The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu graced and addressed the Valedictory function of the 97th Common Foundation Course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie today (December 9, 2022).
Addressing the Officer Trainees, the President said that as she was addressing them, the words of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were echoing in her memory.
In April 1947, Sardar Patel was meeting a batch of IAS trainees. At that time he had said, “We must expect and we have a right to expect the best out of every civil servant in whatever position of responsibility he or she may be”.
The President during the Valedictory function said that today we can proudly say that the civil servants have lived up to these expectations.
The President noted that the main mantra of this Foundation Course is “we, not I”. She expressed confidence that the officer trainees of this Course would shoulder the responsibility of taking the country forward with a collective spirit.
She said that many of them would run the administration of a large part of the country for the coming 10-15 years and would be connected with the masses. They could give a concrete shape to the India of their dreams, she added.
Speaking about Global warming and climate change, the President said that the whole world is struggling with these issues. There is an urgent need to take effective steps to solve these problems.
She appealed to officers to fully implement steps taken by the Government of India for environmental protection, to save our future.
The President said that officers of the 97th Common Foundation Course are entering civil services in the Amrit Kaal of India’s independence.
In the next 25 years, they would play an important role in policy-making and its implementation for the all-around development of the country.