A week after taking charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a meeting of the entire Council of Ministers at his residence. Lasting for about three hours, it was described as an introductory meeting by those who attended it.
“It was an introductory meeting for each one of us to familiarise with the others. While Cabinet ministers will get to meet more regularly during the Cabinet meetings, this was a meeting for all others to sit together and familiarise with each other,” said a minister while steering clear of divulging details of the PM’s remarks during the meeting.
The meeting comes ahead of House session that begins on Wednesday where Lok Sabha members will take oath and President Pranab Mukherjee with address the joint session of Parliament.
The meeting was also part of the PM’s exercise to meet ministers and secretaries.
Union Home minister Rajnath Singh also held a meeting on Monday with chiefs of central security agencies and paramilitary forces and asked them to prepare a road map for strengthening internal security. In the meeting, which lasted for 40 minutes, he made it clear that while developing the road map, security agencies should also keep in mind the development aspect. He was referring to several key projects which are on hold due to security clearances. The meeting was attended by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau chief Asif Ibrahim and head of Research and Analysis Wing Alok Joshi, NIA DG Sharad Kumar, besides heads of paramilitary forces.