Bureaucrats, people's representatives should work in tandem: Rajeev Kumar, IAS

Kottayam: Bureaucrats and politicians need to cooperate with each for the benefit of the society, noted Sub-Collector of Kottayam District Rajeev Kumar Choudhary, IAS, while interacting with the students of Mount Carmel Vidyanikethan School at Kanjikuzhi as part of the ‘Dream Big’ civil service discussion jointly organised by Manorama Yearbook and Manorama Horizon.

It was imperative that bureaucracy and elected representatives work hand in hand in executive matters. People elect leaders by casting their votes. Popular appeal and experience are the qualities that motivate the leaders, Choudhary said.

He added that the execution of tasks and projects becomes easier when the bureaucrats and the elected representatives work for the welfare of the society by staying within the legal mandates.

Choudhary also said that it is the responsibility of a civil servant to foresee natural calamities like floods and make the necessary arrangements. He noted that oxygen availability was ensured in Kottayam district during the pandemic times through such planning.

To a question why lots of students choose foreign universities for higher studies, Rajeev Kumar said that it was alright to make use of amazing opportunities. He added even though he was born in a hamlet in Rajasthan and studied in a government school that didn’t stop him from becoming an IAS officer.

Manorama Yearbook editor in charge Thomas Dominic, Manorama Horizon business head Dr Rajeev Ramachandran, Mount Carmel Vidyanikethan School Principal Smitha James and Jitha George spoke at the event.

Around 400 students took part in the interactive session.  

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