PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with Secretaries postponed

Modi's meeting with Secretaries was billed as the first ever meeting between a Prime Minister and top bureaucrats.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2014 8:30 pm
modi-mm PM Narendra Modi was to meet 79 Secretaries of various departments and ministries this evening. ( Source: PTI )

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with top bureaucrats in various ministries on Tuesday was put off following the death of Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde.

Modi was to meet 79 Secretaries of various departments and ministries this evening to chalk out an action plan for his government for the next 100 days.

“The meeting has been called off. No new date has been intimated,” a source privy to the development said.

Munde died in a road accident here this morning.

Modi’s meeting with Secretaries was billed as the first ever meeting between a Prime Minister and top bureaucrats.

Official sources said the Prime Minister may list out his expectations and then ask Secretaries to detail their action plans.

The Cabinet Secretariat had earlier asked the Secretaries to prepare a 10-slide presentation for the Prime Minister listing success and failures of the past regime as well as points of action for the next five years.

Sources, however, said no presentation was planned for on Tuesday’s meeting and the Prime Minister was to have an interaction only with the Secretaries.

Besides clearing pending issues and decisions, the BJP government wants to accelerate economic growth by completing infrastructure projects in a time-bound manner, exploiting natural resources as well as increasing investment.

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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:06 am
    I have very little knowledge but many cousins in the army and had many uncles in the army. I suppose that qualifies me to speak up. I remember my mother knitting sweaters for the soldiers during the China war, saying another woman must be knitting for her brother in law, nephews etc. I think we must not forget our defence personnel during the debate.
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      Abhishek Kumar
      Jun 4, 2014 at 8:06 am
      I think we should include those who are soldiers or those whose family members are in the defence services. Should we allow our fighter pilots to drop from the sky like bags of potatoes till the debate ends in a few decades?
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        Abhishek Kumar
        Jun 4, 2014 at 8:05 am
        If a government decides on an important issue like 100% FDI in defence without any debate even before the full parliament is sworn in, based on the arrogance of absolute majority it is anything but good governance... the w country should be seriously concerned..
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          Abhishek Kumar
          Jun 4, 2014 at 8:06 am
          In India, gang raping an innocent girl is a way to show power over the powerless — and because you are powerful with your ability to torture, beat and rape an innocent, powerless girl, you are enled to do it, and many others do it all the time and because most of them always remain above the law, you are above the law too.
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            Abhishek Kumar
            Jun 4, 2014 at 8:06 am
            Just in six days, five gang rapes and murders of young, village girls happened only in one state of India. The news shocked us again to the core of our heart. They reminded us one more time that liberals’ candle light vigils, politicians fiery rhetoric, or even Indian court’s amended, harsher laws would do nothing to stop the relentless horror against women there.
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              Abhishek Kumar
              Jun 4, 2014 at 8:06 am
              Not that one rape is more barbaric than the other. Not that a New Delhi girl’s gang rape and murder that shocked the world in December, 2012 was any different from so many other rapes and tortures that happen in India — on a daily basis.
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                Abhishek Kumar
                Jun 4, 2014 at 8:06 am
                One should debate and debate, but to go on debating indefinitely while our soldiers have poor and outdated equipment is just a little bit unjust to our soldiers. True, they have vowed to lay down their lives for the country but in return the country owes them decent gear.
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                  Abhishek Kumar
                  Jun 4, 2014 at 8:06 am
                  Something is seriously wrong in India. No, don’t tell me it’s Hinduism or its caste system, and all that rubbish. I don’t have time for it. Why? Because last week, two village girls — cousins from the lower-caste Yadavs — were gang raped, murdered, and then hanged from a tree, by criminals from their own Yadav caste.
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                    Surendra Shrivastatva
                    Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
                    All over Delhi and other cities, people have occupied footpaths to run their various businesses and the police do not care because it gets regular incomes. A person who gets into the police has to mortgage his land in some village to bribe higher authorities. He must get enough income to redeem his land and am wealth to acquire property in the city. It is a vicious circle.
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                      Surendra Shrivastatva
                      Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
                      If a regular cricket ball is used someone may get badly hurt. But perhaps a tennis ball could be used. I have known people walking around who were injured by the regular ball while walking in the park. But arrangements for play grounds must be made. If the playground is far transport should be available.
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                        Surendra Shrivastatva
                        Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
                        It does not matter whether he is rich or poor, young or old, from the colony or an outsider. I do not know the situation in the park you spoke about. But the park adjacent to my home has all these issues and we have agreed that the park will be for elderly to walk around and about, and no plucking of flowers will be permitted.
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                          Surendra Shrivastatva
                          Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
                          The children should have a play ground, that's a given. But many of these parks are also used by elderly people to take their consutional. And youngsters playing cricket here pose a risk of some elderly person getting hit by the cricket ball, because the youngsters do like to hit 'sixes'. As for plucking flowers, no one should be allowed do that: pluck flowers from public parks.
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                            Surendra Shrivastatva
                            Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
                            This is dilemma or a conflict. Today I saw young students from cl X,XI, or XII entering the park where we walk with bats, wicket and ball wanting to play cricket. To my dismay, a long and heft man in his mid fifties asked these young boys to go away and imposed a sort of a ban on playing cricket in this park.
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                              Surendra Shrivastatva
                              Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
                              This phenomenon was witnessed in America when the people had acquired cars in the beginning of the last century but not the culture of car driving. It took a long time to discipline them. In India when a person has a car, costing him 5 to 7 lakhs of rupees, why should he care for a person of no means walking on foot?
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                                Surendra Shrivastatva
                                Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
                                Well off people belonging to higher middle cl often are seen behaving as if they are the moral authority of India. Similarly, they would stop poor from picking flowers but their counterparts from society would be tolerated. Question or dilemma is who owns these public parks? I wish friends take a stand on it.
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                                  Surendra Shrivastatva
                                  Jun 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
                                  What to say? Why should 'Hindus' consider fundamentalists as their role model in order to ert their ideny, whatever that may mean? Everybody should rather read 'What is Hinduism' written by Mahatma hi
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                                    Pradip Bhattacharya
                                    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm
                                    Modi machine is at work! Bad days have come for secretaries and good days for people!
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                                      Norman Coelho
                                      Jun 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm
                                      Prime Minister Modi meeting with Secretaries is a great move - This is good sign thatChange is emminent. A strong and vibrant India soon is on the horizon.These 79 secretaries must be accountable for their jobs and no one should be given any guarantees of life long employment - A weekly report from each of them is mandatory and their performance must be evaluated - just like executives in the private sector - The prime minister must also evaluate the effectiveness of these bureaucratic insutions like the IFS , IAS , IPS that churn out permanent Government beauracrats who have run india since independence irrespective of the polictical party at the Union , State or City Level.Bureaucrats who our qualified and have proven experience in their fields must be posted both in India and overseas - Their progress must be monitored weekly and they must make India Inc shine or loose their jobs - Let us borrow a page from other democracies and see why they succeed so rapidly without such insutions as the IAS or IFS
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