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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