PM likely to set up 10-member expert advisory board

Experts will include sector specialists, even veteran politicians.

Written by Archna Shukla | New Delhi | Published:May 31, 2014 12:57 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to set up a team of experts to advise him on various areas. According to sources, a 10-member advisory board comprising technocrats, bureaucrats, professionals and some former political leaders is on the anvil.

Foreign affairs, internal security, finance, education and skill development, information technology, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, water and health are said to be the areas of immediate focus for Modi.

The advisory board members will not be elected representatives but experts from areas considered crucial for governance.

Source said Modi’s close aides and strategists from Gujarat have been mandated to identify “dynamic” and “competent” individuals who have demonstrated “original thinking” for the proposed advisory board.

Among the names considered are former union minister Arun Shourie and former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan.

The idea is to have an empowered PMO which is not entirely dependent on ministers to decide on policy initiatives and direction, said sources. “What was the biggest weakness of the previous government? A weak PMO (prime minister’s office) and a weak PM. There was complete policy paralysis, governance had been hived off to GoMs (group of ministers) and ministries had become fiefdoms of independent ministers. The new prime minister (Modi) is a dynamic leader and a thinker. It is but natural that he wants to lead his team more effectively and get the PMO back on its feet,” said a senior BJP leader. Arguing that the advisory board will not be stepping on anybody’s toes but will be merely advising the prime minister, he said: “An informed, competent and efficient PMO will only inspire other ministries to be constantly on their feet.

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    Kanai Chakraberti
    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm
    Hon'ble PM is summarily in need of certain urgent advisories as under: a) To moot a proposal for RE-WRITING THE INDIAN CONSUTION and JUDICIARY. b) To toy-over the idea of TWO-PARTY-SYSTEM in India, for a real DEMOCRACY. c) To promulgate a suitable LAW for -Capital Punishment For Economic Offences too. d) To arrest the Potion Explosion Nuisance. e) Enact a policy for Uniform Civil and Educational Procedure Codes. f) To stop immediately all RESERVATION POLICY- other than on economic criteria. g) To call for DOUBLING of Agriculture, Industries and Exports. h) To bring about a RADICAL REFORMATION in ELECTIONS and ELECTIONEERING.
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      Bharat Bhushan
      May 31, 2014 at 11:36 am
      2002 riots are the biggest rits in India, in Vadodra, a family of seven was burnt alive when a mob set fire to a bakery in Wadi police station area. Twelve others were injured when police opened fire to quell the mob near the bakery. Two persons were killed, when police fired on a mob that was setting ablaze shops in Kumarwad area of Bhavnangar City.
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        Bharat Bhushan
        May 31, 2014 at 11:37 am
        As per Shri Ram Punyani: “This Hindutva became the base of politics of Hindu Mahasabha and RSS. hi in contrast was a Hindu but was opposed to the idea of Nation being a Hindu nation. Similarly we see Maulana Abul Kalam Azad; a Muslim who never supported the idea of a Muslim nation – stan.
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          Bharat Bhushan
          May 31, 2014 at 11:37 am
          Atalji claim to be omnipotent yet could not control Muslim carnage for 3 months. When Atalji reminded you of Raj Dharm, you said killing of Muslims is your Raj Dharm. Managing clean chit from Supreme Court does not mean that you are omnipotent administrator.
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            Bharat Bhushan
            May 31, 2014 at 11:37 am
            BJP have no regret for Muslim carnage. BJP’s top leder called Muslims puppy. You ran away from interview when Karan Thapar questioned you on August 31, 2012. You are propagating Hindutva, not Sanatan Dharm i.e. Hinduism.
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              Bharat Bhushan
              May 31, 2014 at 11:36 am
              BJP paid huge black money to media houses but in past What Modi stated in his interview to TOI is a mile away from the truth. This can be seen from the statement given by then Additional DGP RB Sreekumar representing the Gujarat State Intelligence Bureau before the Election Commission wherein he had stated the extent of affected areas due to 2002 Gujarat riots.
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                Bharat Bhushan
                May 31, 2014 at 11:36 am
                BJP paid huge black money to media houses, the most shameful lie is Modi’s ertion that “The riot was not of one (political) party or the other”, essentially trying to take the blame away from BJP/VHP/RSS. Truth is that the main accused in all the cases are BJP/VHP people whether it’d be Maya Kodnani, Jaydeep Patel or Babu Bajrangi.
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                  Bharat Bhushan
                  May 31, 2014 at 11:36 am
                  BJP’s is communal party while congress is secular party, Gujarat saw riots in the 1990s; the violence was usually limited to the bigger cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodra and Surat. However, in 2002, BJP and RSS’s game plan was to spread the violence to smaller villages and towns thus pulverizing the minority community and spreading fear throughout Gujarat.
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                    Bharat Bhushan
                    May 31, 2014 at 11:36 am
                    India need a secular leader not a communal, Modi claims to be Hindu Rashtrawadi and torch bearer of RSS legacy. RSS neither has faith in our secular consution nor in the National flag.
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                      realist
                      May 31, 2014 at 6:31 am
                      Plz include Dr. Swamy too. He will be valuable.
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                        inder
                        May 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm
                        Proactive execution strategy for taking India in right Direction based on rationale thinking is admirable. I had been favoring AAP simply based on anti corruption agenda but if Modi combines his governance skills with strictest anti corruption policy, he could be the most favored PM of India in 70 years. Now he has power, he must think India first and put each minister on tight leash when it comes to corrupt affairs. ZERO tolerance for corruption is a must for him to rule India for next three terms.
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                          Jitendra
                          May 31, 2014 at 5:41 am
                          Will this be NAC II ?
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                            tanu
                            May 31, 2014 at 10:58 am
                            I can remember. Media was vocal then. Now?
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                              Narender Kommidi
                              May 31, 2014 at 5:18 am
                              Excellent step I would say.
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