DELHI: Move beyond the world of files and go to the field to understand the
ground realities, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi asked the district collectors(DCs)
on Wednesday evening during his first ever web-based address to all the heads
of district administration.
The PM also asked the officers to ensure that rights of poor must not be
snatched by anyone and the implementation of initiatives such as Aadhaar is to
ensure rights of poor. "Gandhi wanted us to always remember the poorest of
poor. PM said before you sleep think of how many poor you helped," said an
official who listen to PM.
More than a thousand IAS officers including the district collectors, assistant
secretaries and senior officials at Centre listened to the PM. "He said
that the more a collector visits the field, the more active he will be on
file," a PM office release said.
In the webcast, aimed at connecting top executive with the grassroot
administrators, PM urged them to decide where they want to see their districts
in 2022, what deficiencies must be overcome, and what services must be ensured.
Modi asked the DCs to prepare the "Resolution Document" for 2022 with
10-15 objectives in the next one week.
"We could make out that the PM wants transformation of districts under his
New India initiative. Since most of the DCs are young, they are expected to do
more," said another official.
Modi said some districts have always lagged in basic services such as
electricity, water, education and health. "He said that when the
socio-economic conditions improve in the 100 most backward districts, it would
give a big boost to the overall development parameters of the country. This
puts an onus on the collectors of these districts to work in a mission mode,"
the PMO said.
He asked all DCs to promote digital transactions, Swachhta mission and urged
all of them to be Government E Market place (GEM) to reduce corruption.
Government will launch the New India website, which will feature online quiz on
the freedom struggle, and a comprehensive calendar on various events being held
as a part of the "Sankalp Se Sidhhi" movement.