Put in more hours, I’ll do an hour more: PM Narendra Modi to officers

Officials said it was an inspirational speech and that the PM did not touch upon any specific issue as such. “Move beyond files and go to the fields” — that was the message the PM conveyed. The PM said that district collectors should convey the benefits of GST.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 10:14 am
Narendra Modi, manmohan Singh, Quit Indian Movement, 70 years of Quit India Movement, Indian Express, Freedom struggle, India News Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the At Home function at Rashtrapati Bhawan. (Express photo by Renuka Puri)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told bureaucrats across the country that whatever number of hours they put in their jobs every day, he will put in an hour more in his work. Speaking to district collectors, chief secretaries and central secretaries through a 30-minute video-speech New India Manthan in the evening, the PM said the five years between 2017 and 2022 should be taken up collectively for all-round development of the country, with stakeholders and beneficiaries as “partners of development”.

He was speaking to the top officers to commemorate the 75 years of the Quit India Movement. He said that by the time 75 years of Independence is celebrated in 2022, there should be “perceptible change” in areas of healthcare, education, roads, poverty alleviation among others, officers who attended the speech told The Indian Express. “He said that if you put in more hours, I promise you, I will put in an hour more than you,” said an officer. “Do not view people as beneficiaries, but view them as partners in this exercise and reach out to them for assistance and collaboration,” one officer quoted the PM as saying in the speech.

Officials said it was an inspirational speech and that the PM did not touch upon any specific issue as such. “Move beyond files and go to the fields” — that was the message the PM conveyed. The PM said that district collectors should convey the benefits of GST, or “Good and Simple Tax”, to the traders and businessmen of their districts. Modi also compared the development work in a district to a “relay race”. He said that just as the baton is passed on from one athlete to the next in a relay race, with the ultimate objective of winning the race, similarly, the development baton passes on successively from one collector to the next. He said a new website newindia.in, which contains information and activities related to the ‘Sankalp Se Sidhhi’ movement, has been created for this five-year exercise.

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    Ash
    Aug 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    Easy to make tall claims to a servile beaurucracy.Fact is PM is travelling most of the time,either overseas or campaigning.Hardly any time left for attending office.Surely collectors should be allowed to assess GST on their own and not parroting great benefits of GST,which in present form has become a stumbling block for ordinary businessmen.These people are running around trying to find out how they are affected ,and what they are supposed to do s utes are offering classes to teach them the basics for 3000 to 5000 RS over a period of 3 weeks.Strange that something like this should have been introduced without first enlightening the people who are directly affected.Yet another sign of govt incompetence .I wouldn't be surprised if govt workers aren't also clueless.If cess is going to be added where is this one tax .Actually it's in 5 slabs with possibilities of add ons such as cess.Main advantage would be removal of border posts but you will still need checks to avoid evasion.
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      A. M.
      Aug 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm
      I was working in a govt setup in Gujarat before I progressed at a better place and job and that was his daily drama when he was the c.m. He himself is just busy in his own promotions - the health dept purposely delayed the pulse polio program because they did not had feku's posters ready and those were fake credit taking posters claiming that feku was doing the pulse polio immunization programme while it was the upa govt in the center that was funding the program. Thank god, I left Gujarat and then later I left India to work amongst honest people unlike the liar feku's administration.
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        jk
        Aug 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm
        Mr.Pm u r married bachlor whereo others hv a family to look after.
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          Rahul
          Aug 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm
          Modi working day and night to implement RSS agenda all over the country. Mahatma Gandhiji will no more be known as "Father of the Nation", School curriculum will be changed to suit Sanghi ideology. All heritage structures needs to be renamed. Hard work is being done to give Mother Cow more importance than human beings. Poor animals cannot speak else they would have said something on their behalf. He is working very hard to make India a Hindu Nation like Porkistan. All the opposition parties need to be eradicated.......and many more tasks are pending !! Oh God I did not know Modi had so much to do. Even 48 hours in a day will not be enough for Modi. Maybe Amit Shah is doing his best to help !
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            Jaganathan Vijayakumar
            Aug 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm
            Comments are seen from political point of view rather than his sincerity for around development of our country. Unlike Emergency declared by Congress for retaining power, he is motivating everyone for contributing their best,.
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              Ash
              Aug 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm
              Sincerity can be artificial.BJP only serious about gaining and retaining power at any cost.They don't really care about the poor,otherwise they would not have imposed taxes on a lot of items for daily use.Parliament and ins ution are being trampled on.Relations with neighbours at a new low.Kashmir problem near a boil and yet this govt heading off to Gujrat for 1 Rajya sabha seat!
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              Chintamani
              Aug 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm
              One hour more of tourism can easily be achieved by Modi. Bureaucrats should work more. This is in a way underestimating the efforts of highly qualified Bureaucrats and trying to convey a message to people that he is the hardest working person in country and others need to work more. All previous PM's have been working very hard, much more productive than Modi, but never advertised their own achievements. Now Modi bhakts will say that previous PM's worked hard for corruption "lame joke"....... Modi works really hard but keeps going round and round - without any forward progress.
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                Aadis
                Aug 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                Mr Modiji,,very hard working Man for popularity .
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                  Prashant
                  Aug 10, 2017 at 12:11 pm
                  For every one hour extra spent by bureaucrats modi will visit two east European countries. Coz, why not?
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