On Monday 14th October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed Chintan Shibir of ATVT at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Narendra Modi ji affirmed that he wished to make ATVT very strong and vibrant so that it can serve the people of the state. He called for importance of further increasing accountability vis-à-vis ATVT and urged officials to be strict on that front.
During his speech Shri Modi also stressed on placing systems in accordance with the changing times. He said, “We need to place our systems as per changing times. If we rely on the systems of older times then that becomes a big burden for us. We may have everything but it is very important that we change wit the times. There also needs to be life in our systems.”
Shri Modi said that for any system to succeed teamwork is absolutely essential. He stated, “When I say Team Gujarat I do not mean the Chief Minister but everyone in the Gujarat Government. And there is immense potential in this Team. We see this quite often. Infact, our district teams have become stronger and are taking initiatives.”
He pointed that during Garib Kalyan Melas it was noticed that the Talukas of Gujarat have immense strength and that is when the idea of giving a strong impetus to an initiative like ATVT gained pace. Recalling this Shri Modi noted, “We observed that most of the work during Garib Kalyan Melas happened at the Taluka level. Our Taluka teams are becoming very strong and we thought why not take decentralization till the Taluka level even going beyond the district level.”
Modi ji stressed on the importance of creating strong teams driven by virtues of transparency and a team where the members think together and think coherently. “I do not believe you only need power to make a team work. It is about the kind of leadership one gives,” said Shri Modi. He even called for incorporating technology in the working of government.
Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Forest Minister Shri Ganpatsinh Vasava, Minister of State Smt. Vasuben Trivedi, Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.