Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the civil services probationers to take decisions towards India’s unity and to maintain the spirit of the Constitution as they work as the steel frame of the country.
“Sardar Saheb’s advice to the officers was that serving the citizens of the country is your highest duty. I also urge that whatever decision a civil servant takes, should be in the national context, should strengthen the unity and integrity of the country,” PM Modi said as he referred to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first home minister. “Even if your area and section you handle is small, you should always have people’s interest in mind and that there should be a national perspective,” he added.
He said that the work of the steel frame is not just to provide the base and only to manage ongoing arrangements.“The work of steel frame also has to make the country feel that even if there is a big crisis or a big change, you will cooperate in advancing the country by becoming a force, facilitate,” he said as he referred to the phrase used by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for the civil services in the country.
The Prime Minister was addressing officer trainees belonging to various civil services currently undergoing the foundation course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussoorie through videoconference as a culmination of Aarambh 2020.
Aarambh, the LBSNAA website said, is an initiative to bring all probationers of All India Service, Group-A Central Service and Foreign Service together for a Common Foundation Course (CFC) with the vision to break the silos of departments and services from the very beginning of the career of a civil servant.
Prime Minister Modi earlier witnessed the National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas parade on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Kevadia, Gujarat. The parade tableau included National Disaster Response Force’s (NDRF) Medical First Respondent (MFR) and Flood Water Rescue (FWR) vehicles, Border Security Force’s (BSF) Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) and Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) Critical Response Vehicle.
CRPF Women Warriors’ also performed a rifle drill while the Department of Sports Youth and Cultural Affairs, Gujarat State performed a cultural dance. The Prime Minister also administered the Rashtriya Ekta Pledge in Kevadia.
PM Modi is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, the first time since the coronavirus disease outbreak and the lockdown in March, to mark Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, celebrating the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.
(With agency inputs)