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NDA’s 15 months: PM takes stock of ministry work

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: While the NDA government perceives a slowdown, Prime Minister’s office has started to take stock of several ministries.

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They have been asked not just to present a 15-month report card but also to draw a parallel of their performance with the progress made by UPA-2 ministers during the first 15 months.

While the performance review was initiated a few days ago by PM Modi, several ministries have been asked to revert with revised presentations including specific details. Ministries have been directed that they should clearly flesh out targets for the remaining tenure of Modi government, with a realistic assessment of the deliverables; sources told so to leading news daily.

So, if a ministry is declaring a certain number of projects, it needs to clearly tell the PM how many would be operational by the time the next general elections come around a little less than four years from now.

Similarly, they also need to provide details of the benefits that would flow and manage at the ground level. For instance, a ministry funding plants or industrial parks needs to explain how many jobs the scheme would create or how many people it would benefit.

In line with the PM’s thinking on taking states along ministries, the latter has been asked to explain the involvement of states in implementing the scheme.

The presentations are being made by ministers of state in various ministries, which is meant to ensure that the senior minister allocates work to his or her junior, who is also expected to participate in the entire exercise.

Pleading anonymity, sources said the 15-month comparison is meant to address the concern that the government has not moved swiftly enough. They pointed out that towards the end of UPA-1’s tenure, there was a rush of decisions. And all of it was partly driven by the global financial crisis but things slowed down as the situation improved.

Factually, the markets started bouncing back from March 2010, resulting in a decision-making slowdown. By Summer-2010, UPA-2 was hit by a series of scandals, starting with the Commonwealth Games and then the 2G scam. As a result, policy paralysis began to creep in from August-September 2010.

 

With inputs from TOI

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Gokhale said that Modi's two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations
KP Sharma Oli, PM of Nepal, wikimedia commons

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.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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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.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)

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