Panel Discussions get underway ahead of Civil Services Day
Ahead of the Ninth Civil Services Day , a series of Panel Discussions got underway here today at the Vigyan Bhawan. In his Welcome Address, Shri Alok Rawat, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DAR&PG), said a new feature of the Civil Services Day celebrations this year is a series of Presentations on varied issues like the e-Samiksha. He said the DAR&PG is seized of issues like “Work Life balance” to improve efficiency and impact the Public Service Delivery mechanism. Shri Rawat said the Department has taken new initiatives like instituting the `Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration’ towards this end.
Setting the agenda for the first Panel Discussion of the day on the theme of “Social Sector”, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said the bureaucrats can be instrumental in ushering change in developmental policies. Other panelists who spoke on the occasion included Dr. Vinod Paul of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Prof. Govinda of the National University of Education Planning and Administration (NEUPA), Shri SC Behar, IAS (Retd.) of Azim Premji Foundation and Shri Anil Sinha of the World Bank Group. Ms. Madhuri Das moderated the discussion.
Dr. Aravind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog chaired the second Panel Discussion on the theme “Housing.” Panelists included Shri B. Sriram, Managing Director, State Bank of India, Dr. M. Ramachandran, IAS (Retd.), Smt. Anita Arjundas, CEO, Mahidnra Lifespaces, Shri Sitaram Kunte and Shri Sachin Jadav, both IAS.
This was followed by Presentations on e-Samikhsa and Pragati by Shri Alok Chaturvedi, Joint Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat and Shri AK Sharma, Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office.
The first day’s proceedings ended with a panel discussion on “Employment, Skill and Entrepreneurship” chaired by Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Parliamentary Affairs. Panelists included Shri Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Quality Council of India (QCI), Shri Mohandas Pai of Manipal Global education Services, Shri RCM Reddy of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) and Smt. Sonal Mishra, IAS.
On the second day , marking the 9th Civil Services Day, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will confer the Awards to winners of outstanding initiatives in Public Administration for the years 2012–13 and 2013-14.
A number of outstanding initiatives in Public Administration in three categories – Individual, Team and Organisation - have been selected for the award for the year 2012-13 and 2013-14, from across the country. Under this scheme of awards all officers of Central and State governments, individually or as a Team or as an Organisation, are eligible. The award includes a medal, scroll and a cash amount of Rs.1 lakh. In case of a team, the total award money is Rs.5 lakh subject to a maximum of Rs.1 lakh per person. For an organisation, this is limited to Rs. 5 lakh.
Unlike previous years, the Civil Services Day which is being held on two days this year, focuses on ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ with specific sectoral emphasis on Social Sector, Housing, Employment & Skill Development and Agriculture. During the event, a book on ‘Best Practices – is Here’ will also be released by the Prime Minister .
This Day is being observed by all Civil Services to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people, since 2006. It provides a unique opportunity for introspection as also for working out future strategies to deal with the challenges being posed by the ever changing times.
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