Civil service is not just a career: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that public servants have an important contribution in the progress, development and welfare of the state. I salute all those public servants who have contributed in transforming the state from a BIMARU state to a developing state.

Chouhan said that civil service is not just a career, it is a campaign to build the country and serve the people. Public servants have the power to change the country and the state and change the lives of the people. Public servants should always strive for capacity building and work with the spirit that there is always scope for improvement.

Chouhan was addressing a programme at the Academy of Administration on the 17th Civil Services Day. Officers of Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, State Administrative Service, State Police Service and State Forest Service posted in Bhopal along with Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains were present.

The Chief Minister inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp. Vande Mataram was presented by Harmony Group. Member of the Capacity Building Commission, R Balasubramaniam was a special guest. A short film on the role of civil servants in the difficult times of Corona was also screened.

Chouhan said that the civil servants in Madhya Pradesh set a wonderful example during the Corona period. They were not afraid, they accepted the challenges and fulfilled their responsibilities by putting themselves at risk. Many officers and employees laid down their lives while on duty. Many public servants continued to do their duties despite having been infected. Chouhan said that I have a pleasant experience of working with public servants, I am proud of the team of the state.

Citing the example of Ladli Laxmi Yojana and Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act, the Chief Minister said that the idea of schemes comes from among the people and for the purpose of providing relief to the public. The shaping of plans and its successful implementation depends on the public servants. As a result of the successful implementation of Ladli Laxmi Yojana implemented in the state, today there are 43 lakh Ladli Laxmis in the state. Many states have also adopted this scheme of Madhya Pradesh. Similarly, the Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act has been appreciated by the United Nations.

Chouhan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has amazing leadership qualities. He considers all aspects of life and provides result oriented leadership to the country. Some examples are Millet Mission, Natural Farming, Amrit Talab Yojana and Mission Karma Yogi.

Giving guidance to the public servants, Chouhan said that it is necessary to keep trying to do better than what we are doing at present. It is necessary to upgrade oneself and make oneself efficient and fit according to the changing technology and circumstances. For this, by taking appropriate training and making efforts at individual level, we can continuously improve our work capacity. Chief Minister Chouhan also gave his own example in time management and setting priorities.

Citing the example of shlokas from Gita, Chief Minister Chouhan discussed about the characteristics of a satvik worker. Chouhan said that it is necessary to remain free from prejudice and ego, to have patience, have a positive attitude with enthusiasm, to maintain equal feelings in success and failure and to be full of faith.

Giving another example, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan gave the message of being positive and full of enthusiasm towards work and welfare of others.

He said that the public servants have got a chance to build the country and the state and the welfare of the people. They carry out their work with a sense of happiness and humility.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan stated the need to give time to one’s family along with government work and take care of one’s own health. Shri Chouhan said that meditation-yoga and pranayama are necessary for physical health and mental peace. Giving examples of Shri Noronha and Shri Buch, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that on the strength of their works and services, civil servants can set an example for the coming generations. Public servants are capable of bringing change in the districts and the state. Their work and services should be such that people remember them in times to come. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that public servants should contribute their best in the welfare, progress and development of the state and extension of government facilities to every person.