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Modi asks collectors to move beyond files and understand ground realities

The Prime Minister asked all collectors to prepare a vision document on achievable targets for their respective districts for 2022, the 75th year of Independence.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2017 22:43 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses district collectors across the country via video conference, on the theme New India – Manthan, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses district collectors across the country via video conference, on the theme New India – Manthan, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the grass root-level bureaucracy to move beyond files and understand ground realities, as he gets down to make the roadmap for his “New India” initiative.

The PM also asked all collectors (or district magistrates) on Wednesday to prepare a vision document on achievable targets for their respective districts for 2022, the 75th year of Independence. The document should include 10 or 15 objectives.

“The more a collector visits the field, the more active he will be on file,” the PM said in a bid to spread governance out from the secretariat to the doorsteps, in his first such video conferencing with collectors marking the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement.

Even as the collectors are working under different state governments, Modi chose to interact with them directly as they play a key role in implementing the schemes and projects of the Centre.

Under the theme “New India — Manthan”, Modi wondered during the video conference why some districts have always lagged in basic services. Asking the collectors to work in a mission mode, the PM asked them to replicate “best practices from districts with good results.”

The interaction reminded many officials of Modi’s initial meetings with the union secretaries soon after assuming power. In Delhi too, Modi had asked departmental secretaries to prepare lists of achievable targets in a bid to make the bureaucracy more accountable.

Pointing out that often schemes fail to have the desired impact due to lack of awareness, Modi asked the collectors to explain to traders how the GST it is a “Good and Simple Tax.”