New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the department of posts to work towards improvement in service delivery, especially in payment of policy benefits, money orders and postal savings accounts. Chairing the fifth interaction through PRAGATI the multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, Modi expressed concern at the grievances relating to post offices.
“The prime minister also reviewed the progress of key infrastructure projects in the railway, road, power, telecommunication and agri-infrastructure sectors, spread over several states and urged speeding up of work for early completion of the projects,” an official release said.
Reviewing the scheme for provision of mobile services in left wing extremism affected areas, Modi asked the concerned states to accelerate implementation of the scheme. He also emphasized that mobile connectivity was extremely essential for the common man, particularly in backward areas. Modi was given a demonstration of the progress of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) scheme through live video-conferencing with three police stations in Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. He called for enhancing both the level of sophistication, and the speed of implementation of this scheme across the country.
Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.
“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.
Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.
There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.
There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.
Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.
“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.
After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.
Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.
He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”
According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.
Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.
Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.