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Self-certification in various activities most important reform: Modi

23Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that in his opinion, self-certification in various activities is the most important improvement that his government has brought in the country, adding that trusting citizens is the ‘essence’ of the reform brought about in the nation.
“I believe that a human being is inherently good and he or she has to be given full freedom to make choices. This is the foundation of our steps which we have taken towards easing the regulatory environment in India. The most important reform for me so far is to allow self-certification in various activities. From students to entrepreneurs, we have allowed self-certification of documents and processes,” the Prime Minister said, at the release of the book ‘Red Tape to Red Carpet… And Then Some’, written by Hancock Prospecting Group chairperson Gina Rinehart in the national capital.
“For misdeeds of a small number, we can’t punish all the stakeholders. So, trusting the citizens including the corporate citizens is the essence of our reforms. This is the basis of our efforts towards transition from ‘red tape’ to ‘red carpet’. The industry of ‘red tape’ thrives on doubt. The road with ‘red carpet’ is built on trust. I am thankful to Rinehart for highlighting the direction of our journey,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi further said that the issues related to public administration will end if the mindset of politicians and bureaucrats is changed.
“This book reminds me one of my old statements. I have been saying that the problems of public administration will end if politicians learn how to say ‘no’ and if bureaucrats know how to say ‘yes’. This is the reason that we have devoted maximum energy on changing the mindset,” he said.
Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and former Australian prime minister Paul Keating were also present on the occasion. (ANI)