PM asks all NDA ministers to have their ear to the ground
In a move aimed at propagating the achievements of NDA government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all his Cabinet ministers to visit two Lok Sabha constituencies each between January 1 to 31. All the ministers, both Cabinet and minister of state (MoS), have been asked to stay for 24 hours in both the selected constituencies and interact with the locals and farmers.
All the ministers have been directed not to select Lok Sabha constituencies of the state from where they belong to or elected from. “The objective behind sending ministers to different states is just to take feedback of general public about the different populist schemes of the NDA government. When a minister hailing from Bihar, spends 24 hours in a Lok Sabha constituency of Karnataka, he will get unbiased feedback about government’s schemes,” said a senior BJP leader, on the condition of anonymity.
Most of the ministers are ready with their visit plans, while a few have not yet identified their constituencies. Some of the ministers, who are ready for the new assignment, are MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and MoS Sanjeev Baliyan, MoS for HRD Upendra Kushwaha, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Ram Kripal Yadav, and others.
Kalraj Mishra will be visiting Darjeeling and Coimbatore, the two Lok Sabha constituencies, to get the feedback from the residents of these areas on the different people-centric schemes of the Modi government. Mishra has also planned to address a function of MSME in Coimbatore in the first week of January.
The Telecom Minister has also finalised the Lok Sabha seats to be visited by him as part of new assignment. Prasad will be visiting two seats in North East areas, one seat likely to of Arunachal Pradesh, while Harsh Vardhan has selected Mysore and Saharanpur.
Agriculture Minister Singh will be visiting Moradabad and Aligarh, while his junior counterpart Baliyan has identified two Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. Kushawah has selected one seat in Jharkhand, while other is UP’s Chandauli and Ram Kripal Yadav will be visiting Deoria and Kushinagar. The process to finalise constituencies to be visited by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar is still on.