PM to draw 5-yr plan with his coun­cil to­day

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Manan Ku­mar manan.ku­[email protected]­

New Delhi: After an ex­ten­sive in­ter­ac­tion with sec­re­taries from all Union min­istries, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is set to con­vene the first meet­ing of his new coun­cil of 57 ministers on Wed­nes­day. At the meet­ing, he is ex­pected to out­line the roadmap of his gov­ern­ment for the next five years.

Sources in the loop said PM Modi is ex­pected to di­late upon the high­lights of his in­ter­ac­tion with the sec­re­taries on Mon­day on pos­si­ble prob­lem ar­eas the gov­ern­ment faces and ways to over­come them.

Mon­day’s key take­aways were: to pri­ori­tise ease of liv­ing, alle­vi­ate poverty, chalk a roadmap to make In­dia a $5 tril­lion econ­omy and give im­por­tance to as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts.

The PM is also ex­pected to un­der­line the role of Ministers of State in run­ning the min­istries and seek the Cab­i­net ministers’ con­sent in giv­ing their deputies ad­e­quate re­spon­si­bil­i­ties — some­thing that had emerged as a sore point dur­ing the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance’s first term.

Be­fore the meet­ing of the coun­cil of ministers, the Union Cab­i­net will also meet on Wed­nes­day.

With NDA-II’S Par­lia­ment

session be­gin­ning next week, the Ministers of State will have a key role to play, since in most min­istries they are re­spon­si­ble for han­dling par­lia­men­tary ques­tions tabled on the floor of the House.

Con­sid­er­ing that the PM had tasked the ministers with fur­nish­ing an action plan for their re­spec­tive min­istries for the first 100 days, he is ex­pected to ask them about the mile­stones that they have kept in mind and how they in­tend to achieve them.

The PM is also ex­pected to in­quire about the two im­por­tant agen­das that were dis­cussed dur­ing his in­ter­ac­tion with the sec­re­taries.

One is com­ing up with a five-year plan doc­u­ment for each min­istry, with well-de­fined tar­gets and mile­stones. The other is mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant and im­pact­ful de­ci­sion in each min­istry, for which ap­provals will be taken within 100 days.

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