Chief Minister Pema Khandu today attended the valedictory function of the mid-career training programme for IAS officers here at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA).
Addressing the valedictory function, Chief Minister said its an honour and pride to attend the programme and interact with IAS officers from across the country. Pema Khandu said that “Since IAS officers are spread all over the country and hails from different regions, caste and creed, they can play an effective role in binding the country together”. He said Sardar Patel had once called IAS the ‘steel frame’ of the country’s government machinery and hence the role and responsibility of IAS officers being enormous.
Chief Minister said times are changing and IAS officers must keep themselves updated with latest trend and be ready to adapt to changes. Mid career training programme is essential to help them adapt to such changes. He urged that after what they have learnt in the institute, they must start implementing it on the ground not superficially but understanding the genuine concerns of the people.
Chief Minister said political leaders changes every five years but officials in the bureaucracy are for longer period of time and hence the role of IAS officers assumes greater importance in the development of the country. He urged the IAS officers to work always keeping in mind the welfare of the country and its poorest section. He urged them to keep themselves connected with ground realities and always rely on innovation for solutions.
Chief Minister stressed on having separate civil service cadre for Arunachal as posting of non permanent IAS/IPS officers at higher bureaucracy causes institutional memory loss that slows down the pace of development.
Chief Minister on the occasion gave away the awards and certificates to the IAS officers who had completed the mid-career training programme. He also felicitated the LBSNAA Director Sanjeev Chopra.
Chief Minister later addressed the 2019 batch of IAS officers undergoing their foundation course. Interacting with the IAS trainee, CM briefly spoke about Arunachal and Northeast as a whole. Chief Minister said Arunachal is known as the ‘Jai Hind’ state as this slogan is commonly heard in this part of the country. Development may not have fully reached Arunachal, but patriotic spirit runs high in the veins of the people here, said the CM.
The speech was followed by question and answer session where the young trainees asked the Chief Minister on various important issues relating to Arunachal.
The FC (foundation course) event in total was of 22 services. Around 325 trainees of 2019 batch are undergoing training in LBSNAA, Mussoorie.