Modi abolishes all ministerial groups
In a bid to dismantle the culture of rest over ‘pending files and projects’ from the UPA regime, prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday abolished all 21 Group of Ministers (GoMs) and nine Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoMs) to expedite the nation’s development.
It came to Modi’s notice that due to these GoMs and EGoMs, several files on developmental projects and policies were gathering dust as the process for final approval became a painstakingly lengthy one. ‘Our prime minister found it absurd and abolished the groups and told his cabinet ministers to take immediate decisions on pending matters,’ a government source said.
A statement issued by the PMO reads: ‘This would expedite the process of decision making and usher in greater accountability in the system. The ministries and departments will now process the issues pending before the EGoMs and GoMs and take appropriate decisions at the level of ministries and departments.’
The PMO statement reads, ‘Where ever the ministries face any difficulties, the cabinet secretariat and the prime minister’s office will facilitate the decision making process.’
The statement announcing the abolition of EGoMS and GoMs termed it as ‘major move’ to empower the ministries and departments.
Former defence minister AK Antony was heading most of the EGoMs. The panels were formed to take decisions on issues like corruption, interstate water disputes, administrative reforms and gas and telecom pricing. 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 call.