Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working to change the dynamics of the civil services of India. As many as 175 IAS officers of the 2015 batch who are completing phase-II training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, will be joining as Assistant Secretaries in the ministries or departments of the Government of India for a period of three months between July 3, 2017 and September 29, 2017. Earlier, the trainees used to join their respective states as Assistant Collector and their main job was to understand the working mechanism of the districts. It was referred to as bottom to top working pattern of the governance. The Modi government has changed the pattern for last three years. Now, first the probationers will work as Assistant Secretaries in the ministries and then will move to the District Headquarters. All young officers were in Delhi recently to meet the Prime Minister. Modi advised young IAS officers to avoid getting into a mindset that resists change, and fill India’s administrative system with the energy of ‘New India.’ The Prime Minister began by asserting that India has not progressed as much as it should have. He said countries that achieved independence after India, and faced greater resource constraints than India, have touched new heights of development. He said boldness is required to drive change, and added that a fragmented administrative arrangement does not allow the collective capabilities of officers to deliver to the optimum level. He said dynamic change is needed to transform the system. He urged the young officers to interact freely with the senior-most officers of the Union Government over the next three months, so that the system could benefit from the combination of their energy and fresh ideas, and the administrative experience of Secretary-level officers. North and South Block’s senior civil servants are observing the change and hope it may result in a perceptive change among young officers.
…by the way / July 2017