Stand up against wrongdoings of political masters: Rajnath to babus

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

Dubbing civil servants as the "steel frame" of India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked them not to follow "wrong orders" of a political executive or become "Yes masters", but take decisions in the interest of the nation.

"I was a little bit anxious today".

He also quoted the country's first home minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who had said that if civil services was called "steel frame" of India it would not be an exaggeration. Attending as the chief guest the inaugural session of the Civil Services Day here, Singh said civil servants should endeavour to become part of the solution and they should never be part of the problem. While conceding that there may have been reasons, including valid ones, for the said delay, the home minister began his speech by suggesting that the civil servants needed "to introspect as to why the situation is such as it is today". As a (Union) minister also, I have seen that whenever I have to go to attend a function, people reach the venue a few minutes before the scheduled time.

"It would have been good had we not deviated (from the scheduled time)". "I am telling this as I think we all should conduct a serious introspection".

"The guiding principles for civil servants as enunciated by Sardar Patel in 1948 are extremely important in the present day context as well".

"What we have achieved so far and what should we do in the future. That's why I have raised the issue", he said. "But it started at 9.57 (a.m.)", the Minister said.

"When I was invited for a function, when I was the chief minister, it was quite natural that I would reach the venue 10 minutes before the scheduled time".

Singh, being his punctual self, arrived at the venue at 9.40am, 5 minutes before the event was scheduled to commence. "But for the first time I have seen...(people getting late)", he said.

The function was attended by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister P K Mishra, Secretaries of many central ministries and departments among others.

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