Chandigarh, September 27 – In a first of its kind dialogue with twenty young IAS officers, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, exhorted them to observe and implement his Government's policy of zero tolerance towards corruption at their respective places of posting.
While interacting with all the Haryana cadre IAS officers of the 2011-2015 batches here today at his residence, the Chief Minister suggested that each one of them should choose one national or state program of socioeconomic development for career long commitment whatever be their future postings. He said that they should never feel resource constrained as any number of citizens, civil society organizations and corporates were ready to support honest and passionate efforts for nation building and betterment of society.
Earlier the Chief Minister was all ears for over three hours during a scintillating sharing of experiences and innovative ideas by the young officers. The Chief Secretary and the officers working in the Chief Minister's office took copious notes as the conference room buzzed with novel suggestions on improving revenue administration, animal husbandry, food processing, Smart cities Beti Bachao Beti Padhao program and many other governance. The young officers were almost unanimously appreciative of CM Window and All women police stations - the two flagship programs of Mr Manohar Lal.
The Chief Minister emphasised the need for field officers to find time everyday to meet the public. He asked them to remain present in their offices between 11 a.m. and 12 noon for this purpose. He said that the Government would soon launch an Antyodya Mission to ensure that the benefits of all schemes and programmes reach every deserving person.
While praising the role of senior bureaucracy, Mr. Manohar Lal said that it was the new generation of officers who could help the government keep pace with people’s expectations and changing needs of the society. Noting that life always brings up challenges he said that they should always have the courage to do the right thing. The Chief Minister had taken care to invite a 1964 batch IAS officer Mr S D Bhambri, the former Chief Secretary, Haryana to preside over the interaction. Mr. S.D. Bhambri asked the young officers to set an example by always striving to do something new and to consciously promote the spirit of nationhood in their spheres of influence.
Chief Secretary Mr. D.S. Dhesi said that it was a unique day as it was the first time that a Chief Minister had spared half a day for face-to-face interaction with junior IAS officers. He also thanked the Chief Minister for this initiative.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, asked the new IAS officers to send feedback about the interaction, so that their suggestions could be considered while designing future strategies. He also apprised them about the key features of the New Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015.
Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. R.K. Khullar, Additional Principal Secretary, Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Director General, Information Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi and 20 IAS officers of the 2011-2015 batch including Mr. Amit Khatri, Mr. Vinay Partap Singh, Dr. Aditya Dahiya, Mr.Vijay Kumar Siddappa Bhavikatti, Ms. Amna Tasneem, Mr. Dhirendra Khadgata, Dr. Priyanka Soni, Mr. Shaleen, Mr. Ajay Singh Tomar, Mr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Sangeeta Tetarwal, Mr. Nishant Kumar Yadav, Mr. Pardeep Dahiya, Mr. Parath Gupta, Mr. Anish Yadav, Mr. Munish Sharma, Mr. Manoj Kumar, Ms. Rani Nagar, Mr. Vikram and Ms. Nidhi Gupta were also present.