Punjab chief secretary and Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) director general Sarvesh Kaushal on Friday exhorted civil servants to dedicate themselves to citizens.
"Be efficient administrators, adopt positive thinking, receive knowledge from different sources, and above all, be good human beings," Kaushal said while inaugurating the fourth in-service training programme for the IAS, IFS and PCS officers from different parts of the state at the MGSIPA.
"The officers should create a friendly work culture in their respective departments that should be visible and reflected in their day-to-day working," he said while urging the participants to take benefit of the MGSIPA's training programmes and keep themselves updated. Around 70 officers from the IAS, IFS and PCS participated in the programme.
Bhure Lal, former IAS officer and chairman, Environment Pollution Control Authority, New Delhi, held a technical session on environmental challenges.
"Urbanisation, deforestation, exploitation of resources and excessive dependence on fossil fuels have resulted in a number of diseases, premature deaths and destruction of the environment with a whole gamut of socio-economic miseries," he said.
VK Bansal, professor emeritus, Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh, in his talk, focused on the contempt of court, its scope, scope of various courts and their powers to punish for the contempt.
Hindustan Times senior resident editor Ramesh Vinayak, while interacting with the young officers, said the presence of the media in all spheres of life ensured continuous interaction between the bureaucracy and the media.
The media in our country is the medium for upholding social interest and a powerful tool to expose the rot in different institutions and society in general, he said.
"It is for the media to cleanse itself of unnecessary and unsavoury trends," he said, adding that media management is a myth and the need of the day is 'engagement with the media' in the right spirit to ensure that the right point of view is put across.
Moloy Sanyal, deputy director, Institute of Secretarial Training and Management, New Delhi, focused on acquainting the participants with the art of formulating a good draft. "Neutrality, objectivity and temperate language is essential features of a good note and it should be based on evidence gathered through examination of relevant facts," he said.