Governor delivers valedictory address to senior IAS officers

Stresses need to face present challenges in governance with commitment: critical role in nation building

   SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: Governor N.N. Vohra has highlighted the critical role of IAS officers in the implementation of the unfinished agenda of nation building. He asked the officers to rededicate themselves to the service of people, particularly the poor and the disadvantaged sections of society.  He was delivering the Valedictory Address at the Mid-Career Training Programme for IAS officers who have 27-32 years of service at New Delhi today. The programme, organised by the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, is being attended by 97 senior IAS officers who are presently working with the Government of India and the various State Governments/UTs.

The Governor dwelt in detail on historic evolution of the civil services in pre-independence and post-independence India and commented on the challenges being faced by the IAS officers in the States, in the context of the rising aspirations of the people at large, viewed in the backdrop of inadequate delivery of services.  He stressed on the vastly increased responsibility of officers in view of their increasing accountability in an environment which is technologically advanced and increasingly globalised. The Governor emphasised that governance in the States did not fully succeed in eradicating poverty and economic inequalities, the rising dissatisfaction of the neglected segments of the people would pose a threat to democracy.

The address was followed by a lively interactive session during which the Governor replied to the queries of the officers. He wished all of them bright careers ahead.

Earlier, the Joint Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie,  Shri Tejveer Singh, in his welcome address, informed the Governor  that the course objectives include the training of officers for the next level of competency i.e. to be effective Additional Secretaries and Secretaries to Government of India. This entails better appreciation of the strategic levels of governance requiring vision, depth, perspective and awareness of the policy options. Shri Jayant Singh , Deputy Director, presented the vote of thanks.

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