Dr Jitendra addresses Civil Service trainees from Maldives, Bangladesh

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, addressing the Civil Service trainees and officers from Maldives and Bangladesh at New Delhi on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Sept 27: Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also the Minister-Incharge DoPT/ARPG and IAS Academy Mussoorie, today addressed the valedictory Session of special training program for the Civil Service trainees and officers from Maldives and Bangladesh.
The event was attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Personnel, Ministry of External Affairs and the High Commission of Bangladesh to India and the Embassy of Maldives to India.
The two-week long special training program was conducted by the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) at Mussoorie and Delhi in pursuance of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India-Bangladesh and India-Maldives which were signed for training 1800 civil servants of Bangladesh and 1000 civil servants of Maldives over a period of 5 years. In all 33 officials from Maldives and 31 officials from Bangladesh participated in the training program.
In his address, Dr. Singh said that this training program is an extension of multi-faceted relations that exist between India and both countries. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always emphasised on the ‘Neighbourhood First” policy. He expressed happiness over the fact that India today has achieved a level in civil services training which is being emulated by other countries. He said that many students are visiting India from neighbouring countries for studies.
Dr Singh said that India has focussed on ‘maximum governance and minimum government’. India has done away with interview at lower level posts and attestation of documents, which shows its confidence and trust in its citizens. He said that ease of governance is nothing, but ease of living.
The Minister said that about 1500 obsolete laws have been done away in the last 5 years period, as they were adding more ‘unease’ than ‘ease’ to governance. He also said that the technology has been put to optimum use during these years. The Grievance Portal has become very active and responsive, he added.
Dr Singh said that best practices in India can be adopted by the trainee civil servants. He also asked them for their inputs and suggestions and said that there is much that needs to be learnt from each other. He said that the governance can be improved by mutual consultations.
Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to India Aishath Mohamed Didi, Chairman of the Civil Services Commission of Maldives Aly Shameen and Secretary ARPG K.V. Eapen.also spoke on the occasion.