India’s Very Own Dr. Phil: PM Modi Boosts Officers’ Morale 

PM @narendramodi has directed bureaucrats to not lead a uni-directional life.

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Seldom does the political head of a country deliver a pep-talk to its bureaucracy.

So, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised bureaucrats to “not live like robots” and instead spend quality time with their families, we had an elated bureaucracy lauding the PM’s people skills.

You are very good at time management but do you spend quality time with your family. Please think about this. Imagine whether or not your life has become robotic. If it has happened than this impacts the whole government and system. We can’t be robotic. That can’t be our life.
– PM Narendra Modi

Addressing members of the bureaucracy at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan, Modi said that none of them should look withered.

It is not that your life should become like a file. If a government is there, files will be there, there is no alternative. It (file) is your 2nd ‘ardhang’ (better half). If you do not care about life, it will get stuck in files.
– Narendra Modi

Modi also added that he needed bureaucrats who were full of energy.

I have never been to Mussoorie (the location of Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration where all-India services officers are trained). But is it there that one should be very serious, one should be carrying the world’s burden? You read a lot. You must have read books written by the best people in the world. You are basically of this nature and that’s why you are here. He who does ‘union baji’ in college doesn’t come here. He who is lost in books come here.
– Narendra Modi

He also added that the government’s work wasn’t restricted to running departments and instead there was a growing need to be innovative and modernise the individual departments as well.

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