Responsibility, accountability, impartiality most important aspects of Civil Services: Rajnath
New Delhi, April 20, 2017
Responsibility, accountability and impartiality are the most important aspects of the Civil Services, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here today.
Inaugurating the two-day 11th Civil Services Day programme, the Minister said civil servants are fortunate to have certain opportunities, responsibilities and minimum facilities at a very young age. The country has a lot of hopes from them, he added.
The Civil Services Day provides a platform to discuss and deliberate upon various issues and is also a forum for introspection. The civil servants should introspect their commitment to the people on this occasion, he added.
Mr. Rajnath Singh said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had once said that if civil services were called the 'Steel Frame of India' it would not be an exaggeration and the guiding principles for civil servants as enunciated by Sardar Patel in 1948 are extremely important in the present-day context as well. The 'Steel Frame' of our Civil Services has not weakened even after 70 years of Independence, he added.
Pointing out that India was emerging as the fastest growing economy and the standard of living of people has improved since independence, he said it was the responsibility of the civil servants to contribute to the better quality of life of the people.
Civil servants provide administrative continuity in the country and Indian polity has never faced a vacuum in all these years, he added.
Civil servants have many powers, but power comes always with responsibility and accountability. The responsibility can be shared, but the accountability cannot be shared, he added.
The Home Minister said besides responsibility and accountability, the third important thing is impartiality. If there is no impartiality in the decision, the decision can be wrong. Civil servants should endeavour to become part of the solution and never be a part of the problem, he stressed.
Mr. Rajnath Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of providing basic facilities such as housing, cloth, food, education and health facilities to the last man in the queue in the country by the year 2022.
The Government is committed for 'Antyodaya' and the Civil Services have to play a more active and effective role to fulfil it. The civil servants should always follow rules while taking decisions and should convince the political executives if any decision seems to them to be in contravention of law. The welfare of people should be the parameter for taking any decision, he said.
A civil servant should interpret and implement rules and regulations with an open and progressive mindset. Rules and regulations should act as facilitators and should not discourage the functioning, he said.
The Home Minister expressed faith that civil servants can contribute to the fulfilment of dream of ‘Making of New India’.
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 also addressed the function.
The Civil Services Day function is organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.