New Delhi,9 May:The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, while addressing the IAS probationers of the 2007 batch who called on her at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, said that they should administer with a humane touch and implement schemes in their true spirit. The President said that as the heads of their districts in the early phase of their career, they should not only make use of the law and the power at their disposal but also deal with the people with a humane touch.
Describing the officers as ‘blessed ones’, as they had had the benefit of good education and now being selected for this elite service, the President said they should use their education and training for the betterment of the people and to be their friend, philosopher and guide. Referring to India’s rapid development with an average GDP growth rate of 9 percent, Smt. Patil emphasized on the requirement of an inclusive growth and emphasis on the importance of education in a "knowledge economy".
The President also speaking about the social evils in society such as child marriage, female foeticide and dowry, urged the young officers to play an active role in implementation of laws and schemes so that such evils would slowly disappear. Smt. 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.