Modi to Club Depts: Gu­jarat Of­fi­cials

It’s not ‘de­feat’ that wor­ries Congress, but the ques­tion mark over the abil­ity of Nehru-Gandhi fam­ily to lead

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

In the first of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion of re­ports that PM-des­ig­nate Naren­dra Modi is work­ing on con­flat­ing re­lated min­istries, Gu­jarat govern­ment of­fi­cials said he is mak­ing a “good be­gin­ning” by as­sem­bling these de­part­ments into “or­ganic min­istries”. ET had re­ported in its May 21 edi­tion that Modi may com­bine re­lated de­part­ments to form su­per min­istries In a press state­ment is­sued by Gu­jarat Bhawan, of­fi­cials claimed Modi has made a dent in for­ma­tion of min­istries by fol­low­ing his pro­fessed prin­ci­ple of min­i­mum govern­ment and max­i­mum gov­er­nance. This would ra­tio­nalise gov­er­nance and al­ter the work cul­ture, the state­ment said. “It is a good be­gin­ning in trans­form­ing en­tity of as­sem­bled min­istries to Or­ganic Min­istries. It will bring more co­or­di­na­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent de­part­ments,” Nilesh Shukla, a Gu­jarat govern­ment of­fi­cial said. Con­firm­ing the club­bing of min­istries, the state­ment said, “the fo­cus is on con­ver­gence in the ac­tiv­i­ties of var­i­ous min­istries where one Cab­i­net min­is­ter will be head­ing a clus­ter of min­istries who are work­ing in com­pli­men­tary sec­tors.” Of­fi­cials claimed that through this Modi is aim­ing at smart gov­er­nance where the top lay­ers of dis­pen­sa­tion will be down­sized and there would be ex­pan­sion at the grass root level. He has re­port­edly spent the last four of his stay in the cap­i­tal on fi­nal­is­ing this blue­print. The move is aimed at end­ing the “po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity and multi-party gov­ern­ments” that ex­isted ear­lier.

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