Government must be enabler, not regulator: Prime Minister Modi

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 21, 2017

"With quantum jump in work must also come a qualitative change", Modi said at the 11th Civil Services Day in Delhi. Things have been changing for the past 15 years.

"Describing this day as one of rededication", the Prime Minister said that civil servants are well aware of their strengths and capabilities, challenges and responsibilities.

Modi, however, added that while political will is required for reforms, the government can perform through its bureaucratic powers. "I do not lack it and may be having a bit extra", the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister urged senior officers to ensure that experience does not become a burden that stifles innovation of younger officers.

Earlier, government's role from healthcare to wanting to set up an industry was very strong.

Modi also touched upon the political instability and the violence stemming in Kashmir between the Army and the people saying, " When army saves lives during flood in Kashmir, people clap for them at that moment, even if they pelt stones on them later ".

Speaking about the problems in civil services, the PM said, "Hierarchy remains an issue - this is something we inherited from colonial rulers and we did not leave that behind".

Citing examples of private hospital and airlines, Modi said people have been criticising public services and tend to be more satisfied by private services. He cautioned officers that the use of social media should not lead to a decline in this strength, even as social media and mobile governance are leveraged for connecting people to benefits and government schemes.

"With changing times, a need may arise that we may have to change our working style". From regulator, we need to be an enabling entity, " Modi said.

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