Sunday, November 02, 2014

Visit your place of first posting for couple of days and bring new ideas, PM tells secretaries

UNION secretaries on Saturday evening had a chance to directly interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at PM’s official residence of 7 Race Course over tea, dhoklas, pakoras and gulab jamuns among other snacks. PM who had earlier interacted with them in a similar meeting on June 4, 2014, has now advised the top bureaucrats to visit the place of their first posting for a couple of days, hoping that…
the exercise would provide them several new insights on policy-making, according to an official statement issued by Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). As many as 80 secretaries were present during the interaction when a number of them spoke about their new initiatives.
Modi also called upon senior officers to study the ideas and suggestions being received on the MyGov platform, saying that individuals giving good suggestions need to be identified, and teams can be built in this fashion.
PM also encouraged secretaries to come up with new ideas and proposals for the forthcoming Union budget, and asked all government departments to advance the budget related processes by three months, so that the moment a new financial year begins on April 1, work could begin as per the provisions of the new Budget in real-time, the statement added. He also called for shifting government emphasis from output to outcome.
Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu were also present. National Security Advisor, cabinet secretary, principal secretary and additional principal secretary to the Prime Minister were present in the interactive meeting that lasted over two hours.

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