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PM Modi’s advice to ministers

The newly appointed ministers under PM Modi got their first lesson on the Gujarat model of governance when they were advised by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions department of Personnel & Training to not appoint any relatives as personal staff. As per reports, the advisory, said to be the among the first documents signed by Mr Modi after he assumed charge as PM, outlines rules that will have to be followed in the appointment of personal staff attached to ministers. The most important operative part of the order stated that ministers will henceforth appoint secretaries and other personal staff only from the general pool. It is probably for the first time that ministers are being prodded by their PM to keep their relatives away from official work. Modi asked his cabinet colleagues to take their Ministers of State into confidence and give them adequate work. The PM also asked Cabinet colleagues to be sensitive in dealing with issues raised by states and to be prompt in replying to them. Stressing on good governance as being the cornerstone of his government PM Modi asked his ministers to frame priority areas to be addressed within the working of the government in its first 100 days of office. The PM also declared that he would meet one-on-one with all of them and their secretaries, in the coming days. The PM stressed on competent overall governance, delivery systems and implementation of programmes. PM Modi, who has been busy establishing ground rules and work processes for his government ever since joining office on May 27th 2014, has told his ministers that there will be no renaming of projects begun by the previous regime. Mr Modi asked his ministers to list a 10-point priority agenda of issues that they will be taking up in their first 100 days in office. The PM has told his ministers to focus on work content and delivery than spending time renaming running...

PM Modi eradicates all ministerial groups

PM Modi has done away with all ministerial groups of 30 EGoMS and GoMs in a major move to empower the ministries and departments. This unique move by the new PM of India to dismantle a legacy of the UPA government on May 31, 2014 directed the ministries and departments to take up decisions on pending matters on their own. The PMO announced the decision to scrap nine empowered groups of ministers and 21 groups of ministers was to expedite the process of decision making and usher in greater accountability within the system. The ministries and departments will now process the issues pending before EGoMs and GoMs and take appropriate decisions at the level of ministries and departments itself. PMO also announced that upon the ministries facing difficulties, the Cabinet secretariat and the Prime Minister’s Office would facilitate the decision-making process. This is in sharp contrast to the process prevailing in the 10 years rule of the UPA where EGoMs had the power to take decisions on the line of the Union Cabinet. The recommendations of the GoMs were placed before the Cabinet for a final...

China PM Li Keqiang next on PM Modi’s agenda

Mr Modi after having met all the SAARC leaders on his first day in office has now turned his attention towards China. He has added that China had always been a priority in India’s foreign policy. He added that he would welcome greater economic engagement between China and India in the recent future. PM Modi has extended through Chinese Premier Li Keqiang an invitation to President Xi Jinping to pay a visit to India later this year. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 29 to express his government’s desire to establish a “robust partnership” with India. Mr Modi also expressed “keenness” to work closely with China on all “outstanding issues”. Li is the first foreign leader to call up Mr Modi after he was sworn in. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi is expected at Delhi on June 8. Mr Modi and Li spoke through interpreters for about 25 minutes. The Chinese leader also congratulated Mr Modi for his fabulous victory in the recently concluded LS elections while conveying the Chinese government’s desire to establish robust partnership with the new government of India for furthering the relationship between the two nations. Mr Modi welcomed greater economic engagement between the two countries. He underlined his government’s resolve to deal with any outstanding issues in bilateral relations for long-term benefits to the people. The two leaders agreed to keep up frequent high-level exchanges and communication. Mr Modi also thanked Li for his earlier message of felicitation. China had formally greeted Mr Modi by sending a special message through Indian Ambassador to Beijing Ashok K Kantha. Mr Modi and Xi will have an opportunity to meet during the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa summit to be held in Brazil in...

Mr Modi quits Vadodara to retain Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has quit his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat despite winning with from there with near record margin of 5.7 lakh votes. On Thursday, May 29, 2014 it was declared that Mr Modi had vacated Vadodara constituency while retaining Varanasi. Modi’s winning margin from Vadodara of over 5.70 lakh votes was the highest margin in the 2014 polls. While resigning from his Vadodara LS seat Mr Modi thanked the people of Vadodara for their overwhelming affection which had got him elected by a historic margin. He also added that he was looking forward to serving the people of Varanasi while working for its development and an opportunity to serve Ganga Maa. BJP’s parliamentary board would decide upon the possible candidates to be fielded from Vadodara. Samarjitsinh Gaekwad, Balu Shukla and Amit Shah were some of the probables on the list. It was however an accepted fact that the party workers would find it difficult to repeat their feat for any new candidate. BJP president Bharat Dangar however said that the same endevor would be put in despite BJP’s new entrant from Vadodara. At his rally in the city after winning the seat Modi had thanked voters for sending him to Delhi hinting his plan of leaving the seat. Mr Modi’s election-in-charge Bhupendra Lakhawala reiterated that whoever the candidate party workers will do their best to ensure a big win for BJP. Mr Modi who needed to relinquish at least one seat within two weeks of the results submitted his resignation from Vadodara in the office of the Lok Sabha...

PM Modi moves to official residence

PM Narendra Modi has moved in to his official residence in Race Course Road in New Delhi. Mr Modi has earmarked 5, Race Course Road, as his official residence. Mr Modi had been camping at the Gujarat Bhawan which is about a kilo metre away ever since the announcement of the LS election results. The PM’s official residence which had been 7, Race Course Road for Dr Singh had been vacated by him on May 26th itself when Mr Modi was sworn in as the 15th PM of India. Mr Singh had used 5, Race Course Road as his office. The Prime Minister’s official residence is spread over five bungalows – 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, Race Course Road which lies in the heart of...

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