Modi gives ministers just 100 days to deliver
‘The prime minister issued guidelines to the ministers in the cabinet meeting. He asked them to set a timetable for the first 100 days listing priorities,’ said parliamentary affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
These directives were given by Modi at a cabinet meeting in the context of his 10-point vision which includes increasing investment, completing infrastructure projects in time-bound manner and exploiting the natural resources to the country’s benefit. To send out a similar message across the country, Modi is likely to address the nation, possibly after the brief Parliament session that would be convened from 4 to 11 June.
Modi emphasised that the ‘most important’ aspects that need to be focussed on are efficient governance, delivery and implementation of schemes and programmes, Naidu said while briefing the media on the meeting. While focussing on these aspects, the government will take forward on priority basis the issues pending from the previous government.
Modi asked cabinet ministers to take ministers of state along and give them ‘proper’ work so that they feel involved. The prime minister has outlined the ‘roadmap’ and asked ministers to set the agenda of 100 days, Naidu said, adding efforts would be made to implement it. Modi told his cabinet colleagues, at the second meeting in two days, that he would be regularly meeting them as also their secretaries individually, Naidu said.
Naidu said that like price rise, agriculture and women security, will naturally be priority as these are the focus areas of the BJP-led government. ‘Expectations of people are high. Different sections have different priorities. Every section is important,’ he said. On Modi’s thrust on giving priority to issues raised by states, Naidu said this was in keeping with the ‘true spirit of federalism.’