New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked bureaucrats to do away with “archaic” rules and procedures which hamper governance by creating “avoidable confusion” and encouraged them to take decisions with a promise of backing them.
Holding a meeting collectively with 77 secretaries and senior officers of all the ministries and departments here, he asked them to approach him directly through phone or email to give suggestions or seek his intervention to resolve any issues.
During the marathon two-and-a-half hour meeting, Modi “listened extensively” to the top bureaucrats and empathized with their sentiments while noting their anguish in not being able to realize their true potential because of “circumstances”, an official statement said after the first such meeting in eight years.
Expressing full faith in their commitment and competence to build a better future for the country, he asked them to simplify and streamline administrative rules and procedures to make them people-friendly.
He said that “there may be rules and processes which have become outdated, and instead of serving the process of governance, they are leading to avoidable confusion” and stressed upon the need to “identify and do away with such archaic rules and procedures”.