“Your batch will play a key role in the nation’s development in the Amrit Kaal of the next 25 years”
“In the emerging post-pandemic new world order, India has to increase its role and develop itself at a fast pace”
“Atmanirbhar Bharat and Modern India are the biggest goals for us in the 21st century, you should always be mindful of that”
“In all your years of service, factors of service and duty should be the measure of your personal and professional success”
“You do not have to work for numbers but for the lives of the people”
“In this period of Amrit Kaal we have to take Reform, Perform, Transform to the next level. That is why today's India is moving ahead with the spirit of ‘Sabka Prayas’”
“You should pray for never getting an easy assignment”
“The more you think of going to the Comfort Zone, the more you will stop your progress and the progress of the country

Many congratulations to all the young friends on the completion of the Foundation Course! Today is the festival of Holi. I wish all the countrymen, you, the people of the academy and your families a very Happy Holi. I am glad that today postal certificates dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ji and Lal Bahadur Shastri ji have also been issued by your academy. Today the new sports complex and the Happy Valley Complex have also been inaugurated. These facilities will strengthen the team spirit, health and fitness and help in making the civil service more smart and efficient.


Over the years, I have met and spent a long time with many batches of civil servants. But your batch is very special from my point of view. You are starting your career at the time of this Amrit Mahotsav in the 75th year of India's independence. Not many of us will be there when India enters its 100th year of independence. But you and your batch will be there at that time. In this virtuous period of independence, your story and your team will play an important role in all the developments that the country will essay in the next 25 years.


The eyes of the entire world are on India at this juncture of the 21st century. New world order is emerging following circumstances caused by Corona. In this new world order, India has to enhance its role and develop itself at a fast pace. It is time to move forward many times faster than the pace at which we have progressed in the last 75 years. In the near future, you will be handling some district, or department. Somewhere a huge infrastructure project would be going on under your supervision or somewhere you would be offering your suggestions at the policy level. Amidst all this, you have to keep one thing in mind and that is the biggest goal of 21st century India and that is the AatmaNirbhar Bharat, a modern India. We don't have to lose this time and that's why I have a lot of expectations from you. These expectations are related to your personality as well as your actions and your workculture. Therefore, I start with a few smaller things that might come in handy for your personality.


You have been made aware of the vision and thoughts of Sardar Patel ji during the training. The importance of both the spirit of service and the sense of duty has been an integral part of your training. No matter how many years you are in this service, this factor should be the measure of your personal and professional success. One should constantly ask oneself whether the spirit of service or the sense of duty is not ebbing. You should always evaluate whether you are not losing sight of this goal. Keep this goal paramount always. There should be neither diversion nor dilution in it. We all have seen that a person or a system suffers heavily when the spirit of service abates and the feeling of power dominates. For some, this loss may be early or late, but the loss is bound to happen.


I would like to tell you one more thing which might be useful to you. When we work with a sense of duty and a sense of purpose, no work seems like a burden. You too have come here with a sense of purpose. You have come to be a part of a positive change for society, for the country. There is a vast difference between the two methods of getting work done by giving orders and motivating others with a sense of duty. I think this is a leadership quality that you have to develop. This is essential for team spirit. There is no room for any compromise and it is very important.


A few months from now, you all will hit the ground running. You will have to work by understanding the difference between files and the ground reality. You won’t get the real feel in the files. You have to be connected to the field for the real feel. Remember this for the rest of your life the data contained in the files are not just numbers. Every figure, every number, is a life. That life has some dreams and aspirations and that life has some difficulties and challenges. Therefore, you have to work for every single life, not for numbers. I would like to share my feelings with you. This mantra will give you the courage to make a decision and if you follow it, then you will be less likely to make a mistake.


Wherever you will be posted, you will have thezeal and enthusiasm to try something new. You will have so many ideas in your mind to change things. But I would urge you that whenever such a thought comes to your mind that this is not right and requires change, you will come across many systems and rules and regulations which have been there for years and which you may find irrelevant or you may not like. You will find them to be cumbersome. I don’t say whether all that will be wrong, it could be. When you have power, you would feel like doing things your way. But you must be patient and give it a thought to it. Would you follow the path that I suggest?

I want to give some advice to you. Try to understand the root cause of why a particular system was developed or a rule was made and under what circumstances and what was the situation then. Visualize each and every word in the file and find out why it was made 20, 50, or 100 years ago. You do a thorough study and find out the logic, thinking or requirement which went into developing that system. Go to the bottom of it and find out the reason which led to the making of that rule. When you study and go to the root cause of a problem, you will be able to find a permanent solution to it. Things done in haste will look fine for the time being but will not lead to a permanent solution. And when you go deep into all these things, you will have complete control over the administration of that area. And after doing so much, remember one more thing when you have to make a decision.

Mahatma Gandhi always used to say that if your decision benefits the person standing in the last queue of society, then you should not hesitate to take that decision. I want to add one more thing to thiswhatever decision you make, whatever system you change, you must think in the context of the whole of India because we represent the All India Civil Services. The decision in our mind might be local but the dream should be for the entire country.


We have to take Reform, Perform and Transform to the next level during this ‘Amrit Kaal’ of independence. Therefore, India is moving ahead with the spirit of ‘SabkaPrayas’. In your endeavors, you also have to understand the power of everyone's effort and their participation. If you try adding as many parts and every employee in your work, then it becomes the first circle. But the bigger circle will be when you add social organizations and the general public.In a way,everybody, including the last person of society, should be a part of your efforts and there should be their ownership. And if you do these things, then you will not imagine the strength that you will gain.

