Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee, who met Narendra Modi on Tuesday, said the Prime Minister discussed his government’s efforts to reform bureaucracy by making it more responsive to the views of the people on the ground. PM Modi told Banerjee that his passion for the empowerment of humanity was laudable.
“The Prime Minister was kind enough to give me quite a lot of time and to talk about his way of thinking about India, which was quite unique because one hears a lot about policies but one rarely hears about the thinking behind it…
PM explained how he is trying to reform bureaucracy to make it more responsive: Banerjee said: “PM Modi talked about the way he sees governance in particular. He very nicely explained how he is trying to reform the bureaucracy in India to make it more responsive… to understand the ways in which people’s views need to be taken into account… to expose them (bureaucrats) more to the reality on the ground.
“I think it’s important for India to have a bureaucracy that lives on the ground and gets its stimulus from how life is on the ground and without that we get an unresponsive government. Thank you, PM. That was quite a unique experience for me,” he said.
Modi had said he had a “healthy and extensive interaction” with Banerjee on various subjects.
Piyush Goyal called Banerjee a leftist: This meeting of Modi and Banerjee has come at a time when Union Minister Piyush Goyal recently described him as having an inclination towards leftist ideology. Goyal had said that Banerjee sang the great virtues of the Nyaya Yojana, but the people of the country completely rejected it. After this, Banerjee had told a TV channel that Goyal is questioning my professionalism.