New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today urged the IAS officers to administer with a human touch and implement schemes in their true spirit.
''As the heads of their districts in the early phase of their career, you should not only make just use of the law and the power at your disposal but also deal with the people in a humane manner,'' she said, while addressing the IAS probationers of the 2007 batch who called on her at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Describing the officers as 'blessed ones', as they had the benefit of good education and been selected for the elite service, the President said they should use their education and training for the betterment of the people and be their friend, philosopher and guide.
Referring to India's rapid development with an average GDP growth rate of nine per cent, Ms Patil emphasised on the requirement of an inclusive growth and stressed on the importance of education in a 'knowledge economy'.
Speaking about the social evils in society such as child marriage, female foeticide and dowry, she urged the young officers to play an active role in implementation of laws and schemes to eradicate these evils.
Ms Patil also strongly encouraged the officers to play a pro-active role in helping in the empowerment of the first generation of women stepping into Panchayati Raj Institutions.
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