Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told secretary-level government officers to take decisions to build a better future for the country and assured that he would stand by them.

“He (Modi) called upon the senior bureaucrats to simplify and streamline the administrative rules and procedures to make them people-friendly…He also encouraged the officers to take decisions and assured them that he would stand by them,” an official release said, after Modi met all secretaries of the Central government.

This is the first meeting of a prime minister with all secretaries of government departments in over eight years, the release claimed.

Modi, who had a two-and-a-half hour session with the secretaries, empathised with the sentiments expressed by them, and their anguish in not being able to realise their true potential because of circumstances, the release said.

Modi, who took over as prime minister two weeks back, expressed his full faith in the commitment and competence of bureaucrats to build a better future for the country.

Many secretaries heading key departments made presentations on what could be done to improve governance and achieve Indian economy’s potential.

The prime minister asked the secretaries to identify and do away with rules and procedures that have become outdated.

He asked the bureaucrats to begin the process of governance by cleaning-up the offices and improving the workplace, which would automatically result in a better work culture and efficient services to the citizens.

He emphasised the need for use of technology for greater efficiency and effectiveness in administration.

Through use of technology and better understanding among departments, administrative and schematic convergence is possible, he said.

“Only through collective action, faster results can be achieved,” Modi said.

Modi promised that he would be accessible to all officers and encouraged them to approach him with their inputs and ideas.

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