PM Modi to officers: Decide without fear, don’t promote self on social media

“If a decision is taken with honest intention, truthfulness and for the welfare of public, there is nobody in the world who can raise a finger at you. Yes, something may happen momentarily, but I am with you,” said Modi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2017 4:51 am
narendra modi,PM modi, modi, modi social media, social media campaign, social media propaganda, social media welfare, indian express news, india news Narendra Modi at the Civil Services Day function in New Delhi Friday. Express Photo by Amit Mehra

TAKE DECISIONS without fear, and don’t use social media for self-promotion — these were the two key messages in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to bureaucrats on Friday. “If a decision is taken with honest intention, truthfulness and for the welfare of public, there is nobody in the world who can raise a finger at you. Yes, something may happen momentarily, but I am with you,” said Modi, addressing the gathering of bureaucrats, mostly IAS officers, on the occasion of Civil Services Day.

In the past, some bureaucrats have referred to three Cs — CAG, CBI and CVC — as stumbling blocks in decision-making, responsible for “policy paralysis”.

Defining “anamika” or anonymity as one of the greatest assets of civil servants, Modi said this needs to be maintained. “These days, I see district magistrates posting photographs of themselves administering vaccines at vaccination camps on Facebook. Social media should be used to promote the government’s schemes, not oneself,” he said. “In fact, I noticed officers would constantly check their phones during meetings. So I have banned phones in my meetings,” he said.

Modi stressed that he has the political will to carry out reforms, and asked bureaucrats to break silos and work together as a team to perform and transform the country. “I do not lack political will. Maybe I have a bit extra,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the country and the civil servants should set a new target of 2022 — marking 75 years of India’s independence. “If we cannot make India emerge as one of the global powers by 2022, then it will be a disservice to our freedom fighters,” he said.

He asked the civil servants to weigh their decisions from an outcome point of view, and not on the basis of output. “Aim to work on a ‘CAG+1’. If you concentrate on achieving the numbers then you will get the output, which may satisfy the CAG’s standards, but you will not get the outcome for welfare of the country,” he said. “Aankado se badlav aata hai kya (Can we achieve change through numbers),” he said.

Reiterating a point from his previous year’s Civil Services Day address, Modi said senior officers should not have a “know-it-all” attitude, and should consider the opinion of their juniors too. “Hierarchy is a legacy of the British era. It creates what I call the burden of experience,” he said.

Raising the issue about people’s perception of the bureaucracy, he said people clap when the Army saves lives during a flood in Kashmir. “The same people may later pelt stones at them but for a moment this deed touches them,” the PM said.

