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

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.

Photo credit: ibnlive.com
Photo credit: ibnlive.com

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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