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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.

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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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)