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Here's why PM Modi banned mobile phones in meetings with bureaucrats

Modi said he asked bureaucrats to stop checking social media sites during discussions

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Civil Services Day 2017 function in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: PTI

Prime Minister on Friday said that were banned from his because he often found officers checking sites in the midst of official discussions.

"I see these days that district-level officers are so busy, busy, that most of their time goes into it (social media). I have stopped the entry (of mobile phones) in my as they (officers) would take them out and start (checking out sites)," he said.

The should be used for the welfare of the people and not for self-praise, he told at a meeting in New Delhi to mark

The world was moving from e-governance to mobile- governance and the best equipment needed to be used for the welfare of people, he added. sites were helpful when they were used for spreading information about the good work being done.

"If I am informing the people about dates of polio vaccination through social media, saying that they should come out on a particular date for the vaccination, then it (social media) is helpful. But if during vaccination-related work, I am praising my own photograph on facebook, then it puts a question mark (on the work done by civil servants)," he said.

Modi, whose speech was often met with cheers and laughter, said that he was not a part of the bureaucracy because he did not get the chance "to attend coaching". The reference was to tuition classes which many would-be join to be able to qualify for the civil services.

If he had, he said, he would have become a bureaucrat of the rank of a director after serving the people for 16 years.

"It is my good luck that I am in public service for the past 16 years... I did not get the chance to attend coaching," he said.

As his audience applauded, he turned to Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary in the PMO--who was sitting on the dais-- and asked him what rank he would have reached after 16 years in service.

"Deputy Secretary? Director," he said, after consulting Misra. "So I should have come in the director category."

Modi added that there had been several committees and commissions on administrative reforms, comprising officers from central and state governments. "But all those who made all these reports, they must not have read them completely," he said.

"I feel that those working in this system have enormous experience. What you (bureaucrats) have, the kind of suggestions you have, no reform can be bigger than that. But we don't value this (experience)," the prime minister said.

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Here's why PM Modi banned mobile phones in meetings with bureaucrats

Modi said he asked bureaucrats to stop checking social media sites during discussions

Modi said he asked bureaucrats to stop checking social media sites during discussions
Prime Minister on Friday said that were banned from his because he often found officers checking sites in the midst of official discussions.

"I see these days that district-level officers are so busy, busy, that most of their time goes into it (social media). I have stopped the entry (of mobile phones) in my as they (officers) would take them out and start (checking out sites)," he said.

The should be used for the welfare of the people and not for self-praise, he told at a meeting in New Delhi to mark

The world was moving from e-governance to mobile- governance and the best equipment needed to be used for the welfare of people, he added. sites were helpful when they were used for spreading information about the good work being done.

"If I am informing the people about dates of polio vaccination through social media, saying that they should come out on a particular date for the vaccination, then it (social media) is helpful. But if during vaccination-related work, I am praising my own photograph on facebook, then it puts a question mark (on the work done by civil servants)," he said.

Modi, whose speech was often met with cheers and laughter, said that he was not a part of the bureaucracy because he did not get the chance "to attend coaching". The reference was to tuition classes which many would-be join to be able to qualify for the civil services.

If he had, he said, he would have become a bureaucrat of the rank of a director after serving the people for 16 years.

"It is my good luck that I am in public service for the past 16 years... I did not get the chance to attend coaching," he said.

As his audience applauded, he turned to Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary in the PMO--who was sitting on the dais-- and asked him what rank he would have reached after 16 years in service.

"Deputy Secretary? Director," he said, after consulting Misra. "So I should have come in the director category."

Modi added that there had been several committees and commissions on administrative reforms, comprising officers from central and state governments. "But all those who made all these reports, they must not have read them completely," he said.

"I feel that those working in this system have enormous experience. What you (bureaucrats) have, the kind of suggestions you have, no reform can be bigger than that. But we don't value this (experience)," the prime minister said.
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Here's why PM Modi banned mobile phones in meetings with bureaucrats

Modi said he asked bureaucrats to stop checking social media sites during discussions

Prime Minister on Friday said that were banned from his because he often found officers checking sites in the midst of official discussions.

"I see these days that district-level officers are so busy, busy, that most of their time goes into it (social media). I have stopped the entry (of mobile phones) in my as they (officers) would take them out and start (checking out sites)," he said.

The should be used for the welfare of the people and not for self-praise, he told at a meeting in New Delhi to mark

The world was moving from e-governance to mobile- governance and the best equipment needed to be used for the welfare of people, he added. sites were helpful when they were used for spreading information about the good work being done.

"If I am informing the people about dates of polio vaccination through social media, saying that they should come out on a particular date for the vaccination, then it (social media) is helpful. But if during vaccination-related work, I am praising my own photograph on facebook, then it puts a question mark (on the work done by civil servants)," he said.

Modi, whose speech was often met with cheers and laughter, said that he was not a part of the bureaucracy because he did not get the chance "to attend coaching". The reference was to tuition classes which many would-be join to be able to qualify for the civil services.

If he had, he said, he would have become a bureaucrat of the rank of a director after serving the people for 16 years.

"It is my good luck that I am in public service for the past 16 years... I did not get the chance to attend coaching," he said.

As his audience applauded, he turned to Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary in the PMO--who was sitting on the dais-- and asked him what rank he would have reached after 16 years in service.

"Deputy Secretary? Director," he said, after consulting Misra. "So I should have come in the director category."

Modi added that there had been several committees and commissions on administrative reforms, comprising officers from central and state governments. "But all those who made all these reports, they must not have read them completely," he said.

"I feel that those working in this system have enormous experience. What you (bureaucrats) have, the kind of suggestions you have, no reform can be bigger than that. But we don't value this (experience)," the prime minister said.

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