PM Modi interacts with Chief Secretaries of States, Union Territories

| Updated: Jul 11, 2017 02:43 IST

New Delhi [India], Jul 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories, which was a part of the National Conference of Chief Secretaries on the theme of "States as Drivers for Transforming India." This was the first time that the Prime Minister has addressed such a gathering. The Chief Secretaries spoke briefly on one best practice each, of their respective States. The best practices presented by the Chief Secretaries included themes such as rural development, skill development, crop insurance, health insurance, tertiary healthcare, welfare of Divyang children, reducing infant mortality, tribal welfare, solid waste management, sanitation, drinking water, river conservation, water management, e-governance, pension reform, emergency services, development of mineral-rich areas, PDS reform, Direct Benefit Transfer of subsidy; solar energy, cluster development, good governance and ease of doing business. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said priority and approach, matter a lot in governance. He said we have a lot to learn from the experiences of States, which could provide the best solutions to problems and challenges. He said the top government officials should have the collective vision and capabilities to overcome challenges. In this regard, experience sharing is very important, he added. Prime Minister Modi said a team of young officers from across the states should deliberate and learn from these best practices by visiting each state. "These will help in efficient adoption of best practices across the states," he said. The Prime Minister also asked officers to remain mindful of 'competitive cooperative federalism.' He said districts and cities must also be part of a virtuous competitive environment of development and good governance. He said the successes of small States and Union Territories could be replicated by large states in one district to begin with. In this regard, he mentioned Haryana and Chandigarh becoming kerosene-free. The Prime Minister gave the example of monthly PRAGATI meetings, which, he said, had given a decisive push to many long-pending projects. He urged the states to come out of the silos, and work cohesively with the Centre. Prime Minister Modi said the whole world today has trust in India amnd has expectations from India, and wants to partner with India. He said "ease of doing business" should be accorded top priority, and would greatly help States in attracting investment. The Prime Minister said improvement in "ease of doing business" would bring in greater investment in the States. He said States have enormous untapped development potential. The Prime Minister recalled his initial days as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, and the work of post-earthquake reconstruction in Kutch. He praised the work of officers who worked as a team and put in a dedicated effort in those days. In this context, he also mentioned the importance of removing archaic laws and rules. Speaking on the agriculture sector, Prime Minister Modi said the use of technology was imperative. He stressed on eliminating wastage in farm produce, and focus on food processing. The Prime Minister called for States to focus on agriculture reforms, and e-NAM in particular. Prime Minister Modi strongly urged officers to adopt a positive attitude to new initiatives. He said the elected political leadership would always be receptive to new, positive ideas, irrespective of ideology. The Prime Minister said the use of Aadhaar has brought benefit all around, and eliminated leakages. He urged all present to maximise its use in the interest of good governance. He said Government e-Marketplace (GeM) could provide efficiency, savings and transparency in government procurement. He asked all State Governments to maximize the use of GeM by August 15th. Speaking on "Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat", he said we must always recall the factors which unite us. He urged all Chief Secretaries to work on this scheme. Prime Minister Modi said good governance is the greatest key to success of Government programmes, and development goals. He said relatively junior officers in States must spend adequate time in field visits, so that they are aware first-hand about issues on the ground. The Prime Minister emphasised on the importance of preserving institutional memory. He said writing of Gazettes by officers should be made compulsory in the districts. Prime Minister Modi mentioned the completion of 75 years of independence in 2022. He said this is an opportunity for collective inspiration and for everyone to work in mission mode for all-round development. Union Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya, CEO NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant, and senior officials from Government, PMO and Cabinet Secretariat were present on the occasion. (ANI)