Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with deputy ministers from various districts on the implementation of key government programs | Odisha News | Latest news from Odisha
New Delhi: Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi exchanged with deputy ministers from various districts on the implementation of key government programs via video conference.
DMs shared their experience which led to improved performance of their districts on a multitude of indicators. The Prime Minister asked them for direct feedback on the key steps they have taken that have resulted in success in the districts, and the challenges they face in this endeavour. He also asked them how working on the Ambitious Districts program was different from their work done before. The officers discussed how Jan Bhagidari was a key factor in this success. They talked about how they kept the people working in their team motivated on a daily basis and tried to develop the feeling that they were not doing a job but rendering a service. They also talked about increased interdepartmental coordination and the benefits of data-driven governance.
CEO, NITI Aayog gave an overview of the progress and implementation of the Aspirational District program. He mentioned how the program leveraged competitive and cooperative federalism, driven by a Team India spirit. The efforts have resulted in these districts performing remarkably better in all metrics, a fact that has also been independently recognized by global experts. Best practices like Banka’s smart classroom initiative, Bihar; The Aparajita Mission to Prevent Child Marriages in Koraput, Odisha, etc. has also been replicated by other districts. The analysis of district performance vis-à-vis tenure stability of key district officials was also presented.
The Rural Development Secretary gave a presentation on a mission to uplift 142 selected districts, based on targeted work done in aspirational districts. The Center and the State will work together to uplift these identified neighborhoods to address pockets of underdevelopment. 15 sectors corresponding to 15 Ministries and Departments have been identified. Within the sectors, key performance indicators (KPIs) have been identified. The government’s goal is to ensure that the key performance indicators in the selected districts exceed the state average in the next year and are at the same level as the national average in two years. Each relevant ministry/department identified its set of key performance indicators, based on which districts were selected. The initiative aims to reach the saturation of the various devices by the various services of the districts in mission mode, in convergence with all the actors. Secretaries from various ministries and departments presented an outline of an action plan on how their ministries will go about achieving these goals.
Addressing the officials, the Prime Minister noted that when the aspirations of others become your aspirations, when achieving the dreams of others becomes the measure of your success, then this path of duty creates history. Today, we see this story being made in the ambitious districts of the country, he added.
The Prime Minister noted that various factors have led to a situation where ambitious districts in the past have started to fall behind. In order to facilitate holistic development, special support has been made for ambitious districts. The situation has changed now because today the aspirational districts are breaking down the barriers to the progress of the country. The Aspirational Quarters become an accelerator instead of an obstacle. The Prime Minister highlighted the expansion and overhaul that has taken place due to the campaign in the Ambitious Quarters. This gave concrete form to the federal spirit and culture of the Constitution, the basis of which is the teamwork of the central and local administration, the prime minister said.
The Prime Minister stressed that for development in aspirational neighborhoods, a direct and emotional connection between the administration and the public is very important. A sort of “top-down” and “bottom-up” flow of governance. An important aspect of this campaign is technology and innovation, he said. The Prime Minister also mentioned districts where excellent results have been achieved through the use of technology and innovation in areas such as malnutrition, clean water and vaccination.
The Prime Minister noted that convergence is a major reason for the country’s success in aspirational districts. All the resources are the same, the machinery of government is the same, the public servants are the same, but the results are different. Seeing the whole district as a unit allows the officer to feel the enormity of their efforts and to find meaning in life and the satisfaction of making meaningful change.
The Prime Minister noted that over the past 4 years, Jan-Dhan counts have increased 4-5 times in almost all aspirational districts. Almost all families have toilets and electricity has arrived in all villages. New energy has been breathed into people’s lives, he said. The Prime Minister said that due to a difficult life, people in ambitious districts are more hardworking, courageous and able to take risks and this strength should be recognized.
The Prime Minister noted that ambitious districts have proven through breaking down silos in implementation, optimal use of resources takes place. He pointed to the exponential benefits of this reform and said that when silos end, 1+1 will not become 2, 1+1 will become 11. We see this collective power in ambitious neighborhoods today, said the Prime Minister. Elaborating on the approach to governance in aspirational neighbourhoods, the Prime Minister said that firstly people were consulted to identify their issues. Second, the style of work continued to be refined based on experiences in aspirational districts and measurable indicators, real-time monitoring of progress, healthy competition between districts and replication of good practices were encouraged. Third, through reforms such as stable tenures for officers, the creation of effective teams has been encouraged. It helped to achieve great results even with limited resources. The Prime Minister has requested the development of detailed guidelines for field visits, inspections and overnight stops for proper implementation and follow-up.
The Prime Minister drew the officers’ attention to the New India’s changing mood. He reiterated that today, during Azadi ka Amrit Kaal, the country’s goal is to achieve 100% saturation of services and facilities. In other words, we have a long way to go from the milestones we have achieved so far and we need to work on a much larger scale. He emphasized time-bound goals to take roads to all villages in the districts, ayushman cards, bank account for each person, connection to Ujjwala gas, insurance, retirement accommodation for all the world. He called for a two-year vision for each district. He suggested that each district could identify 10 tasks to be completed in the next 3 months to improve the living comfort of ordinary people. Similarly, 5 tasks can be associated with the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to achieve historical success in this historical era.
The Prime Minister said the country is witnessing a silent revolution in the form of Digital India. No district should be left behind. He highlighted the importance of digital infrastructure reaching every village and becoming a means of delivering services and facilities to homes. He asked NITI Aayog to devise a mode of regular interaction between the deputy ministers of the district. Central ministries were asked to document the challenges of these districts.
The Prime Minister said various government ministries and departments have prepared a list of 142 districts which are not so much behind in development but are weak on one or two parameters. The Prime Minister stressed the need to work with the same collective approach as that which is done in the aspirational neighborhoods. “This is a new challenge for all governments – Indian government, state government, district administration and the machinery of government. Now we have to meet this challenge together,” said Shri Modi
The Prime Minister urged civil servants to remember their first day in service and recall the passion and drive to serve the country. The Prime Minister asked them to move forward in the same spirit.