New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told young officers of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) that they should make the most of their first 10 years at work. Modi was addressing IAS officers of the 2013 batch.

“You should have an understanding that you don’t have more than 10 years in hand. Whatever new you want to do, whatever new you want to learn, whatever experimentation you want to do you have 10 years, after that its only you, your files and nothing else... You should make the maximum of these 10 years, make this the foundation of the next 20-25 years so you can contribute," Modi told the officers.

The batch has completed a three-month stint with the Union government as assistant secretaries. This is the first batch of IAS officers to begin their careers with a stint in the central government.

They are being groomed by principal mentors at the level of secretary and divided into four clusters—infrastructure, social sector, regulatory, enabling or support sector and economic or commerce-related—as assigned by the cabinet secretary. Apart from the desk work, the officers have been visiting attached offices, apart from undertaking field visits.

“You are at that stage of your life right now where you should just sweat it out, sweat it out so much that people around you feel that this big officer himself works so much that he does not need to say anything to anyone else," he said adding that actions ‘must be in tune’ with the vision.

Modi’s address to the IAS officers comes at a time when IAS officers have shot off many letters to the department of personnel and training, apprehending that the seventh central pay commission may restore parity between different government services in terms of compensation and career progression.

PTI contributed to the story.