Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday called upon the civil servants to rededicate themselves to the cause of serving citizens and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.
Addressing a conglomeration of civil servants during the Civil Services Day celebration here at the DK Convention Centre, the Chief Minister acknowledged the contribution of former officers in the evolution of Arunachal Pradesh to its present form.
“It was only because of the sincerity, hard work and professionalism of the civil servants of that bygone era that Arunachal Pradesh could move forward matching steps with rest of the country. On this day, I on behalf of the people of the state, express gratitude and pay tributes to all those former civil servants and bureaucrats who served in Arunachal Pradesh and helped it grow,” he said.
Khandu said Arunachal Pradesh has been lucky to have excellent civil servants in the past and continue to have some of the best, sincere, hardworking and dedicated civil servants today.
“With your support, cooperation and sincerity, the state government today has brought in several reforms, which have started showing positive results,” he remarked.
As the general tenure of All India Service Officers in the state is only two years, Khandu said a lot depends on the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service (APCS) officers in delivering governance to the people. He urged the APCS officers, who are mostly indigenous to the state, to take ownership of the state and its development.
“Until and unless our local officers take ownership of the state, no chief minister or any government can take the state on the path of progress. We the political class are entirely dependent upon the system and you are the system,” he said.
He advised the civil servants, especially those heading departments, to travel to the districts and coordinate with the district administrations to push schemes and programmes being implemented by their respective departments.
“Our focus should be to change the dynamics of rural economy through proper implementation of all state and central government flagship programmes. If you don’t travel, you will not be able to ensure proper implementation of schemes,” he said.
Khandu, meanwhile, congratulated the Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) headed by its Chairman Rajeev Verma and Secretary Santosh Kumar Rai on winning the prestigious ‘Chief Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration-2022’ conferred on the occasion.
He said that APSSB has not only restored the faith of people in the recruitment process but also in the process of governance as a whole.