Narendra Modi trims Cabinet Committees, scraps four

Many other committees like those on Political, Economic and Parliamentary Affairs are likely to witness changes

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 11, 2014 9:53 am
The Prime Minister's decision is said to be in keeping with his endeavour to trim administrative structures to make them more efficient. (Source: PTI) The Prime Minister’s decision is said to be in keeping with his endeavour to trim administrative structures to make them more efficient. (Source: PTI)

After restructuring different ministries and departments in keeping with the BJP-led government’s motto of “minimum government, maximum governance”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday decided to discontinue four Standing Committees of the Cabinet and also reconstitute some crucial Cabinet Committees, including those on Security, Political Affairs, Economic Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs as well as the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

The Standing Committees which have been scrapped are those on Management of Natural Calamities, Prices, Unique Identification Authority of India-related issues, and World Trade Organisation Matters.

Official sources said the Cabinet Committees are “co-terminus” with the government and reconstituting them is a “routine exercise” under a new regime. Sources, however, added the Prime Minister may add or reduce representation of ministers in the committees depending on their relevance.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), for instance, comprised the Prime Minister and ministers for Home, Defence, Finance and External Affairs. Given that the CCS deals with issues related to defence, law and order, internal security, political and economic issues impinging on national security, these four ministers are likely to continue in the committee, but it is up to the PM to add any more to this list.

Modi is likely to change the composition of the ACC, which comprised the PM, Home Minister and minister in charge of the concerned ministry.

Many other committees like those on Political, Economic and Parliamentary Affairs are likely to witness significant changes in their composition. While many alliance partners had got representation in these committees during the UPA regime, the NDA allies may not find place in most of them with the BJP having a clear majority in the Lok Sabha.

Reconstitution of many of these Cabinet Committees also became necessary after the restructuring of ministries, with 17 of them clubbed into seven organic ministries, said sources. Besides, some big committees, like the 10-member Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs and 11-member Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, may be downsized.

An official press release said the functions of the Cabinet Committee on Management of Natural Calamities would now be handled by the Committee under the Cabinet Secretary whenever natural calamities occur, and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs would take over the functions of the Cabinet Committee on Prices and the Cabinet Committee on World Trade Organisation Matters “whenever necessary”.

On the committee on UIDAI issues, the note said the major decisions in this area have already been taken and the remaining issues would be brought to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

The Prime Minister’s decision is said to be in keeping with his endeavour to trim administrative structures to make them more efficient. He had earlier abolished 30 Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs) and GoMs that existed at the end of the tenure of the UPA government.

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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:07 am
    Heat continues. Monsoon is being predicted as deficient. The President said that his government is preparing for it. A good sign. Let us hope that the economy despite deficient rains is able to cope with and is able to revive the growth momentum.
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      Abhishek Kumar
      Jun 11, 2014 at 8:07 am
      Hope Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi knows it that his government has no time for breath even. People are waiting good days. Now testing times ahead after so much of promises as performance would matter.
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        Abhishek Kumar
        Jun 11, 2014 at 8:07 am
        Just as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, I would add, faith is in the heart of the believer. Every mother is dear to her offspring, the town one is born will always be nostalgic to the individual…The food you grew up with will always be looked forward to....
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          Abhishek Kumar
          Jun 11, 2014 at 8:08 am
          Mr Narendra Modi, do something fast. Faith in religious and political leadership. Of course there are exceptions and I feel the pain of those who have been hurt and abused by the very same people they loved and trusted.
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            Abhishek Kumar
            Jun 11, 2014 at 8:07 am
            Presidents address in parliament shows Narendra Modi promises but BJP has created a record of no cooperation with outgoing government how does it expect cooperation from Congress and regional parties lead state government remains to be seen.
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              Abhishek Kumar
              Jun 11, 2014 at 8:06 am
              With some new phrases and ideas almost every scheme announced in Presidents address to new parliament is the repeion of outgoing government schemes and programmes. State governments being the nodal agencies let us see how they implement Narendra Modi government schemes.
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                Deeptanshu Verma
                Jun 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm
                Am glad to read this. Many of these committees were "employment schemes" rather than serving any governance purpose.
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                  guptadkj
                  Jun 11, 2014 at 7:38 am
                  Most of these committees did absolutely nothing other than waste their time and the tax-payers money.
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                    Hari
                    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm
                    About time. Talk, Talk and no action. No More.
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                      PKR
                      Jun 11, 2014 at 2:24 am
                      A correct step to enhance system efficiency and discard redundant. the signal must peculate down the line.
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                        praful
                        Jun 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm
                        In addition to following "minimum government maximum governance" principle, it's quite natural to have governance org structure for a single party government to be different from org structure that accommodates multi-party coalition government (where each major party wants to have representative in each part of the government). Single party org structure is inherently more streamlined and more accountable.
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                          Ramesh Negi
                          Jun 11, 2014 at 5:11 am
                          A smooth function of Govt.
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                            Sachin Jagade
                            Jun 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm
                            Well done Sir. With every day we feel increased governance. We are with you.
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                              Citizen
                              Jun 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm
                              Good for the nation and cost cutting and to reduce red tape. Most of these and the upper houses in states are like political unemployment shelters for those disgruntled, defeated ruling party candidates and waste of tax payers money. Stream line and make people accountable for taking prompt decisions . Jaihind
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