New Delhi: Seeking innovative ideas and new initiatives from bureaucrats, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday chalked out a ten-point charter for them for enabling effective governance.
Naidu urged the senior officials of Urban Development and Housing and the Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry, to reorient their attitudes and approaches and enable the government to fulfill the mandate of rapid and inclusive economic growth given to them by people in the last general elections.
Naidu addressed over 130 Under Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries, Directors, Joint Secretaries and Secretaries, according to a senior Urban Development Ministry official.
During his 50-minute pep talk, Naidu also stressed upon need for speedy decision making and creating an enabling environment to facilitate the much desired flow of private investments into urban development and housing initiatives.
Naidu touched upon a range of issues including the mandate of the government, inhibitive nature of bureaucracy, discipline and punctuality among others during his address.
Minister of State for UD and HUPA Babul Supriyo Baral and secretaries of both the ministries also attended the meeting convened to motivate the senior officials to meet the challenges of growing urbanisation.
Naidu urged the officials to "move away from the attitude of playing safe and risk aversion resulting in delayed decision making to one of being pro-active and innovative with the objective of improving the ease of doing business".
He stressed that the perception of India being a "bureaucratic nightmare" needs to be changed at the earliest and a beginning in this direction has already been made with Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister.
While suggesting the 10-point charter to the senior officials to enable effective governance, he asked them to elevate individual conscience to a higher level in the cause of nation building and to internalise the attitudes of punctuality, discipline, dedication and righteousness.
He advocated for unleashing of the force of initiative and innovation and to foster team spirit instead of working in silos and also to enhance domain knowledge to facilitate quick and informed decision making among others.
Naidu asked officials to acquire required skills necessary for speedy decision making and increased output.
He also suggested for delegation of responsibilities and transparency and accountability not under duress but as a virtue.
Naidu told officers to ask themselves at the end of the day if they have done justice to the responsibilities given during the day.
He concluded by saying "One has to keep work environment clean and motivating."
Naidu assured the officials that all well meaning initiatives and innovations by the 'selected executive' will be fully backed by the 'elected executive'. He further noted that there will be no compromise in respect of punctuality and integrity.
Babul Supriyo said that he was delighted to hear the 'elderly advice' of the senior minister.
He urged the officials to rise to the occasion and enable the country realise its true potential under the leadership of Narendra Modi.