Think before acting: Mor’s mantra to Odisha Mins and officers

Bhubaneswar: Member of the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Nachiket Mor today suggested Odisha’s young ministers and bureaucrats to think before acting on any project.

“Nothing will change unless you have some ideas. Learn from the failures and move forward. Only action and no thinking cannot be the answer,” Mor told the audience, while addressing the Odisha Knowledge Hub (OKH) lecture series here.

Noting that thinking was very important for ideas, the noted banker said only working hard would not bring success.

“One has to think over ideas and implement them with mission mode in order to get success. You have to work out in advance on how to implement things,” he said.

Besides about half-a-dozen ministers, Mor spoke to IAS officers including Chief Secretary A P Padhi, OAS officers and district collectors.

The district collectors participated in the OKH lecture through video conferencing.

“I had to reply very good questions from the assembled audience. Even the district collectors sitting in remote areas were involved and asked very practical questions,” Mor told reporters after delivering the lecture.

The first lecture of the series delivered by Mor mostly focused on financial and health service transformations in India.

Sharing of new ideas helps in initiation of innovative practices and Odisha has been a forerunner in this field, Mor said.

He also focused on the national and international scenarios on financial inclusion and health service delivery.

Talking to reporters after the lecturer, Chief Secretary Padhi said “The objective of the lecture series is to bring outside expert input to the government system. Such lectures will be organised at regular intervals. New inputs from outside will be customised as per Odisha’s context to enhance performance level and service delivery in the coming years.”

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan said lessons about new ideas and best practices can be gathered from various quarters and the present initiative has been started with this objective.

Themes and Subject matters for such lectures would be selected as per priorities of the state government, he said.

The initiative was taken by the state planning and coordination department.

OKH would provide a platform to facilitate knowledge sharing among multi-stake holders and to capture the best practices for strengthening the good governance in Odisha, Balakrishnan added.