Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar has said that India is the largest mother of democracy and the Indian democracy is the most functional and vibrant at all levels. He stressed that our level of freedom of expression is next to none and there is no tangible reflection of enforced silence.
The Vice-President was addressing the large gathering of civil servants after Inaugurating the 16th Civil Services Day in New Delhi today.
Vice-President Dhankhar stated that it is painful to suffer some who adopt an ostrich stance to our phenomenal growth and flourishing democratic values. The Vice President expressed disapproval of those who “engage in misadventure to demean, decry, taint and tarnish the country’s democracy and constitutional institutions.
In his address, the Vice- President called upon the Civil Servants to facilitate uniformity in administration across the Union and the States so that Federalism blossoms into Cooperative Federalism. Referring to Civil Services as the backbone of the governance, he acknowledged the role of Civil Servants as the ‘most visible and effective agents of change’ in ensuring the inclusive development of the nation.
The Vice-President lauded the increasing representation of all sections of society in the Civil Services, especially young talent from remote villages, belonging to humble family backgrounds as well as from marginalized communities. Noting the rising number of women in public administration, he said that it will pave the way for a more sensitive and well-rounded bureaucracy.
The Vice-President underlined that this year’s theme of Civil Services Day ‘Viksit Bharat: Empowering Citizens and Reaching the Last Mile’ is a true reflection of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution that seeks to secure Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity for all its citizens.
Vice-President Dhankhar said that due to effective implementation of affirmative and innovative initiatives and policies of the Government, India, today is the global destination of opportunities and investment. He said that India has become the 5th largest Economy in the world in September last year. It will become the Third Largest Global Economy at the turn of the decade, he added.
On the occasion, the Vice-President unveiled an e-book on ‘National Good Governance Webinar Series’ during the event. He also inaugurated an exhibition on ‘Good Governance Practices in India- Awarded Initiatives’. Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh and other senior officers of the Government were also present in the event.