Politics should never override policy: PM to IAS officers

\ New Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) \\"Politics should never override\policy.\\" This was the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi\to IAS officers as a young batch met him here.\ \\"The Prime Minister urged the officers to inculcate team\spirit, and work towards breaking silos, in whatever capacity\they serve,\\" a PMO statement said.\ \\"Stating that politics should never override policy, the\Prime Minister urged the officers to use two touchstones to\help them in their decision-making: that the decisions shouldever be counter to national interest, and that the decisions\should not harm the poorest of the poor,\\" it added.\ The IAS officers of 2014 batch who have completed their\three-month stint at Centre as Assistant Secretaries made\eight presentations before Modi on various themes of\governance such as DBT, Swachh Bharat, e-Courts, Tourism,\Health and Satellite Applications in Governance.\ The Prime Minister complimented the young officers, for\their in-depth presentations.\ He said the attachment of IAS officers as Assistant\Secretaries with the Union Government had been envisaged as a\mechanism that would bring the best out of the blend of youth\and experience, the PMO statement said.\ The results as presented today, gave him satisfaction\that this vision was well on the road to realization, Modi\told the young officers.\ These officers started working as Assistant Secretaries\in 58 central government departments from August 1, instead\of starting their career from the cadre states assigned to\them, after their training at the Lal Bahadur Shashtri\National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.\ The officers were assigned important desks related to\policy and flagship programmes of the concerned ministries and\departments. They were groomed by principal mentors at the\level of Secretary.\ This is the second batch of IAS Officers to have\commenced their career with a stint in the central government.\ \\"During their three-month posting with the central\government, they were provided a holistic overview of the\functioning of the central government. However, they started\their office work from day one and disposed files related to\their desk,\\" according to a statement by Ministry of\Personnel.\ \\"The objective of this initiative is to provide exposure\of government of India functioning to the IAS officers at a\very early stage in their career,\\" it added.\ As primary implementers in the field, this exposure would\also facilitate a broader macro perspective even when the\officers work in the field, the statement said yesterday. PTI\AKK\AKK\

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