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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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Narendra Modi Accuses Congress of Aiding Those Who Want to Weaken Army

Again, the Prime Minister said "some people" felt ashamed of shouting "Bharat Mata ki Jai"

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of aiding those who he said want to weaken the Indian Army and raising questions over the government and even the Supreme Court over Rafale fighter jets.

“Today, there are two camps in the country. One is the government that is trying to strengthen our Army. The other wants to weaken our Army at any cost,” Modi said, flagging off the 900th coach of Modern Rail Factory and a Humsafar Rake in Rae Bareli, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

“The country has been witnessing that the Congress stands by those powers who don’t want our armed forces to be strengthened,” he added, in an obvious reference to Sonia Gandhi’s son and Congress President Rahul Gandhi who has been accusing corruption in the Rafale jet deal with France.

The Prime Minister said the country was watching “such people” who he added were “getting support of countries pitted against India”.

“What is the reason that people in Pakistan clap when some of our leaders speak?”

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

The Prime Minister pointedly accused the Congress of raising questions over the dignity of the Defence Ministry, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Air Force, France and the Supreme Court over the purchase of Rafale jet aircraft.

“Some people only accept lies and speak lies. For them the country’s Defence Ministry, Defence Minster and Air Force officers are liars. The French government is also a liar. Now, the country’s Supreme Court is also a liar for them.

“But truth does not need ‘shringaar’ and lies will always die. The country will never forgive the Congress over its attitude towards the Army.”

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Again, the Prime Minister said “some people” felt ashamed of shouting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

“What kind of people are they who do not care about the country? I know that they want to abuse Modi. They want to frame Modi for corruption. But I want to know why they have put the country’s pride at stake for this? Why is national security being put on stake?” (IANS)