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Competition brings qualitative change, says PM Modi
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Civil servants must ensure that every decision is taken keeping national interest in mind: PM
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today presented awards and addressed civil servants on the occasion of the eleventh Civil Services Day.

Describing this day as one of “rededication,” the Prime Minister said that civil servants are well aware of their strengths and capabilities, challenges and responsibilities.

He said conditions prevailing today are quite different from about two decades ago, and would evolve much further over the next few years. Elaborating on this, the Prime Minister said that earlier, Government was almost the sole provider of goods and services, which left a lot of scope for ignoring one’s shortcomings. However, now, very often, people perceive that the private sector offers better services than Government. The Prime Minister said that with alternatives now being available in several areas, the responsibilities of Government officers have increased. He added that this increase is not in terms of scope of work, but in terms of the challenge.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of competition, which brings qualitative change. He said that the sooner the attitude of Government can change from regulator to enabler, the faster this challenge of competition will become an opportunity.

The Prime Minister said that while the absence of Government in a sphere of activity should be perceptible, its presence in a sphere of activity should not become a burden. He asked civil servants to strive towards such arrangements.

Noting the quantum jump in the applications for Civil Service Day awards, from less than 100 last year to over 500 this year, the Prime Minister said that the focus should now be on improving quality, and making excellence a habit.

The Prime Minister urged senior officers to ensure that experience does not become a burden that stifles innovation of younger officers.

Shri Narendra Modi said that anonymity is one of the greatest strengths of the civil services. He cautioned officers that the use of social media should not lead to a decline in this strength, even as social media and mobile governance are leveraged for connecting people to benefits and government schemes.

Speaking in the context of “reform, perform and transform”, the Prime Minister said that political will is needed for reform, but the “perform” part of this formulation must come from civil servants, while transformation is enabled by people’s participation.

The Prime Minister said that civil servants must ensure that every decision is taken keeping national interest in mind, and this should be their touchstone for taking a decision.

Recalling that the year 2022 would mark 75 years of independence, he urged civil servants to play the role of catalytic agents in fulfilling the dreams of freedom fighters.

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Mr. Khalid Al-Falih calls on the Prime Minister
February 23, 2018
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His Excellency Mr Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, called on the Prime Minister today.

The Minister conveyed personal greetings of His Majesty the King and His Highness the Crown Prince. The Prime Minister requested the Minister to convey his best wishes to them. The Prime Minister also conveyed his thanks for their guidance to strengthening of bilateral retlations, and for according the status of ‘Guest of Honour’ to India at this year’s Janadriyah festival.

The Prime Minister said that there are immense opportunities for Saudi public and private investors in India. Indian economy is growing at a fast pace and as a result there are profitable prospects in sectors such as energy, agriculture and food processing, pharmaceutical and medical devices, fertilizer, petrochemicals and mining. He noted that synergy exists between the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 and various programmes of the Government for economic development of India.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the two countries should look at ways to enhance and diversify bilateral trade and investment and expand all aspects of economic cooperation in accordance with our strategic partnership.