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PM Modi urges civil servants to innovate and use technology

The Prime Minister asked civil servants to use all available technology, including artificial intelligence and space technology, to improve governance.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2018 23:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents an award to a civil servant during 12th Civil Services Day 2018 function in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked civil servants to innovate and use technology to bring change in the life of the common man.

Addressing bureaucrats at the conclusion of the two-day Civil Services Day function, the PM said the administration’s aim in the pre-Independence era was to keep the Englishman safe, but today it has to ensure that the common man is provided relief.

He said participatory democracy is a must for the development of the nation. “It is said in Hindu mythology that one get ‘Moksha’ (heaven) after ‘char-dham yatra’ (visit to four pilgrims)...But in the government, even after 32 such journeys a file does not get ‘Moksha’,” he said in an apparent reference to administrative delays in the decision-making process.

The PM said all available technology, including space technology, should be used for improving governance and it was important for civil servants to keep pace. He added that “Janbhagidari” (people’s participation) is a cornerstone of the success of a country such as India.

He also gave 15 awards to bureaucrats for excelling in implementation of priority programmes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Promotion of Digital Payments and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna.

First Published: Apr 21, 2018 20:20 IST