New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged on Friday during the lecture organized by Niti Aayog that there is a requirement to modify laws, get rid of unnecessary procedures and boost up processes to go beyond "mere incremental progress".
"If India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not enough. A metamorphosis is needed,” Modi said. “That is why my vision for India is rapid transformation, not gradual evolution," he said.
Emphasizing on the need to come up with modified transformation of governance, Modi said, “it cannot happen with an administrative system of the 19th century.”
"A transformation of governance cannot happen without a transformation in mindset and a transformation in mindset cannot happen without transformative ideas," he added.
"We have to change laws, eliminate unnecessary procedures, speed up processes and adopt technology. We cannot march through the 21st century with the administrative systems of the 19th century," he said.
"Thirty years ago, a country might have been able to look inward and find its own solutions. Today, countries are inter-dependent and inter-connected. No country can afford any longer to develop in isolation. Every country has to benchmark its activities to global standards, or else fall behind," he said.
Transformation is also required for internal reasons, he said. He further added that, “the younger generation is thinking and aspiring so differently that the government can no longer afford to remain rooted in the past.”
“Fundamental changes in administrative mindsets usually occur through sudden shocks or crisis”, PM Modi said. With a stable democratic polity in India, special efforts will have to be made to force transformative changes, he added.
"As individuals, we may absorb new ideas by reading books or articles. Books open the windows of our minds. However, unless we brainstorm collectively, ideas remain confined to individual minds," he said.