Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates IAS Academy's new block at Mussoorie Today

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurating the new Academic Block of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), in Mussoorie on June 29, 2015. The Director LBSNAA, Shri Rajeev Kapoor is also seen.
Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates IAS Academy's new block at Mussoorie Today 

Addressing the IAS and other Civil Services trainees at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) here today, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances,Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that bureaucrats are the key to good governance and have a vital role to play in achieving the Modi government’s goal of “maximum governance, minimum government”. 

He was speaking after inaugurating the Academy's new block "Aadharshila" . 

Dwelling on the history of civil services in India, Dr Jitendra Singh observed that it has been a long journey since the times when the British introduced the Indian Imperial Service or Indian Civil Service (ICS) over a century and a half ago and said, the brief and responsibilities of a civil servant of British India and that of independent India are basically apart from each other. Citing an example, he said, during British Raj, a civil servant was expected to collect revenue for the empire and that is why he was known as “Collector” but in independent India, he is expected to generate revenue for public welfare and that is why he is often referred as “District Development Commissioner”. 

Similarly, during British Raj, a Collector was supposed to assert the writ of empire on the masses, whereas in independent India, he is supposed to act as a bridge between people’s aspirations and the decision making political establishment,he added 

Over the last 65 years of independence, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the task of a civil servant has become more demanding and the level of expectations has also gone high. At the same time, there is a constant scrutiny from public and media, which may sometimes add to the stress in the working of a civil servant, he said but hastened to add that the Modi government is committed to give a conducive and work-friendly environment for the officers. In this context, he referred to regular Yoga sessions started by Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) from 1st April this year for civil servants across the country. He also referred to Prime Minister’s emphasis on digitalization and e-governance to facilitate easy governance and reduce the potential for delay or corruption. 

Referring to the relationship between bureaucracy and political establishment, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it has to be symbiotic and not contradictory, so that the two vital pillars of democracy can supplement each other’s role without acting at cross purposes. Acts of omission or commission begin to take place only when there are dubious intentions or a dubious nexus, he cautioned. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh also referred to some of the current issues, including lack of faculty at the Academy and DoPT's decision to revise the syllabus and pattern of Civil Services exam. He said, all these steps are intended to make the IAS officers better suited to serve the contemporary India's requirements. 

Director LBSNAA Rajeev Kapoor and Senior Deputy Directors Roli Singh, Jaspreet Talwar, M.H. Khan and Ravi Shankar also spoke on the occasion. 

The Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation (I/C), External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh presented the National Statistics Awards, at the celebrations of the 9th Statistics Day 2015, in New Delhi on June 29, 2015. The Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Dr. T.C.A. Anant is also seen.
The Theme of Social Development Chosen for the National Statistics Day is Relevant and is Related to the Themes of Development of the Prime Minister - Says General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh 

The Union Minister of State for Statistics & Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), Minister of State for External Affairs & Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh, has said that theme of social development chosen for the Statistics day is relevant and is related to various themes of development set by the Prime Minister. Addressing the main function relating to the 9th National Statistics Day in New Delhi today, he called upon Statisticians to use technology to analyze the data to make it relevant for interventions to be made in specific areas for the development of the society. He said the Government is looking for a focused interventions the areas like education, health, sanitation etc. He said the proposed ‘Time Use’ survey of people both in paid and unpaid work by his Ministry should contribute for understanding and taking decisions for improving the productivity of the nation. 

The Chairman of the National Statistical Commission Dr. Pronab Sen has said that most of the larger problems have been addressed as a part of the development agenda and now the data collection and analysis needs to be different to address specific problems in identified and focused areas. The Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation Dr. T.C. A. Anant said that it is now time to review the social development in the country as a part of review of the millennium development goals in 2015. He said statistical tools should be improved to be able to measure various social developmental parameters of the society. 

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has been celebrating the Statistics Day every year since 2007 to create public awareness, especially among the younger generation for drawing inspiration from Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis about the role and importance of statistics in socio-economic planning, policy formulation and good governance. 

In recognition of the notable contributions made by him in the fields of statistics and economic planning, Government of India has designated 29th June every year as the “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days for celebration at the national level to mark his birth anniversary. 

On this occasion, National Awards in Statistics, constituted in the Honour of Prof. C.R. Rao were conferred by General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh to Dr. Hukum Chandra, Scientist, IASRI and Dr. Pulak Ghosh, Professor IIM, Bangalore. 

The theme selected for 9th Statistics Day was ‘Social Development’ in view of the contribution and importance of this sector to Indian economy. The main theme paper on “Social Development Statistics: Current Status, Issues and Challenges” was presented by Central Statistics Office. 

The 9th Statistics Day 2015 was also celebrated all over India by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, State Governments, Offices of NSSO spread throughout the country, Indian Statistical Institute, Universities/Departments, etc. by organizing Seminars, Conferences, Debates, Quiz Programmes, Lecture Series, Essay Competitions, etc. 

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