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Union Ministers and top officials discuss threadbare the Government’s priority programmes on the inaugural day of Civil Services Day function



 Union Ministers and top officials discuss threadbare the Government’s priority programmes on the inaugural day of Civil Services Day function

The two-day 10th Civil Services Day function was inaugurated at Vigyan Bhawan here today. The inauguration was followed by eight panel discussions on the replication of Prime Minister awarded initiatives last year and four Priority Programmes of the Government. These sessions were chaired by Union Ministers/persons of eminence. Panel discussions on the replication of PM awarded initiatives covered four issues - On-Time Delivery of Services, Vocational Training and Inspiring Youth for Sports, Preventing Child Marriages, Female Foeticide and Malnutrition in Children under three years of age and Canal Top Solar Power Plant and Rejuvenation of Water Bodies. The panel discussions on the Central Government’s Priority Programmes included the schemes to be awarded by the Prime Minister, namely Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY), Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Swachh Vidyalaya and Soil Health Card Scheme.

The Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla chaired the panel discussion on “Preventing Child Marriages, Preventing Female Foeticide, Save the Womb and Malnutrition.” This discussion focused on eliminating gender disparity by fighting issues such as Preventing Child Marriages and Preventing Female Foeticide. Child sex ratio has been declining sharply in some states and there is an urgent need to stop female foeticide. Community mobilization, Economic empowerment of women and Greater participation in public policy were identified as key dimensions for advancing women’s rights. Initiatives such as ‘Save the Girl Child’ and ‘Lado – Eradicating Child marriages’ have shown positive results.

Session on Swachh Vidyalaya was chaired by the Human Resource Development Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani. Importance of the programme, specially for Girl Students was deliberated. The programme has achieved 100% target for toilets in Schools. Maintenance of Toilets, Sustainability issues and inculcating menstrual hygiene were deliberated upon as way forward for the programme.

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired the session on On-Time Delivery of Public Services, the core of any Good Governance Initiative. The discussion on this topic focused on the scale and complexity of delivering service in India. It called for creating accountability at all levels, use of technology to improve productivity and introducing sustainability measures in public services. Two examples of providing online citizen services in Karnataka and Maharashtra – ‘Sakala’ and ‘Aaple Sarkar’ respectively – were discussed in detail.

Session on Swachh Bharat Gramin was chaired by MoS for Drinking Water & Sanitation, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav. Substantial impact of the programme and efforts towards construction of more than 1.67 crore toilets and converting more than 50000 villages as Open Defecation Free (ODF) were discussed. Community mobilization, close monitoring & tracking & sustainable waste management were identified as critical success factors towards efficient implementation of programme.

Union Minister of State for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha chaired the discussion on the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY). Efforts done towards financial inclusion along with way forward were discussed. People participation, use of technology, role of Bank Mitras and convergence of schemes were identified as critical success factors for implementation of the scheme. Improving financial literacy was stressed upon as way forward towards financial inclusion.

The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore chaired the session on Vocational Training & Inspiring Youth for Sports. This discussion focused on importance of imparting market relevant skills to youth, imparting vocational training in particular. There is a huge demand supply gap in terms of skills needed in industry and availability of trained youth. There are huge capacity constraints in achieving the target of skilling 4 crore people by 2022. It also emerged that public private partnership models yield best results in placing students in steady jobs. Training is provided by private foundations and infrastructure by government. Tribal youth in Gadhchiroli and Chhattisgarh have benefited immensely from vocational training initiatives.

The discussion on “Canal Top Solar & Rejuvenation of Water Bodies” focused on achieving sustainable growth through reduced dependence on exhaustible resources. Power and water were identified as key ingredients to achieving such growth. Innovations such as Canal top solar plant which reduce dependence on land for solar power and save canal water from evaporation were discussed at length. More such innovation are needed to achieve the target of 100 GW by 2022. Rejuvenation of water bodies to ensure availability of water for irrigation was also discussed.

During the session on Soil Health Card, the Potential of the Scheme for increasing the farmers’ income and issues related to infrastructure support, process improvement, technology use & increasing people’s participation were discussed in detail. Changing of Conventional agriculture towards a future state of data-rich precision agriculture was discussed as a way forward.

