instructions from a young minister like him. Mukherjee was narrating the incident while addressing officers belonging to IAS, IPS, IFS and Royal Bhutan Civil Service at a function held at Mussoorie’s Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) on Friday.
In this age of growing political pressure on bureaucrats, many officers wanted to know Mukherjee’s prescription for dealing with such a situation. Mukherjee who had worked as a minister for many years during the last four decades before moving to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, said civil servants facing political pressure needed to be patient and tactful in handling issues within the prescribed legal framework. At the same time civil servants should understand the compulsion of political leaders who are answerable to their constituents, in wake of the growing development aspirations, Mukherjee added. He advised civil servants to have a vision of their own.
President attended the valedictory function of 7th MCTP Phase-V 2013. The course team comprises LBSNAA director Padamvir Singh, joint directors Sanjeev Chopra and Ranjana Chopra, and deputy director Prem Singh. The other dignitaries present on the occasion included Governor of Uttarakhand Aziz Qureshi, Union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions V Narayanasamy and DoPT secretary SK Sarkar.