The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today interacted with Secretaries to the Government of India, for over 70 minutes.
In course of the interaction, the Prime Minister appreciated the work done by the Secretaries over the last year and a half. He said that the vast expertise of the Secretaries in various domains of the governance, should now be leveraged to bring about "breakthroughs, rather than incremental change."
The Prime Minister exhorted Secretaries to come up with ideas for transformative change in areas such as good governance, employment generation, education and health, farmer-centric initiatives, innovative budgeting, accelerated inclusive growth, Swachh Bharat and Ganga rejuvenation; and energy efficiency. The Prime Minister emphasized that in each of these areas, the focus should be on measures which will transformatively improve the lives of people. He laid stress on people's participation in governance, and empowerment of the common man.
Secretaries will now interact among each other, in sub-groups over the next two weeks, after which they will present their ideas and suggestions to the Prime Minister.
Union Ministers Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Rajnath Singh, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Shri Nitin Gadkari were present. Senior officers of Cabinet Secretariat and PMO were also present.