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New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi on October 31, 2019, addressed a gathering of over 430 Civil Service Probationers, Officers and others at the Statue of Unity, Kewadiya, Gujarat, on the occasion of the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.

The Probationers in a separate interaction with the Prime Minister earlier made presentations on various thematic areas viz. Agriculture and Rural Empowerment, Health care reforms and policymaking, sustainable rural management techniques, inclusive urbanisation and future of education

The Prime Minister, in his address, said, “This kind of combined foundation course of various civil services in country is in a way the beginning of a new chapter in civil services in India. Till now you had your training at different centres like Mussoorie, Hyderabad and other places. And like I said before you were being cast into various silos – the way in which bureaucracy works – at the initial stage of your training itself. ”

He said. “The actual integration of Civil Services is happening in a proper way now. This Aarambh is a reform in itself. This reform is not limited to the integration of training alone. This is also to expand the outlook and approach and also to have a wider exposure. This is the integration of civil services. This Aarambh is happening with you.” And as a part of it, the officer trainees were made to interact with the Social and Economic Global leaders and experts, he said, according to a PIB release.

PM Modi said that it was the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to make Civil Services an important tool in the nation building. “To make all civil services an important medium in the Nation Building and progress was the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. To realise this vision, Sardar Patel had to face many a challenge. It was the common feeling then that how can those officers who played a major role in suppressing the freedom movement, can now be utilised for the development of the nation. But Sardar Patel, with his vision, believed in the system that it had the potential to take the country ahead. The same bureaucracy helped integrate princely states into the country.”

The Prime Minister shared with the probationers as to how Sardar Patel demonstrated many a time that to bring about a change in the common man’s life there is a necessity of a strong will and determination. “About 100 years ago he put the reforms of Ahmedabad’s municipality in place and within 10 years with limited resources proved his capability,” he said. The Prime Minister said, “And with this vision Sardar Patel drew the contours of the Civil Services in Independent India.”

“In order to fulfil the vision and dreams of New India, our bureaucracy should have the thinking and approach of the 21st century. We need a bureaucracy that is Creative and  Constructive, imaginative and innovative, Proactive and polite, Professional and progressive, Energetic and enabling, Efficient and effective, Transparent and Tech enabled, ”PM Modi said.

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