PM Modi stresses India’s best, young officers be posted at Aspirational Districts to bring about noticeable changes through creative thinking and fresh ideas

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that India’s best, young officers should be posted at Aspirational Districts to bring about noticeable changes through their creative thinking and fresh ideas. He said this while chairing the three-day-long national conference of chief secretaries, yesterday at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

The first-of-its-kind conference is being held as an exercise towards strengthening the partnership between the Centre and the states, to build a shared vision for Amrit Kaal.

Lauding the success of the Aspirational Districts Programme, the Prime Minister said the government should strive to make these the ‘Inspirational Districts’ of India and extend the programme to the block and city levels.

He said the experience gained by them while working in these districts would be unparalleled and prove useful for the entire country.

Speaking on education, the Prime Minister said that teachers’ training can be strengthened by leveraging digital technology and learning mobile apps. Award-winning retired school teachers may also be roped in for training teachers, he added.

Prime Minister also suggested organising competitions among young entrepreneurs, start-ups and youth across States for preparation of quality content in various media such as drama, animation, mono-acting, etc. in regional languages. The best content creators would be awarded.

Discussions were held on ‘Crop Diversification and Achieving Self-Sufficiency in Oilseeds, Pulses and Other Agri-Commodities’ and ‘Implementation of National Education Policy-School Education’. There were sessions on ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: Road to 2047’ and the Aspirational Districts Programme.

Several strategies for ‘Aatmanirbhar Krishi’ and for a digital mission in agriculture were also discussed.The need for greater Centre-state coordination for driving India’s infrastructure growth story through PM-GatiShakti was also highlighted.

All the states and union territories actively participated, flagged concerns, highlighted best practices and suggested possible solutions in every session.