The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today had an informal interaction with all Secretaries to the Government of India. The interaction, which was followed by high tea, was held on the Panchvati lawns at 7, Race Course Road.
In the course of the interaction, the Prime Minister described the assembled officers, as one team, and appreciated the good work done by the team over the last ten months. In particular, the Prime Minister mentioned the success of coal block auctions, and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
The Prime Minister once again urged all Secretaries to consult each other regularly, to eliminate silos, if any, and speed up the process of decision-making. He said a "communication gap" in this team was absolutely untenable.
The Prime Minister reiterated his view that officers in the Government should have the freedom and protection for objective, honest decision-making, and said efforts were being made to ensure this.
Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog Shri Arvind Panagariya, Member of NITI Aayog Shri Bibek Debroy, Cabinet Secretary Shri Ajit Seth, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Shri Nripendra Misra, and Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Shri P.K. Mishra, were present.