Stand up to political masters: HM to babus
On the occasion to mark the Civil Services Day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked the babus to stand up to the political masters if they give wrong orders, not become a “yes man” and be impartial. At the same time, he pulled up the bureaucrats asking them to be punctual after the event he attended got delayed by a few minutes.
“If a political executive gives wrong orders, do not be scared to show them rules. Tell the political executive that you are legally wrong. Do not sign the file. Haan mein haan naa milaiye (Do not become a yes man). Do not betray your conscience,” he told the inaugural session of the event here.
Singh, who was the chief guest, expressed his displeasure on the delayed start of the function. “I was a little bit worried today. The programme was supposed to start at 9.45 (am). We reached five minutes before the scheduled time. But it started at 9.57 (am),” he said at the event attended mostly by officers belonging to IAS and other all India services.
Singh said there may be many reasons for the delayed start and some reasons maybe right but there should be an introspection as to why the situation is such as it is today. “It would have been good that we would not have deviated (from the scheduled time). Has there been any laxity in our commitment?” he asked.
Lauding the role of bureaucrats in bringing changes in the society, the Home Minister said the job makes an officer responsible, accountable and impartial. “Civil services has power. But with power comes big responsibility, accompanied by accountability. We should always remember this. Along with the responsibility and accountability, impartiality is the third most important aspect of our civil servants. Lack of impartiality may affect your decision making capabilities,” he said.
The Home Minister also took a dig at officers who “avoid” taking decisions, saying such hesitation may harm the country’s interests. “If necessary, discuss and deliberate with your seniors but there should be no hesitation in taking decisions,” he said.
Singh said the country’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had said that if civil services was called ‘steel frame’ of India it would not be an exaggeration.
The function was attended by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra, Secretaries of many Central Ministries and departments among others.
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