If you genuinely want to help someone, you will find out a way. Helping people gets a lot more easier when you are an IAS officer. A bureaucrat from Uttar Pradesh is making his presence felt where ever he gets posted. People have started calling him Dynamic DM (District Magistrate). From Good Governance to Model Gaon, journalist Anurag Sason has an in-depth conversation with IAS officer Dr Heera Lal.
Here are important excerpts from the exclusive interview: (Scroll down to watch the complete interview in Hindi/पूरा इंटरव्यू हिंदी में देखने के लिए नीचे स्क्रॉल करें)
Q1) Tell us about your upcoming book Dynamic DM.
Dr Heera Lal: This book tells about how a DM has done good work with the help of people. With the help of locals, we increased water level, crop productivity, and increased voting in Lok Sabha Polls 2019 by 10.5 percent. So this book tells about all these and many more development activities.
Q2) Model Gaon is another project on which you are rigorously working. Tell us more about it.
Dr Heera Lal: The concept of Model Gaon started from Banda, Uttar Pradesh, where I was a DM. In Banda, most of the people were dependent on agriculture so I solved the water crisis. With the help of locals, we increased the water level to 1m 23cm. This in turn increased crop productivity.
I also organised different programs for students. I took steps to bring reforms in jails. All this helped in the development of the villages.
The biggest development of the Model Gaon project is, no one opposed it. Everyone praised it.
Q3) PM Narendra Modi praised you for increasing the voting percentage during Lok Sabha Elections 2019. How to did that?
Dr Heera Lal: I tried to turn the election into a festival. I tried to make people aware of their voting rights. We ran different campaigns, activities and hence as a result succeeded in increasing the voting percentage by 10.5.
Q4) Allegations of corruption and red-tapism are common in bureaucracy. How we can improve it?
Dr Heera Lal: For this, we have to change our mindset. Government servants should work as “servants” of the people. But for this, hard work and good intentions are required.
Q5) Have you ever thought of joining politics?
Dr Heera Lal: For helping people you need not to join politics. There are many ways by which we can help people. What is required is the willingness to help.
I believe in doing things differently.
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About the author: Anurag Sason is an Indian journalist with experience in mainstream journalism. He has worked in newspaper, news agency, TV, news app (short video sharing app) and digital media. He tweets at @AnuragSason
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