Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has said the young UPSC successful candidates that we all join with a lot of idealism. More than 90% of us join with an idealism, but over time we become part of the system. That is something which is wrong. Life should be exciting and these services do give you a lot of excitement. You will have infinite opportunities to do something, whether you join the IAS, IPS, IRS.
He was sharing his experiences with them. On the occassion, he further shared his experiences with them and asked the young selected candidates to use their idealism in their services by remaining accessible to the public they serve so that wherever they work in their lives, the people remember them forever.
Addressing the gathering of the young selected candidates, Mr Kejriwal “Why is it that you are joining the civil services? What is your motivation? This is the first question you're asked in the interview. And almost a 100% of the candidates respond that they're joining the services to the serve the nation. If this were indeed true, the country would've reached great heights by now in 70 years after independence.”
The Chief Minister said bureaucrats have extraordinary powers and those who want to achieve something for the country have a very big opportunity to do that.
He further said that now that you are joining the services, the country is taking the responsibility for your entire life. From your car, home, job, facilities to your post retirement, until your death, the country will take care of you. The country expects something in return. You have to give back two to three times of that back to the country.
Referring to young UPSC successful candidates, Mr Kejriwal said “We all join with a lot of idealism. More than 90% of us join with an idealism, but over time we become part of the system. That is something which is wrong. Life should be exciting and these services do give you a lot of excitement. You will have infinite opportunities to do something, whether you join the IAS, IPS, IRS.”
Sharing his observations, the Chief Minister said he has observed that a lot of officers become slaves of the written word. Laws are made to serve people, not the other way around. If there is more than one interpretation of law, then take the one that benefits the people.
Mr Kejriwal asked the young officers to remain very accessible throughout their careers. “The more accessible you are, the more sensitive you will be to their issues. When you open yourself to what people want, you will be able to serve them better.”