Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asked a group of newly-inducted IAS officers not to hesitate in putting forth their point of view before the ministers in case of difference of opinion. The assertion was made during an interactive session between 11 union ministers, including Singh, and about 35 IAS officers of 2014 batch of Uttar Pradesh cadre as well as those officers who are domicile of the state, presently posted in various ministries as Assistant Secretaries. Addressing the young officers, Singh called upon them to always uphold their reputation and credibility. Asking them to bear empathy for the last man in the queue, he said the IAS officers should shoulder big responsibility in the district and must win the trust of the common people. Recalling his tenure as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Singh asked the IAS officers not to hesitate to put across their point of view before the ministers in case of difference of opinion, according to an official release. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the IAS officer being the steward of administration in the district, should always show concern to the interests of poor people. He asked them to show sensitivity to issues of the armed forces personnel and ex-servicemen. Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi said as District Magistrates, the IAS officers should show a sense of compassion and kindness to resolve the problems of the common man. Other ministers who participated in the interactive session included Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) and Culture Mahesh Sharma, MoS for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, MoS (External Affairs) V K Singh, MoS (Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation) Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and MoS (Food Processing Industries) Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Ministers of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey, MoS (Women & Child Development) Krishna Raj and MoS (Health and Family Welfare) Anupriya Patel also participated in the session.
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