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Be positive: Governor to babus

Time of India 18th Feb 2007 PATNA: “Be positive” is governor R S Gavai’s message to the civil servants. “Try to shun the negative mindset which will not be of any help in meeting the goal for which the state machinery works,” Gavai said while delivering the keynote address at a seminar on “Role & difficulty of civil service officer in imparting social justice to the poor masses” organised as a part of 15th conference of All India Federation of State Civil/Administrative Service Association on Sunday. Highlighting the role of civil servants in meeting the goals set by the constitution makers, the governor said civil servants are the tools for ushering in social justice in the society. He also urged them to take special care of the weaker sections and utilise the funds meant for the masses properly. “Remember, the funds meant for welfare schemes are those of the public and their judicious use is sacrosanct duty of all those who handle it,” Gavai said. Corruption also figured in his address and he said it was really sad that huge chunk of funds were not reaching the target group due to corrupt practices. Former chairman of Bihar Public Service Commission N K Agrawal dwelt on the basic role of civil servants. “Civil servants are supposed to be like umpires who are supposed to be impartial while carrying out their work,” he said and added that civil servants had an added role of facilitator. Delivering the vote of thanks, B D Shindhe of Maharashtra Civil Service Association thanked the governor for sparing time for the conference and also demanded that instead of the present practice of reserving 33 per cent of senior posts for the state administrative service officials, the quota should be raised to 50 per cent. Earlier, in the morning session, delegates from different states expressed their views on the various problems facing the state administrative service officials and the challenges before them.

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