One month in office: Narendra Modi government firm, decisive so far

Modi’s ministers seem to have decided to put their heads down for now to carry out his instructions.

Written by D K Singh | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2014 6:32 pm
Narendra Modi took oath as 15th Prime Minister of India on May 26. Narendra Modi took oath as 15th Prime Minister of India on May 26.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes one month in office on Thursday, there are clear signals of a marked shift from the previous UPA regime in terms of style of governance. Except the case of rail fare hike, which was partially rolled back on suburban journey due to pressures from poll-bound Maharashtra, the NDA government has been firm and decisive.

Modi started his stint in Delhi with a firm message to his BJP colleagues leaving children of party veterans and even heavyweights aged over 75 years out of his Council of Ministers. He will soon be accommodating the sepruagenarians in Raj Bhawans though. If some ministers like Jitendra Singh or V K Singh diverted focus from the main agenda of governance with their controversial remarks about Article 370 and the next Army Chief respectively, they were immediately reined in. If there was a legal hurdle in the appointment of Nripendra Mishra as his Principal Secretary, it was removed through an ordinance.

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The PM reconstituted the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet to include only himself and the Home Minister leaving the “concerned ministers” out. These measures have underlined the sharp contrast between Modi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh who had been found wanting in decisiveness due to dual power centres or otherwise.

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If people expected Modi to get overwhelmed by the popular mandate and shower bonanzas on them in the forthcoming Budget, the new PM has chosen to prescribe “bitter medicine” to rescue the economy. The LPG and kerosene subsidies are said to be next on the agenda. Concerns about the fiscal health due to such subsidies had been repeatedly discussed in the previous UPA dispensation, but there were only half-hearted attempts to address them.

Unlike the UPA regime in which some influential ministers loyal to 10, Janpath often managed to torpedo the PM’s agenda, Modi’s ministers seem to have decided to put their heads down for now to carry out his instructions.

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The PM also reached out to Secretaries to the government of India seeking their views and feedback and asking them to reach him on his personal email whenever needed. While many in the bureaucracy are not convinced by the PM’s instructions to his ministers not to have private secretaries who had served ministers of the UPA regime— the move, they say, have painted all private secretaries in the current regime as saffronites — nobody is protesting.

On the administrative front, Modi shelved the Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs) and GoMs to remove bottleneks in the decision-making process. The PM is set to further take measures that may not be very popular with a section of people, but Modi seems to be looking at long-term solutions. His campaign promise of “achhe din aane waale hain” was not set in any timeframe and Modi certainly does not seem to be looking at any temporary, short-term delivery mechanism.

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First Published on: June 26, 2014 1:12 am
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    Foolish
    Jun 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    Rahul hi was neither honest nor competent.Kejriwal was honest but incompetent. Modi is both honest and competentdians made the right choice by making Modi their leader. For the first time in my lifetime, I am proud of my leader.
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      KrishnaBhagawan
      Jun 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm
      Bengali or tamil is more international than hindi :)
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        Observer
        Jun 26, 2014 at 10:05 am
        Acche din has NO time frame. Amazing
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          anonymous
          Jun 26, 2014 at 6:38 am
          Awesome PM
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            Anand Babu
            Jun 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm
            We want real solutions. Not gimmicks. Seed is planted let it grow to fruition.
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              Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
              Jun 27, 2014 at 5:12 am
              In your own house can you start enjoying your first ry even before you work for a month and receive it? No one has majic wand to undo the dirt and filth created by the previous Government. It does take time. Ache din does not mean lowering the prices, it also means improving the facilities and infrastructure for which one has to pay higher taxes etc. and be prepared for it. Else live in same filty atmosphere and do not blame the Government when you see improvement, cleanliness in other countries.
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                ithin
                Jun 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm
                Very promising. One month he laid out all the expectation very well. Modi sarkar is INdia's future.
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                  Adarsh
                  Jun 27, 2014 at 2:38 am
                  hahaha,super trolling!!!
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                    Keshav
                    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:52 am
                    While i have been a supporter of BJP for over 25 years, PM can atleast release a road map in a month's time on what the Govt is planning to do to contain Price rise of essential commodities,for example, PM can mention that an expert commmitee would be formed in a months time and that the commitee will come out with an fool proof action plan on the same in 2-3 months time etc.
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                      Praveen
                      Jun 26, 2014 at 9:26 am
                      Excellent
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                        MK Vyas
                        Jun 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm
                        Modi Govt need to deliver. Verna JANTA maaf nahi karegi .
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                          hindu
                          Jun 26, 2014 at 10:01 am
                          good work mr modi
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                            osh
                            Jun 27, 2014 at 3:38 am
                            bohat asha kam kar rahe he hamare pm
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                              Avimanyu
                              Jun 26, 2014 at 9:04 am
                              Great work by him till now. He is making all efforts to bring India back on track.
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                                Raj
                                Jun 27, 2014 at 4:42 am
                                even to give birth to a baby takes 9 months.. do you expect miracles from a single man to save the w nation and show results i a month which has been crippled by the Congress? Grow up man...
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                                  raj
                                  Jun 26, 2014 at 11:47 am
                                  This is a training to his ministers what he wants to do. Once they understand just like Gujarat ministers then he will give free hand to work in line. He takes all the responsibility so he gives directive to the minister. This is as simple as that.
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                                    RAJA
                                    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:47 am
                                    You guys do not allow him to do so in the nation itself, how will he propose it in UN.
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                                      Shakti Rath
                                      Jun 27, 2014 at 12:35 am
                                      achhe din kab ayenge?
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                                        Shakti Rath
                                        Jun 27, 2014 at 12:33 am
                                        oh really? what excellent did he do by the way?
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                                          S.L Singh
                                          Jun 26, 2014 at 10:25 am
                                          Modi is working excellent. India needs such dynamic PM to lead the country.
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                                            Shoshi
                                            Jun 26, 2014 at 4:29 am
                                            Good summary
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