Modi sets priorities and 100-day agenda

New Delhi :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not only defined the dos and don’ts for his ministerial colleagues but has also issued guidelines and priorities for his ministers. He has accordingly asked them to come out with a timetable on what their ministries can achieve in the first 100 days of the new government.

Modi’s topmost priority is to build confidence in bureaucracy as he knows that the government’s success or failure depends on how it delivers. From this stems his second priority, which is to give freedom of work to the bureaucrats and welcome innovative ideas from them.

Briefing reporters after the second meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Modi, the minister for parliamentary affairs M Venkaiah Naidu said that whereas the key agenda for the government would be good governance, its focus would be on education, health, water, energy and roads sector. Agriculture and Manufacturing have been left out of this exercise for some inexplicable reason.

Leaning on his experience as Gujarat chief minister, Modi has also impressed upon his ministers the importance of taking all the states along in the development process.

In so far as the individual ministries are concerned, the Prime Minister has given guidelines so that all ministers have their own priority timetable for the first 100 days. “Overall governance, efficiency and delivery system are our priorities and the focus is also on the economy and infrastructure development,” said Naidu.

According to Naidu, the key points in the guidelines are: Better inter-ministerial coordination, restoring the confidence of bureaucrats, innovative ideas, transparency in government, promoting  E-auction in government related work,  stability and sustainability in policy, time bound policy implementation, putting people oriented systems in place, and using technology and social media to maximise public interaction.

Modi will hold ministry-wise separate meetings with ministers and secretaries to discuss all important issues they are required to tackle on priority footing.

Modi has also asked ministers to resolve all pending issues urgently and take into confidence all Ministers of State by giving them proper work.

The PM’s mandate to the ministers was quite clear: Proposals from the state governments would be given importance as he wants “quick ministerial response” in such matters. He does not want any state to complain that the Centre is sitting on their demands.

Modi’s principal secretary Nripendra Misra (69) had said in an interview to a daily on Wednesday that policy priorities will “necessarily have to be implemented in a time-bound manner” to overcome delays. “The entire machinery will be geared up to fulfill the mandate of the new leader,” he said.

LAYING THE GROUND RULES

  • Better inter-ministerial coordination
  • Restoring the confidence of bureaucrats
  • Innovative ideas
  • Transparency in government
  • Promoting E-auction in government related work
  • Stability and sustainability in policy
  • Time bound policy implementation
  • Putting people oriented systems in place
  • Using technology and social media to maximise public interaction

Anil Sharma

Free Press Journal

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