September 9, 2016

“Think out of the Box, Ideate and Innovate”

“Work Cross Functional, think beyond these four Ministries and imbibe best practices, novel innovations and ideas so as to perform to the best of your potential.” These were the inspiring words of Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines during the Ministerial review meeting of senior officers of the Ministries of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines held here today.

The Minister, noting the key role of team spirit, coordination and determination in achieving success, said that success comes from the right balance, cohesiveness and unity in the team. Accepting failure is equally important as success as it is the torch bearer for improvement and a stepping stone for future success.

Having a motivational interaction with the officers during the event, cricketer Yuvraj Singh stressed on the importance of fighting failure and difficult times head on and bouncing back twice as strong in life. He further added that no target is bigger than the will to achieve it. Playing as a united team and motivating each member to perform to the best is the key to success. He added that criticism is critical in shaping the future course in life. “Criticism can put you down, but teaches you to explore yourself and improve”, said Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj, answering a question on individual success versus team success, noted that when you perform well but still the team loses, there may be a momentary feeling of achievement. In the broader picture, it is only the success of the team that gives you a sustained sense of achievement. He thus motivated the officers to work as a cohesive team and work for the development and growth of society at large.

Shri Piyush Goyal, congratulating Yuvraj Singh on his fighting spirit and his contribution towards fighting cancer in the society, requested him to scale up the functions of his charity foundation ‘YouWeCa’, in coordination with Government efforts, and help those who do not have the resources to fight the dreadful disease, on a larger scale.

During the day, there were presentations by the Secretaries of the Ministries on the detailed action plans of their Ministries for the near future. There were also presentations by senior officers on important subjects like UDAY, Mobile Apps (GARV, URJA, TARANG, UJALA, VIDYUT PRAVAH, DEEP, URJA MITRA, URJA NET PLATFORM), Rural Electrification, Waste Water Management, Coal Import Substitution, Use of Technology to prevent Coal Theft, Rooftop Solar Energy Solutions, Electric Vehicles, inter alia.

The presentations by the Secretaries touched upon guiding principles on which their Ministries are functioning. These included active stakeholder participation, use of technology to improve transparency, accountability & governance, skill enhancement and job creation, energy efficiency, real time performance evaluation of the schemes at ground level through third party and incorporating competitive ethos on inter sector, inter ministry and interstate levels so as to achieve the larger interest of the nation.

During the fruitful brainstorming sessions, valuable inputs and innovative suggestions came in from the officers present about improving the functioning of the schemes & programmes of the Ministries in particular, and bringing about institutional, behavioural and procedural reforms in the Power, Coal, Mining and Renewable Energy sectors.

In his concluding remarks, Shri Goyal motivated the officers to become the agents of change and work whole heartedly keeping National interest in mind. The minister said ” Shun Status Quoism and be a Game Changer”, while asking the officers to overcome historical challenges plaguing our system. He expressed immense confidence in the ability of his team in serving the people of India to the best of each one’s capability.

The distinguished gathering during the whole day’s event included the Secretaries and over 300 senior officers above Director level of the Ministries of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines. Also present were CMDs of various public sector undertakings under the four Ministries and officers of the field offices of the PSUs participating through video conferencing mode.

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