in the last 15-20 years have altered the dynamics. Competition can play a big role in bringing a qualitative change,” Modi said. The prime minister also said that there is a need to change the working style with changing times. “With quantum jump in work must also come a qualitative change. With changing times, a need may arise that we may have to change our working style.,” he said.

Speaking about political will in bringing reforms, PM Modi said, “Political will can reform but bureaucracy performs and public participation transforms. We have to bring them in one wavelength.”

Modi asked bureaucrats to learn to take advice and ideas from junior-most person and asked them to take ownership. “A spirit of ownership is essential. Let us believe that through this set up we can bring a positive change in people’s lives.” he said. Criticising the role of hierarchy in civil services,  PM Modi said that ‘we inherited hierarchical traditions from our colonial rulers but we have not left them behind.’

Modi, whose speech was often met with cheers and laughter, said that he was not a part of the bureaucracy because he did not get the chance “to attend coaching”. The reference was to tuition classes which many would-be bureaucrats join to be able to qualify for the civil services.

If he had, he said, he would have become a bureaucrat of the rank of a director after serving the people for 16 years. “It is my good luck that I am in public service for the past 16 years…I did not get the chance to attend coaching,” he said.

As his audience applauded, he turned to Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary in the PMO–who was sitting on the dais–and asked him what rank he would have reached after 16 years in service. “Deputy Secretary? Director,” he said, after consulting Misra. “So I should have come in the director category.”

Modi added that there had been several committees and commissions on administrative reforms, comprising officers from central and state governments. “But all those who made all these reports, they must not have read them completely,” he said.

“I feel that those working in this system have enormous experience. What you (bureaucrats) have, the kind of suggestions you have, no reform can be bigger than that. But we don’t value this (experience),” the Prime Minister said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Hemen Parekh
    Apr 22, 2017 at 10:28 am
    “ Think Out of the Box “ Possible ? DNA ( 22 April 2017 ) carries following report : “ Take decisions fast , don’t fear consequences : PM “ Here is an extract : • Urging the country’s top officials to “ think out of the box “and take collective ownership to bring change, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told them to become “ enablers ” rather than “ regulators “ • Some bureaucrats have referred to the three Cs – the CAG , CBI and the CVC – as stumbling blocks in decision making. • He asked civil servants to weigh their decisions from an outcome point of view and not from an output point of view • A legislation proposed in 2013 to amend the “ Prevention of Corruption Act “ to protect “ honest “ officials by differentiating between a corrupt decision and a genuine error is pending before the parliament • Over the years, this “ fear factor “ have led bureaucrats to defer decisions either referring them to their respective Ministers or to the PMO • If a decision is taken with
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      SubbuI
      Apr 22, 2017 at 1:39 am
      NALAYAK NMODI BEFORE GIVING LECTURES AND JOKEING BHASHANS MUST LEARN WHAT TO TALK AND WHAT NOT TO? WHERE AND WHERE NOT RTO TALK ALL HIS FALTU GYAN? WHEN AND NOT WHEN O CRACK JOKES NOT IN FRONT OF ANY AUDIANCE . VERY FOOLISH AND EMBAR ING TACTICS. WHEN THIS NALAYAK WILL BE OUT? GOD ALONE KNOWS
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        Ajay G
        Apr 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm
        What has Modi left behind from the past legacy !! He has followed all policies laid out by past 4 gov'ts. He just changed the names of various schemes and is taking credit. Had he faced the situation when country became Independent, he would have been more reasonable. Under RSS, would 500 plus states have joined India ? I reckon, India would have been confined to UP, Bihar, MP, Rajasthan & Gujarat. Non-Hindi speaking regions would have declared themselves Independent.
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          Mahender Goriganti
          Apr 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm
          Blind con;t see, deaf con;t hear & dumb con's cont comprehend. U R all of it.
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          Ravun
          Apr 21, 2017 at 8:44 pm
          Ha ha , nice joke . Because of false media praise and communal mind u r there .
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            laxman
            Apr 21, 2017 at 8:23 pm
            selfie expert tour and travels feku when are giving justice to yashodaben
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              rajan
              Apr 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm
              IE, Do you have any employee who takes care of the bugs in your system? If you care to check the contents of reader's comments, you will automatically come to know that there is something amiss. With improvement in technology, you should be having a robust system which helps correct our mistakes. Instead, your system corrupts our content by devouring letters&/or words
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                Mahender Goriganti
                Apr 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm
                Very true. But but that is the business they are in for clicks.
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                rajan
                Apr 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm
                Practice before you preach. All the time busy in self agg i t, Modi& his team is a big hoax. Illiterates sermonising bureaucrats. But for them, these power hungry politicians would be worthless creatures.
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                  Mahender Goriganti
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm
                  For most PM educated a lot of morons like you to be more productive.
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                  s s nair
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm
                  Restore peace in J & K or get out.
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