Still at Dis­cus­sion Stage

The Economic Times - - Pure Pol­i­tics -

Power and re­new­ables could also be merged into pe­tro­leum and nat­u­ral gas.

The pos­si­bil­ity of hiv­ing off in­ter­nal se­cu­rity from min­istry of home af­fairs is also be­ing ex­am­ined. In­ter­est­ingly, this is some­thing P Chi­dambaram had pro­posed in De­cem­ber 2009 when he talked about re­struc­tur­ing the home min­istry and set­ting up of Na­tional Counter Ter­ror­ism Cen­tre (NCTC). The pos­si­ble re­shap­ing of the home min­istry is be­lieved to have come up in Modi’s dis­cus­sions with for­mer IB chief AK Do­val – the fron­trun­ner to the post of NSA – and home sec­re­tary Anil Goswami on Mon­day.

The feasibility of bring­ing in­ter­nal se­cu­rity un­der the PMO was dis­cussed.

“If in­ter­nal se­cu­rity that in­cludes IB, anti-naxal and ter­ror op­er­a­tions, Jammu and Kash­mir and po­lice mod­erni­sa­tion come un­der one um­brella of PMO, it will en­sure bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion and ac­tion,” a se­nior se­cu­rity ex­pert told ET. Other agen­cies like R&AW and NTRO al­ready re­port to the Cab­i­net Sec­re­tar­iat which comes un­der the PMO.

An­other op­tion that was dis­cussed was cre­at­ing a sep­a­rate sec­tion within the home min­istry and putting a MoS in charge of it, a role which the late Ra­jesh Pi­lot played in Narasimha Rao’s govern­ment.

Modi is also said to be keen to seek help from tech­nocrats. Sources said that while Modi is not in favour of a for­mal ad­vi­sory coun­cil, but may consult spe­cial­ists on var­i­ous ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly in­fra­struc­ture. “Ex­perts from di­verse fields have been iden­ti­fied and a small data bank pre­pared to be used when the need arises,” ex­plained a se­nior BJP leader. All ex­perts and bu­reau­crats ET spoke to said all this was still at the dis­cus­sion stage. “You never know what will ac­tu­ally be de­cided,” said a se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cial. In­dus­try lead­ers strongly sup­ported the idea of a smaller min­is­te­rial coun­cil. “Too many ministries means too much co­or­di­na­tion needed. It’s a known fact that many ministries were cre­ated to ac­com­mo­date many al­lies. With the kind of man­date that BJP has got, the po­ten­tial for con­sol­i­da­tion is there and it will be a big pos­i­tive across the board,” said Ajay Shri­ram, pres­i­dent of CII. “From the lit­tle that one knows of the PM des­ig­nate, his de­ci­sion-mak­ing style and his abil­ity to de­cide what he wants to do, there is enough time till May 26 to take a de­ci­sion on con­sol­i­dat­ing some ministries for bet­ter con­trol, co-or­di­na­tion and gov­er­nance,” Shri­ram added. As­socham pres­i­dent Rana Kapoor, called for a clus­ter­based ap­proach to govern­ment for­ma­tion.

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