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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh says, ideal public administration must be competitive, efficient, cost effective and accountable to deliver good governance

The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing an event on “Revisiting the History of Civil Service Reforms from Capacity Building Lens”, in New Delhi on February 26, 2022.

The Minister addresses a Capacity Building Commission meet on Civil Services Reforms

Increasing Transparency, Accountability and People-Centric Delivery mechanisms must become cornerstones of New Generation Reforms for the New Generation Civil Servants: Dr Jitendra Singh

The Minister says, Civil Servants for a New India need to keep pace with constant and evolving changes

DELHI, FEBRUARY 26:Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that an ideal public administration must be competitive, efficient, cost effective and accountable to deliver good governance.

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Addressing an event on ‘Revisiting the History of Civil Service Reforms from Capacity Building Lens’, the Ministersaid, public officials today are facing increasing pressure to deliver better services with fewer resources which requires, among other things, an investment in capacity building. He maintained that the Civil Servants for a New India need to keep pace with these constant and evolving changes.

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Dr Jitendra Singh underlined New Generation Reforms for New Generation Civil Servants and said that India must follow global benchmarks in Governance as it is poised to assume a global leadership role in the Comity of Nations. He said, increasing Transparency, Accountability and People-Centric Delivery mechanisms must become cornerstones of New Generation Reforms for the New Generation Civil Servants.

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Dr. Singh said that the Capacity Building Commission of India will be publishing an ‘Annual Health of Civil Services Report’ (AHCSR) in 2022 that will take a deeper look at the performance of the Indian civil service and how Mission Karmayogi is impacting capacity building in the civil service. He opined that the concept of ‘Good governance’ is not alien to India and is well captured even in the country’s ancient literatures. It has been seen as a comprehensive pathway to achieving the ideal state of serving people and overcoming the crisis and challenges in administration. He said that in our ancient literature, the foundation of good governance is based on Dharma (righteousness). One who practises ‘Dharma’ immediately distinguishes oneself from the present materialistic repository of values. For a Civil servant following the path of Dharma and supporting it with good Karma will lead to administrative excellence. The earliest works on Public administration in India have been illustrated in various sacred texts such as Vedas, Buddhist literatures, and Jain canonical works.

The Union Minister said that a thorough study of Ancient Indian works present to us stellar examples of political philosophies. The science of statecraft in India is well rooted in our history and has been lived in and evolved upon. We have so much learning to build upon that we don’t have to look towards the West for at least our political philosophy.

Dr.Jitendra Singh stated that present governments can use the learning of traditional, historical knowledge and recent administrative reform attempts to further improve governance and achieve the goal of Maximum Governance, minimum government. The Minister expressed hope that Mission Karmayogi will be a key enabler in continuously augmenting and enhancing delivery, and over the time will be able to support in achieving the goal of $5 Trillion economy set by the Prime Minister. He said, the foundations of this Mission are rooted in the recognition that a citizen-centric civil service empowered with role right attitude, functional expertise and domain knowledge will result in improved ease of living and ease of doing business. He said, in the background of ever changing demographics, digital penetration as well as growing social and political awareness, there is a need to empower the civil servants to be more dynamic and professional.

The Capacity Building Commission (CBC) and Ashank Desai Centre for Leadership and Organisational Development (ADCLOD), IIM-Ahmedabad hosted the Virtual Roundtable Conference on ‘Revisiting the History of Civil Service Reforms from Capacity Building

The event was organized to understand the historical perspectives of public administration in India, key implementable recommendations from earlier Administrative Reforms Commissions (ARCs) and to capture ideas that can aid the capacity building agenda of Capacity Building Commission.

Secretary, DARPG, Shri V.Sinivas and other senior officials also graced the occasion. The event was chaired by Mr AdilZainulbhai, Chairman of the Commission, in the presence of Members – Dr R. Balasubramaniam and Mr Praveen Pardeshi – and Secretary of the Commission – Mr HemangJani.

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