1. When PM Narendra Modi saw ‘busy, busy’ officers on mobile phones and issued a ‘ban’ order

When PM Narendra Modi saw ‘busy, busy’ officers on mobile phones and issued a ‘ban’ order

Even as he was pitching for the need for effective and qualitative work in government offices that created tangible benefits on the ground, PM Modi highlighted a habit that he had seen bureaucrats indulge in that may well hinder them working at their efficient best.

By: | Updated: April 21, 2017 7:05 PM
Civil Services Day, PM Modi on Civil Services Day , PM Modi speech on Civil Services Day, Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi on mobile ban, mobile ban in cabinet committees Even as he was pitching for the need for effective and qualitative work in government offices that created tangible benefits on the ground, PM Modi highlighted a habit that he had seen bureaucrats indulge in that may well hinder them working at their efficient best. (Source: PTI)

Speaking on the 11th d in Delhi today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the gathered of distinguished bureaucrats to change their mindset and work on the current mechanism and effect a transformation. “With changing times, a need may arise that we may have to change our working style. From regulator, we need to be an enabling entity,” PM Modi said even as government officials listened with rapt attention. However, PM suddenly started talking about an issue that had everyone sitting up. Even as he was pitching for the need of effective and qualitative work in government offices that created tangible benefits on the ground, PM Modi highlighted a habit that he had seen bureaucrats indulge in that may well hinder them working at their efficient best. PM Modi said, “I see officers, ‘busy, busy’ with their mobiles. So I have banned usage of mobiles in meetings.” As could be seen, the statement had an immediate impact on the gathering.

Getting back to the main agenda of inspiring bureaucrats to shed old habits and adopt a role in which they become ‘enablers’, PM Modi said that now is the time for out-of-the-box thinking and taking some confident decision towards the welfare of the citizens.

However, this is not the first time PM Modi has targetted mobile phones. Even in the past, he has banned the usage of mobile phones, even in Cabinet meetings! However, the decision was reportedly aimed at preventing leak of any sensitive information about meetings, government policy and also to ensure cyber security threats do not cause problems. As per a report published by India Today website, Central Secretariat had issued a circular after it received a direction of the PMO in this regards. The Secretariat had then asked all the private secretaries to inform their ministers about the decision that ‘smartphones/mobile phones henceforth will not be allowed inside meeting venues of cabinet/cabinet committees.’

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Speaking at the event today, PM Modi also said that all government officials should take decisions that are in national interest and also make collective ownership to bring change. He said, “Don’t take decisions which are not beneficial in the long run or offer just a temporary fix to the issues. It is important to very important for us to make ourselves relevant in changing times or else, we will become obsolete.”

As per India Today report, PM Modi, since coming into power in 2014, has stressed on the need of efficient work mechanism and has made several changes aimed at increasing the output from government offices especially based on the digital format.

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    Rajinder kumar
    Apr 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    Sir ji Namesake Jan dhan yojana ka adhik account open karana sa pnb bank walo na band kar de bank mitra center
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      National
      Apr 22, 2017 at 11:46 am
      Every one has realised that instead of pakau man ki baat and open baat, it is time for action. Jumla & Pravachan kaafi ho a.
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        natu44
        Apr 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm
        Possibilities of coaching agencies for UP.SC exams making jugads to see their students p should be checked by apex security agents because the resultant babu's ultimately become our rulers.
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          ramesh
          Apr 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm
          I want to bring to your notice there should not be ban on using mobiles but the officials should have will in themselves not to use it when they are in work, then you can say country is progressing. The official on job should be aware what is right thing to do what not to do, it should be culture developed within an organisation, individual etc.But i am sad to say this stage is not reached in India where the slogan say work is worship, customer is god etc. There are few in banks & post office when they see customer their blood boils forgetting statement customer is our god & we are because of them
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            Rathore Ramkishore
            Apr 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm
            Ban of personal mobile phones should be observed universally in all State and Central Govt. Offices to ensure efficiency in working along with security and confidentiality of offices concerned. When there is universal ban on personal mobile phones, no one will feel offended too.
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              Radha Krishna Gaur
              Apr 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm
              BEAUTYFUL I like it most. Working of Government machinery must be improved as before when there was no mobile phone in common use. It is very essential part of development but no hindrance of function ing be tolerated. Thamks
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              1. Murar Yeolekar
                Apr 21, 2017 at 6:24 pm
                That the PM has to ask these in the third year speaks for itself. 'Initiators , movers , shakers , facilitators , coordinators ' are all requied before becoming 'enablers'. That the message requires reiteration , reinforcement and added emphasis is equally true. Murar Yeolekar, Mumbai.
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                  RAJAGOPALAN
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 6:06 pm
                  It is really encouraging and inspiring to note the PM informing in very subtle terms the tendency in Government offices to sideline the visitor and keep on pretending to be "busy". Very rarely I have seen any Government staff attending to the visitor without even once touching their mobile phone. The visitor is made to feel as if he/she is an intruder .It is time this obnoxious habit of Government staff is put an end to.
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                    Shrikant
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 5:57 pm
                    The bureaucrat should not be allowed to take their mobile phone even to the office. They can very well use the land line phone for official work.
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                      Chandra
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm
                      Well said, govt is providing landline phones for official to communicate. Smart phones are , they start watching videos and giving less attention to the office work. Strict implementation with metal detectors security system to be brought in to the system. I visited many offices where people are watching TV programs while on duty. At least they are not permitted to take smart phones in to the office.
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                      Lmao Rofl
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                      What is this?
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