Secretaries to Government of India, Principal Secretaries of various States, senior officers from various Ministries of Central and State Governments and experts on the subject also participated in the panel discussions. 

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10th Civil Services Day function inaugurated

Clearly defined goals along with team spirit are key to governance, says Shri Suresh Prabhu
The Union Ministers Shri Suresh Prabhu and Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the two-day 10th Civil Services Day function by lighting the lamp here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu said that it is an important day to celebrate as Civil Services form the backbone of the country’s governance system. Shri Suresh Prabhu pointed out that whatever is being done today is much better than in the past but it is still not sufficient as there is a need to strive further to meet people’s aspirations completely. He further said that the Indian economy has great potential to grow at 8 to 9 per cent which will propel India to be the second largest economy in the world.

Shri Suresh Prabhu pointed out that the country has the capacity and capability to measure up to this task and meet the challenges of the growing economy. We need to deliberate and strategize to be able to achieve the targets. Referring to the continuity of the bureaucratic machinery despite the political changes at the Government level, Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the governance has the flexibility to reorient itself to ensure delivery and the key to success is to work as a team where political leadership and the bureaucracy together strive hard to achieve common objectives of good governance. He emphasized the need for correctly identifying the deliverables and targets and then gear up government machinery at all levels to achieve them.

Referring to the growth story of Indian Railways in the recent past, Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the Railways was able to achieve an all-time high capital expenditure because of team work and united efforts and dedication. Railways undertook doubling of lines and electrification - all with record performance, he added. Shri Suresh Prabhu emphasized on coordinated efforts and team work to achieve the targets. Referring to the success story of using social media in grievance redressal in Indian Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the Railways not only took immediate steps to redress grievances of the public but we also undertook deep analysis as to why there are complaints and then effected systemic changes and reforms which resulted in the reduction in complaints.

The Minister for Railways called upon all stakeholders like Centre, State etc., to work for the common objective of the national development. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that we also need to devise a system of rewarding and incentivizing good performers and at the same time inspiring others to perform better through motivation and training. He said that it is necessary to harness this huge human capital of civil servants but it needs to be constantly updated and upgraded to keep pace with the changing times with a view to deliver the best possible results. He said that it is important to have proper system for ensuring effective delivery.

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that in the last two years the Government has become more citizen- centric towards the goal set by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of delivering “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”. He said that the Government has been able to address the public grievances more successfully. Compared to an average of 2 lakh grievances annually received in the previous years, more than 6 lakh grievances were registered last year and over 90 per cent of these grievances were redressed, which reflects the faith of the citizens in the current government. The Minister also said that he has started calling the citizens to take feedback regarding redressal of their grievances.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said as part of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) more than 28 crore bank account have been opened and about Rs. 36,000 crore deposits have been received by the banks. It shows that citizens are not only economically empowered, but their self-esteem has also gone up. He also discussed various other initiatives of the government which have contributed to good governance. These initiatives includes Anubhav, Bhavishya, self-attestation by citizens and abolition of interviews for the junior grade.

Dr. Jitendra Singh also said that this year four more categories have been included in the Prime Minister’s Awards for excellence in public administration. These awards pertain to the four priority programmes of the government namely, PMJDY, Swachh Bharat (Grameen), Swachh Vidyalaya and Soil Health Card.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) Shri Devendra Chaudhry said that the Civil Services Day function spread over two days will include eight Sessions being attended by more than 1,200 civil servants representing different States. He also said that for the first time a theme has been dedicated to the Civil Services Day this year. The theme reflects Prime Minister’s vision i.e. “Transforming India” and ten districts have been selected out of 677 districts for this year’s Prime Minister Awards.

Cabinet Secretary Shri P.K. Sinha, former Cabinet Secretaries, Secretaries, Chief Secretaries of States and senior officers from various Ministries of Central and State Governments were also present on the occasion.

On the occasion, the Union Ministers also released the book ‘’Recreating Excellence”, which details the replication of the Prime Minister’s awarded initiatives last year on the Civil Services Day. 

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