New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now have monthly review of execution of important schemes undertaken by various ministries.
During Wednesday’s meeting with ministers, Modi took stock of implementation of Cabinet decisions and public schemes and stressed that timelines should be followed to ensure there are no delays in either seeking approval or clearing bureaucratic bottlenecks.
Government sources said discussions were held on Namami Gange which is national mission for cleaning Ganga.
Modi also sought to know from the agriculture and food and civil supplies ministries on progress made for revival of three fertiliser plants, setting up of an agriculture university in Bihar and soft loans to cash-starved sugar mills.
He reportedly instructed food and civil supplies ministry to plan ahead to avoid pulses crisis as was witnessed last year where Tur Dal prices soared to Rs 200 per kg.
Government sources said that the prime minister is keen to meet his colleagues in batches every month. The audit exercise will offer him leads to build perception on individual minister’s performance ahead of Cabinet reshuffle which is expected soon after the Budget Session in late March.
Earlier in the day, Modi chaired his ninth interaction through PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) — the multi-modal review platform.
“Taking strong exception of complaints and grievances from people, related to the customs and excise sector, the prime minister asked for strict action against responsible officials,” the PMO said in a release. He urged all secretaries whose departments have extensive public dealing, to set up a system for top-level monitoring of grievances immediately.
Among the significant projects reviewed were the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and the Jal Marg Vikas Project from Allahabad to Haldia. He also reviewed the progress of the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana and implementation of the National Old Age Pension Scheme.
The cabinet secretary also made a presentation on the works of each of ministries like Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Civil Supplies, Water Resources and Fertilisers. The idea was that the five ministries should know the works done by each other.
The presentation on fFertiliser Ministry included reviving fertiliser plants, including the one in Gorakhpur. In the presentation on Agriculture Ministry, emphasis was laid on the prime minister’s scheme for irrigation.