Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jitendra Singh said the award is meant to accord and acknowledge, besides giving recognition and respect to the employees of the level of Under Secretary and below who toil day and night for the Ministry but whose work often goes unnoticed and unacknowledged.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the DoPT being the nodal Ministry responsible for experimenting, evolving and developing new concepts to improve the personnel management and performance, it is part of its agenda to constantly recommend best practices in governance. The concept of non monetary award of the month for an employee of the level of Under Secretary or below will, therefore, set an example for other Ministries and Departments also to follow, he added.
Referring to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modis emphasis on good governance, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the employees at the lowest rung of administration are the key to good governance. And even though they may not be the visible face of the Ministry, it is actually their hard work and diligence which adds glory to the face of the Ministry presented by the senior-most officials and the Minister himself. By felicitating junior colleagues, therefore, he was in fact felicitating his own self, he observed.
The DoPT employees felicitated by the Minister included Office Assistants Shri Ankur Agarwal and Shri Prateek Malhotra, Section Officers Shri Ashish Chatterjee, Shri R.K. Nagpal and Shri S.K. Mishra, Under Secretaries Shri M.P. Rama Rao, Shri S.S. Shukla, Shri Debabrata Das and Shri Anil Tripathi.