Modi's pat for topper babus, ear for laggers

Modi said that participatory democracy is a must for the development of the nation.

On a day he rewarded top performing civil servants, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also focussed on the under-achievers and urged officials to identify their difficulties to help them perform better.

Modi was speaking on the occasion of Civil Services Day on Saturday and conferred the Prime Minister's Awards on top performing bureaucrats.

Modi said his office was pleased with the huge number of applications it had received from bureaucrats for the awards.

“But, I find it difficult to be pleased. I am worried about those officers who have chosen not to apply. Is their energy flagging? Have they lost the inner drive to perform,” the Prime Minister wondered.

Asserting that no one was useless, Modi asked the officials to draw a list of the last 25 performers to understand the reasons for their under-achievement.

“Is it because they are posted in a difficult region? Are they facing any family problems or any other specific challenges,” he wondered.

The Prime Minister said his aim was to reward the better performers and encourage those lagging behind. “No one is useless. Every person has some energy... a human touch is all that is required to re-kindle the team spirit to encourage them to compete,” Modi said.

Referring to the Aspirational Districts, Modi said these 115 districts could become growth engines for the nation if officers worked for three years with specific targets.

Earlier, the Prime Minister awarded bureaucrats for their work on priority programmes such as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Deendayal Upadhyay Kaushalya Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Digital Payments.

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