For example, a municipal corporation in a big city has many sanitation workers who work so hard to keep the city clean. Would it not be an every day festival for sanitation workers if every family and every citizen gets involved with their efforts and there is a people's movement against filth? Will the results be manifold or not? For, everyone's effort brings about a positive result. When there is public participation, then one and one together do not become two, but eleven.


Today I would also like to give you another task. You should keep doing this task throughout your career, and in a way, it should be a part of your life and it should be a habit. And my simple definition of a ritual is a good habit developed by effort.

Wherever you are posted in any district, make an analysis of the problems and difficulties of that district. It may come across to you why your predecessors did not try to solve those problems. Can you identify five challenges of the area where you are posted – the challenges which make the life of the people difficult and are a hindrance to their development?

It is very important for you to identify them at the local level. And I will also tell you why this is necessary. When we formed the government, we also identified many such challenges. Once the challenges were identified, we moved towards their solution. Shouldn’t the poor have pucca houses even after so many years of independence? This was a challenge and we took up that challenge. We decided to give them pucca houses and expanded the PM Awas Yojana at a fast pace.

Many such districts in the country were also a big challenge which were decades behind in the race for development. One state is far ahead, but its two districts are far behind. One district is far ahead but its two blocks are far behind. We as a nation prepared a blueprint that such districts should be identified and a campaign of aspirational districts should be started to bring them at par with the average of the state and if possible to the national average.

Similarly, electricity and gas connection to the poor was another challenge. We started the Saubhagya scheme and gave them free gas connections under the Ujjwala scheme. This is happening for the first time in India after independence when any government has talked about and made plans for taking the schemes towards saturation.

In this context, I want to give you an example. Projects used to get stuck for years due to lack of coordination between different departments. We have also seen that a road which was built was dug by the telephone department the next day and dug by the sewage department again later. Therefore, we have prepared the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan to overcome this challenge of lack of coordination. It is being ensured that all government departments, states, local bodies and every stakeholder should have all the information in advance. When you identify the challenge, then finding a solution and working on it becomes easy.

I urge you to identify 5-7-10 such challenges which you feel their solutions will bring joy to the people of your area. Their trust in the government and respect for you will increase. You make up your mind to solve those problems in your area during your tenure.

There is mention of स्वांत सुखाय (self-pleasure) in our scriptures. Sometimes, one does not get as much pleasure even after doing many things in life compared to the one which one picks up and implements it. It gives endless joy and one does not feel tired. Such is the experience of self-pleasure when one takes up 1-2-5 challenges and overcomes them through the use of one’s resources, experience and talent!The amount of satisfaction that one derives after finding solutions to those challenges is overwhelming.

Your actions should provide peace to the mind and the beneficiaries should acknowledge your efforts. The people of your area should recognize your efforts in solving a very old problem even after you left that place 20 years ago.

I would like you to explore such issues where you can bring qualitative change. And don’t hesitate if you need to review international studies, study law and take the help of technology in this regard. Just imagine the collective prowess of 300-400 people who would be in charge of different districts of the country. In other words, together you can give birth to new hope in half of India and there will be an unprecedented change. You are not alone. Your approach, efforts and initiatives can influence 400 districts in half of India.


Our government is supporting this era of transformation of civil service with reforms. Mission Karmayogi and Aarambh programsare part of it. I am told that the nature of training in your academy has now been based on Mission Karmayogi. I am sure all of you will benefit a lot from this. I want to bring one more matter to your attention. You must pray that you do not get any simple work in the future. I can see your faces dropping after I said this.

You must be wondering what kind of Prime Minister is this who is advising us to pray for not getting any easy job. You should always look for challenging jobs and this should be your endeavor. The joy of a challenging job is something different. The more you think of being in your comfort zone, the more you will derail yours as well as the country’s progress. Your life will come to a standstill. Your life itself will become a burden to you after a few years. You are now at that stage of your life when age is with you. The risk-taking capacity is highest at this age. What you will learn in the next 2-4 years upon taking a challenging job will be much more than what you have learned in the last 20 years. And these lessons will be useful to you for the next 20-25 years.


You may be from different states, from the different social milieu, but you are also the driving force behind ‘Ek Bharat,Shreshtha Bharat’. I am sure your sense of service, your humble personality and your honesty will make you a distinct identity in the years to come. Long ago, I had suggested this, but I don’t know whether it has happened this time, that when you come to the academy, you should write a long essay and narrate the reason behind joining this field, your dreams and resolutions. Why have you chosen this stream? What do you want to do? Where do you see your life through this service? Keep that essay in the Cloud. There is probably a program here after you complete 25 or 50 years.

Those who leave this academy in Mussoorie 50 years ago return after 50 years. You read your first essay after 25 or 50 years. You read that essay after 25 years and analyze whether you lived up to your dreams and achieved those targets. Therefore, it is important to write this essay before leaving the campus.

There are several training modules here. There is a library and everything is here. But I would like to urge the director and others to add two things to the training program. There should be a good lab for Artificial Intelligence here and all our officers should be trained in Artificial Intelligence. Similarly, Data Governance should be part of the training. Data will be a huge force in the time to come. We need to learn and understand everything about Data Governance and apply it everywhere. Those who are graduating may not be entitled, but these two things will be very handy for the next batches.

And if possible, start a certificate course in Data Governance in your Karmayogi mission, so that people can take online exams and get certificates. There should be a certificate course in Artificial Intelligence. There should be an online exam and bureaucrats should take the exam and get the certificate. Gradually,it will be of great help to fulfill the dream of modern India.


I would have loved to be amongst you and spend some time with you. But due to paucity of time, other problems and the Parliament session, I could not come. But still, I can see you all, thanks to technology. I can read your facial expressions and I am sharing my thoughts with you.

I wish you all the very best. Many congratulations.


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