PM Narendra Modi to babus: Put in more hours, I will do an hour more

By: | Updated: August 10, 2017 10:41 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exhorted bureaucrats across the country to put in more hours and move beyond files.

Narendra Modi, pm modi, Quit Indian Movement, 70 years of Quit India Movement, Indian Express, Freedom strugglePrime Minister Narendra Modi has exhorted bureaucrats across the country to put in more hours and move beyond files. (PTI image)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exhorted bureaucrats across the country to put in more hours and move beyond files, according to Indian Express report. PM Modi said that whatever number of hours the bureaucrats put in their jobs every day, he will put in an hour more in his work. Known as a tough taskmaster, PM Modi told district collectors, chief secretaries and central secretaries that the five years between 2017 and 2022 should be taken up collectively for all-round development of the country. PM Modi was talking via a 30-minute video-speech New India Manthan to commemorate the 75 years of the Quit India Movement, according to IE report.

The Prime Minister said that 75 years of Independence will be celebrated in 2022, and by that time there should be perceptible change in areas of healthcare, education, roads, poverty alleviation among others, IE report says. “He said that if you put in more hours, I promise you, I will put in an hour more than you,” said an officer. “Do not view people as beneficiaries, but view them as partners in this exercise and reach out to them for assistance and collaboration,” one officer quoted the PM as saying in the speech, according to IE report.

Officials, who were present at the meeting, termed the speech as an inspirational one. They said that the PM did not touch upon any specific issue as such. PM encouraged them to “move beyond files and go to the fields”. The PM said that district collectors should convey the benefits of GST (Good and Simple Tax) to the traders and businessmen of their districts.

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Likening the development work in a district to a relay race, PM Modi said that the development baton passes on successively from one collector to the next. He asserted that ultimate objective should be winning the race. He said a new website newindia.in, which contains information and activities related to the ‘Sankalp Se Sidhhi’ movement, has been created for this five-year exercise.

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