Stand up against wrongdoings of political masters: Rajnath Singh to babus

Rajnath Singh said civil servants have to play a more active and effective role in its implementation.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:April 20, 2017 1:40 pm
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked bureaucrats to stand up against wrongdoings of political masters, saying civil servants must continue their work in the interest of the country and the welfare of people. Attending as the chief guest the inaugural session of the Civil Services Day here, Singh said civil servants should endeavour to become part of the solution and they should never be part of the problem.

“If a political executive gives wrong orders, do not be scared to show them rules. Tell the political executive that you are legally wrong. Do not sign the file. Haan mein haan naa milaiye (Do not become a yes master). Do not betray your conscience,” he said at the function attended by officers belonging to IAS and other all India services.

Lauding the role of bureaucrats in bringing changes in the society, the Home Minister said the job makes an officer responsible, accountable and impartial.

“Civil services has power. But with power comes big responsibility, accompanied by accountability. We should always remember this. Along with the responsibility and accountability, impartiality is the third most important aspect of our civil servants. Lack of impartiality may affect your decision making capabilities,” he said.

Singh said Indian polity has never faced a vacuum and witnessed continuity in all these years as the civil servants contributed largely in maintaining continuity.

“This administrative continuity in India has been one of the important reasons for the success of Indian democracy,” he said. The Home Minister also took a dig at officers who “avoid” taking decisions, saying such hesitations may harm the country’s interests.

“If necessary, discuss and deliberate with your seniors but there should be no hesitation in taking decisions,” he said. Singh said the Narendra Modi government through ‘Jan Dhan, Aadhar and mobile connectivity’ (JAM) convergence is transforming good governance into smart governance.

The Home Minister said the central government is committed to successfully implementing ‘Antyodaya’, a scheme for providing subsidised food to millions of poorest families. Singh said civil servants have to play a more active and effective role in its implementation.

“Our government is known for its commitment and conviction. The Prime Minister has a dream of ensuring ‘Roti, Kapda, Makan, Siksha and Swasthya’ (food, house, education and health service) for everyone by 2022. Civil servants must ensure that the dream becomes a reality,” he said.

Singh said the country’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had said that if civil services was called ‘steel frame’ of India it would not be an exaggeration.

“The guiding principles for civil servants as enunciated by Sardar Patel in 1948 are extremely important in the present day context as well. The ‘steel frame’ of our civil services has not weakened even after 70 years of Independence,” he said.

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  1. T
    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:27 pm
    1. A
      Apr 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm
      Rajnatji, please save those babus and policmen who stood against their political masters in Gujarat against the Modi govt. for the brutality meted out to the minorities.
      1. P
        Apr 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm
        The same thing should have been told to the so called political masters instead of to babu. This man at this age has no interstate in anything except enjoy power ann pelf at the cost of hungry and poor indians
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          Curious onlooker
          Apr 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm
          That is indeed sternest stricture against BJP's political bosses. Hope Mr Raj Nath's message filters through to the highest power level.
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            ASHOK KUMAR
            Apr 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm
            Rajnath Singh's son given ticket in UP elections,while Modi says he is against vanshwaad.
            1. k
              Apr 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm
              IAS wallahas say sirji we join IAS not to stand up to the wrong doings of political masters,but to join them and share the booty. Like Lalu said recently he does not want his sons die poor, we also don't want to die poor, ha ha ha
              1. M
                Apr 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm
                joke of the month !!!! the Babu's must be having a giggle !!!!! LOLLLLLLLLL !!!! what s we voted for to rule our country.
                1. R
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm
                  Tej Bahadur Yadav Sacked by the Border Security Force ! What dose Rajnathji feel about that ? ,
                  1. R
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm
                    As also appointment of yesmen/women in the form of RBI Governor and SBI Chairman. Rajnath sermonizing with empty words and hollow rhetoric.
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                    satender Kumar
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm
                    If the same directions are given in Banks and the officials up to the executive level are allowed to function as per their conscience and as per prescribed rules and there is no undue pressure from the political and executive masters, the position of public sector Banks would have been different and NPA would have been far less the present ones.
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