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    mumbai
    Apr 23, 2017 at 11:34 am
    Do it for the nation. When yuva vahini beat you bear it for nation. when yuva wahini abuse you receive with smile for the nation.
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      kripashankar
      Apr 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm
      All officers have already been copies of BJP agenda with the order that all your actions should be directed to implement the agenda...so where does these holy words fit in?
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        Needhi
        Apr 22, 2017 at 12:23 pm
        Advuse is for others. He cannot even meet farmers in delhi fighting for 37 days. What a contradiction.
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          ASHOK
          Apr 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm
          embly & LS elections are far away. That's why MODI, even by mistake will take any action.
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          pradeep
          Apr 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm
          If the pm has anything to say to anyone of these groups let it be through a circular or whatever .why should ordinary people bother about it.talking endlessly leaves no record.
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            kripashankar
            Apr 22, 2017 at 11:05 pm
            The day is not for off when you will see his MAN-KI-BAA T printed in 13 languages.
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            ASHOK
            Apr 22, 2017 at 11:47 am
            "Selfi Maharaj" giving advice LOL
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              George
              Apr 22, 2017 at 10:56 am
              Self-talk and selfie is Mr.Modi's monopoly. Isn't there a limit to the vulgarity of contradiction?
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                Bhasi
                Apr 22, 2017 at 10:33 am
                "Don't promote self on social media" - Dear Modi BABA, please read your own statement at least two times in an hour. Please do something for Indians rather than making statements and political gimmicks like demonetization... It is true that your measures are good to stop black money and I appreciate that w heartedly. But please do something to create job vacancies by using those captured money rather than spending it for election wins and fake government propa a through media. Government must try to invest by itself for starting venture capitals rather than depending on foreign investments - the true 'Make in India' is that. If foreigners invest, sure they will take a big profit with them - So please initiate Make in policy rather than just announcing it...
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                  Truth
                  Apr 22, 2017 at 10:12 am
                  Only your Bhakts will lap up every word you say Mr. P M !
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                    Naren
                    Apr 22, 2017 at 9:56 am
                    Always a Party candidate talk. About honesty, intention and morality, people know about the storyteller.
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                      Naren
                      Apr 22, 2017 at 9:59 am
                      Where is the power of Lokpal and where is the black money and where is the source of Party fund?? People don't need mann ki baat, they need only Kaam, no baat. Work will tell your story.
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                      ASHOK
                      Apr 22, 2017 at 8:56 am
                      The biggest Fraud we had till date
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                        Ramesh agarwal
                        Apr 22, 2017 at 8:48 am
                        Pm well said as you have all the rights of selfies and self promotion. And in these days no need of any baba's as all lecture you give day and night.. do this and don't do this...mahan ho app
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                          Partha Majumder
                          Apr 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
                          Smash stone pelters like roach. Smash them like Israel do.
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                            Anupam Saurabh
                            Apr 22, 2017 at 8:18 am
                            There are high handed officers in IT department who think themselves above law with this kind of address from PM. Instead of serving country, they are creating resons of harr ment of honest citizens. My RTI queries have not been answered in 5 weeks, just being bounced across within IT department 5 times already. Because they have no basis of illegal back dated IT demands, and for dictating format of middle/last name on PAN card applications, and failures of Aadhar linking attempts via UID verification that succeeds, but fails at NSDL/IT department itself. They forget they are accountable to law of the land!
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                              NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited
                              May 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm
                              Inconvenience caused is highly regretted. Kindly E-mail your query to customerservice@nsdl.co
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                              Nishant Patnaik
                              Apr 22, 2017 at 8:15 am
                              Guys, commenting here, what do you want then? You have problems with every thing he speaks. If he says something, remember he has given a thought before speaking, unlike most of you here. I am not a BJP or Modi supporter, but don't you realise this guy is the best option we have right now. If you have a problem then go to Rahul hi. And atleast he is cleaning Congress' mess right now and helping India build. If people can't realise this now I feel so sorry for you.
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                                shake
                                Apr 22, 2017 at 7:56 am
                                Well said.
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                                  kripashankar
                                  Apr 22, 2017 at 11:09 pm
                                  EK NE KAHI DOOSRE NE MAANI MODI JI KAHEN DONO HAIN BAHT GYANI
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                                  Shiva Doesit
                                  Apr 22, 2017 at 7:51 am
                                  I think there is a typo in heading of article. It should have been "don’t promote self on social media like me instead promote me" ;-)
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                                    RAMASWAMY
                                    Apr 22, 2017 at 8:21 am
                                    PERFECT
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                                    rajan
                                    Apr 22, 2017 at 7:36 am
                                    A Hypocrite Preacher.A self--obsessed politician busy in promoting himself. He doesn't want even hi(MKG) to be seen onKVIC Calendar& got him replaced by his own picture; is now sermonising everyone to be selfless. One is amazed to see that under sell-obsessed Modi, youngsters are becoming selfie-obsessed &the nation cell-obsessed with little concern for others.
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                                      AK Raja
                                      Apr 22, 2017 at 8:15 am
                                      He is a politician. In a democracy, in addition to performance​, one has to promote his schemes and build a b image to win elections. Performance and public perception are equally important. But a bureaucrat doesn't need to gain public ratings to stay in position. So use Ur brain before commenting you dumb piece of . If u don't have one, atleast listen to his full speech. He mentioned this clearly.
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                                        rajan
                                        Apr 22, 2017 at 9:00 am
                                        Oh! Bhajtard& giving certificates of IQ. What a contradiction. Birdbrains like you always consider themselves to be Know-alls like their 'omniscient' PM.
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                                      bitterhoney
                                      Apr 22, 2017 at 6:52 am
                                      Only I have the right to promote myself on social media, how dare babus promote themselves on social media.
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                                        Sanjay Shelar
                                        Apr 22, 2017 at 12:22 am
                                        Hon. PM had said that bureaucrats should not promote themselves on social media. Rather they should promote government policies and schemes. But the social media is the platform open to all. A bureaucrat should not be restricted to use his Face book account or WhatsApp. He has his social life.He should not be restricted to share his work experience and achievements.. It's motivational and inspirational for new generations. The feedback they get help them in improve their strategic planning. Social media connectivity help the government policies to reach to the beneficiary.
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                                          N.PRABHAKARAN.MD
                                          Apr 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm
                                          Poverty , Price Increase, Unemployment,Water Scarcity,Framer loan debit,Power shortage, Unutilized central govt Fund,Bribe,Corruption, Misuse Officials Power, Black Money, Decrease gift items,Mariana beach Police women's Protests Jalikutu,Framers cries,Unutilized Global Investment, extra, No one Ruling Party never work mention issue, Their issue who become CM ? and Jayalaitha death ? Sasikala Family dispute, Making all False Allegations BJP Govt ? All MLAs and Depends visit Marine Jayalaitha Death Place marking Drama,Raid all black money cores by Minister and Secretary, I felt bad after death Jayalaitha Tamil nadu became debts per head Rs 38000/.and Total failure Tamilnadu both Industry and Agriculture growth, People's are suffering basic needs,but They Speaking Rich status,Since from one year Tamil nadu became waste all sectors by Political Peoples, Evey day AIDMK Political Drama and Family dispute and Judiciary are increase but Fail all welfare Activities, Oh God Save Tamil Peoples
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                                            EngrReddy
                                            Apr 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm
                                            Gya baath hai. IAS should not talk as if they know everything but politician can!
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