Civil servants responsible for taking governance to doorstep of poorest: VP Naidu

Union MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh felicitates Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu during a programme of the IIPA in New Delhi on March 29, 2022 (Photo/Twitter-@VPSecretariat)

New Delhi: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on March 29, 2022, said the onus is on civil servants to ensure that governance reaches the doorstep of the poorest and most vulnerable segments of our population.

He said this while delivering the first Dr. Rajendra Prasad Annual International Memorial Lecture on the occasion of the 68th Founders’ Day of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) here.

“Civil servants must remember the fact that there is no better touchstone of a welfare scheme and development initiative than the prosperity of its beneficiaries through efficient implementation,” VP Naidu said.

The Vice President also underlined that a citizen-centric paradigm of governance hinges on efficient public service delivery systems.

Recognising that such a system must be able to adapt itself to the growing needs and aspirations of citizens, he stressed upon inclusiveness, agility, transparency and honesty as key constituents of the complex task of public governance.

“Some of the defining features of good governance, therefore, are comprehensiveness, fair play, integrity, efficiency and equity,” he further added.

Emphasising the need for administrators to be more accessible to the needy and underprivileged, VP Naidu said that civil servants must co-opt citizens from all sections of society down to the last individual, as active partners in scripting India’s growth story.

Highlighting the importance of last mile delivery of public services and key role of administrators, the Vice President praised IIPA for honing the technical and managerial skills of administrators to enhance their leadership and administrative competencies.

He said that civil servants must be open to upgrading their skills, adopting and scaling up best practices within India and outside the country.

“Only then can they come up with innovative, out-of-the-box strategies and solutions to complex challenges in governance and administration, for effective implementation of programmes and policies on the ground,” he added.

The Vice President described Dr Rajendra Prasad as an iconic leader who devoted his life to see a prosperous, unified and strong India.

Vice President Naidu also released a book titled ‘Sardar Patel – Builder of Aspirational India’ published by IIPA.

Union Minister of State in the Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Ministry Dr. Jitendra Singh said that IIPA has come a long way in the last 67 years of its existence as from being a retired officers’ club, it is now transformed into a vibrant and dynamic Institution in the field of Capacity Building.

He also noted the IIPA’s contribution in the preparation of Vision @2047 document and its association with Capacity Building Commission (CBC).

The event was attended by the former Chhattisgarh Governor & Member of IIPA Shekhar Dutt, IIPA Member Secretary S N Tripathi, Registrar Amitabh Ranjan, faculty members and course participants. (Press Release)

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