New Delhi, July 10: Underlining the importance effective governance Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that priority and approach plays an important role in the administration. He further added that states must share success stories which could provide the best solutions to problems and challenges. He also asked government officials to inculcate new ideas with a collective vision. During his first interaction with Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories Prime Minister Modi asked new officers to deliberate on best practices from various states.
Expressing his views about the competitive cooperative federalism Modi stated that districts and cities must also be part of a competitive environment of development and good governance. He further narrated that the successes of small States could be replicated by large states in one district as a pilot project. Recollecting his experience of monthly interaction though PRAGATI platform he asked state government to work on the comprehensive plan in order to mitigate the long pending projects.
PM Modi strongly urged officers to adopt a positive attitude to new initiatives. He said the elected political leadership would always be receptive to new, positive ideas, irrespective of ideology. Speaking on his dream project "Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat", Modi urged all Chief Secretaries to work on this scheme.
Reiterating the importance of minimum government maximum governance Modi articulated that good governance is the greatest key to success of Government programmes, and development goals. He also advised junior officers to spend adequate time in field visits, so that they would get the first-hand experience about issues on the ground.
Chief Secretaries spoke briefly on one best practice each, of their respective States. The best practices presented by the Chief Secretaries included themes such as rural development, skill development, crop insurance, health insurance, tertiary healthcare, welfare of divyang children, reducing infant mortality, tribal welfare, solid waste management, sanitation, drinking water, river conservation, water management, e-governance, pension reform, emergency services, development of mineral-rich areas, PDS reform, Direct Benefit Transfer of subsidy; solar energy, cluster development, good governance and ease of doing business.
On this occasion Union Minister of State for Planning - Rao Inderjit Singh, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog - Dr. Arvind Panagariya, CEO NITI Aayog – Amitabh Kant, and senior officials from Government, PMO and Cabinet Secretariat were.