Identify goals to be achieved by 2022, PM directs secys
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked top bureaucrats to identify concrete goals to be achieved by 2022, particularly focussing on the development of 100 most backward districts in a mission mode through short time frames.
Modi, while interacting with all the secretaries to the government of India, asked them to rise above the "administrative mechanisms of earlier centuries" and work beyond the "silos" of their respective ministries for the development of the country.
He told them that they had an opportunity to transform the lives of one-sixth of humanity, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
Underlining that institutions must be made "outcome- oriented", the Prime Minister asked the bureaucrats to identify concrete goals to be achieved by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence.
He called for a mission mode approach to the 100 most backward districts in India and said specific goals should be set on various parameters in definite short time frames for these districts, the PMO said.
While asking the bureaucrats not to work in silos, Prime Minister Modi said the some of the best results in the last three years had been achieved when the entire government machinery worked in unison, as a team.
In this regard, he cited examples such as financial inclusion (Jan Dhan Yojana) and universal immunization (Mission Indradhanush), the PMO said.
On 'Swachhta Abhiyan', the prime minister said, "the biggest groundswell of support has come from the people, and that is driving change at the administrative level."
Turning to the planned roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime from July 1, he said it would mark a "turning point" in the country's history.
He asked the secretaries to proactively prepare for this transformation, to ensure a smooth transition, the statement said.
The prime minister told the bureaucrats that "the world is looking at India differently today and this is a unique opportunity which should not be missed. Let us build mechanisms to meet global expectations."
Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari also addressed the secretaries.
Earlier, the secretaries made some suggestions on various sectors of governance., the PMO said.
Indian music unites country by breaking social barriers: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that Indian music, in all its forms, unites the country by breaking social barriers and spreading the message of togetherness.
Stressing that Indian music sets the base for the country's "Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb", he said its majesty, magic and mysticism, positively effects an individual's thoughts.
"Indian music, whether it is classical, folk or filmy, has always worked for unity in the country by breaking all social barriers," Modi said through video conferencing at the fifth International Convention of SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) at IIT Delhi here. It has always spread the message of togetherness by breaking all walls of religion and caste. Our classical music is the best medium to gain peace and experience calmness, he said.
Emphasising on the relevance of Indian music and its diversity, the prime minister said, "Hindustani music of the north, Carnatic music of the south, Rabindra Sangeet of Bengal, Jyoti Sangeet of Assam and Sufi music of Jammu and Kashmir, all these musical traditions set the base of our Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb."
"Our diversity is our strength," Modi said, adding students of one state can learn songs in other regional languages.
"Indian music will help us in realising the goal of 'Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat' (One India, Best India)," he said.
Stressing that it is important for the younger generation to know and understand India's rich cultural and musical heritage, the prime minister said these days the youth are less aware about Indian classical music and instruments.
"This is a matter of concern for our country, as no nation can succeed by ignoring its heritage," he said.
"There is one type of music which will make your body move and then there is Indian music which will make your heart dance. Music is art, a livelihood. But, in Indian context, it is spirituality, a way of life," Modi said.