Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the combination of development and good governance is essential for the welfare and satisfaction of citizens.
Interacting with a group of over 70 Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries of the central government in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Modi said, good governance should be a priority for the officers.
He emphasized the need for all wings of the Government to work in harmony and synchronisation to achieve the best possible results. The Prime Minister said, all officers must keep the poor and the ordinary citizens in their minds while taking decisions.
He said, the world is looking to India with positive expectations and the entire world feels that a successful India is vital for a global balance. Mr Modi said, there is also a strong undercurrent for excellence from the common citizens of India.
The Prime Minister said, youth from humble backgrounds, with very limited resources are achieving best positions in competitive exams and sports. He asked the officers to work to promote this spontaneous upsurge of talent, recalling the spirit and energy that they themselves would have possessed in the first three years of their service.
The Prime Minister said this is a unique opportunity for officers to deliver their utmost for the benefit of the nation. He emphasized the importance of breaking silos, and efficient internal communication between various departments of the Government. He also underlined the necessity of speed and efficiency in decision making.
Mr Modi said, honest decision making with good intention will always be encouraged by the Union Government. He asked the officers to focus attention on the 100 most backward districts of India, so that they can be brought up to the national average level, on various development parameters.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Nripendra Mishra and Additional Principal Secretary Dr P K Mishra were present during the interaction. This was the first of five such interactions.