PM Narendra Modi asks ministers to set 100-day agenda

He asked the Cabinet ministers to take Ministers of State along and give them "proper" work so that they feel involved.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2014 2:50 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ( Source: PTI ) Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ( Source: PTI )

Getting down to business, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked his Cabinet colleagues to set a 100-day agenda with focus on efficient governance, delivery and implementation of programmes.

Believing that the progress of states is crucial for the country’s development, he also instructed his Council of Ministers to give priority to the issues brought forth by the state governments as also the MPs.

The directives were given by Modi at a Cabinet meeting here in the context of his 10-point vision which includes increasing investment, completing infrastructure projects in time-bound manner and exploiting the natural resources to the country’s benefit.

To send out a similar message across the country, Modi is likely to address the nation, possibly after the brief Parliament session that would be convened from June 4 to 11 during which President Pranab Mukherjee will address the joint sitting outlining the government’s agenda.

“The Prime Minister issued guidelines to the Ministers at the Cabinet meeting… He asked the ministers to set a timetable for the first 100 days listing the priorities,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Modi emphasised that the “most important” aspect that need to be focussed on are efficient governance, delivery and implementation of schemes and programmes, Naidu said while briefing the media on the meeting.

While focussing on these aspects, the government will take forward on priority basis the issues pending from the previous government.

He asked the Cabinet ministers to take Ministers of State along and give them “proper” work so that they feel involved.

The Prime Minister has outlined the “roadmap” and asked Ministers to set the agenda of 100 days, Naidu said, adding efforts would be made to implement it.

Modi told his Cabinet colleagues, at the second meeting in two days, that he would be regularly meeting them as also the Secretaries individually, Naidu said.

To a question, the Minister said issues like price rise, agriculture and women security, will naturally be a priority as these are the focus areas of the BJP-led government.

“Expectations of people are high… Difference sections have different priorities. Every section is important,” he said.

On Modi’s thrust on giving priority to issues raised by states, Naidu said this was in keeping with the “true spirit of federalism”.

He explained that since Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, had worked in a state, he understands the importance of federal structure and gave instructions for maintaining certain standards in this respect.

On the issue of giving work to Ministers of State, Naidu said Modi wants them to be taken along in proper spirit because “a new team” is to be built.

“The spirit of the message has been understood by all the ministers. But an MoS is an MoS. Try to understand. A Cabinet Minister is responsible. They have to segregate work…He cannot give total decision-making to an MoS. But certain work has to be given to the MoS so that they have satisfaction of having some role,” he said.

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    Umesh Kumar
    May 30, 2014 at 9:23 am
    India is a particular and congress party is the general, BJP’s Sukhram was convicted and jailed for 5 years in November 2011. To grab power in Himachal Pradesh, BJP took the support of Sukhram and his party Himachal Vikas Manch completely overlooking his tainted corrupt background.
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      Umesh Kumar
      May 30, 2014 at 9:23 am
      India is a particular and congress party is the general, In May 1998; Modi was elevated to the post of the General Secretary of BJP and was transferred to New Delhi where he was igned responsibility for the party’s activities in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. In the same year (1998), state elections were held in Himachal Pradesh and the elections threw up a hung embly with both BJP and Congress winning 31 seats each while Himachal Vikas Manch (HVM) won 5 seats.
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        Umesh Kumar
        May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am
        India is a particular and congress party is the general, In past BJP never talk about development, jobs, water, and electricity anymore; it is now all about ‘Hindutva’. Every morning in the riot torn areas of Muzaffarnagar, ds of RSS workers hit the campaign trail, some of them still in the traditional RSS khakhi (half-chaddi) shorts, with slogans of ‘Hindu-Hindu bhai-bhai’.
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          Umesh Kumar
          May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am
          India is a particular and congress party is the general, Modi spoke of his experience of the 2002 violence and in few minutes dismissed the entire period of violence as a matter of ‘usual’ riot between two communities. No remorse, no sympathy for the dead, no sense of responsibility as the Chief Minister.
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            Umesh Kumar
            May 30, 2014 at 9:23 am
            India is a particular and congress party is the general, Modi’s 10 year long propaa of the ‘Gujarat Model’ is going out of the window and is being quickly replaced by what Modi and his team know the best, what they have done repeatedly in Gujarat, communalize the vote bank – the real ‘Gujarat Model’. While Modi keeps spewing venom at the Bangladeshi Muslim Immigrants in am and talks of ‘Pink Revolution’, at the ground level, RSS workers are putting all their weight behind Modi by carrying the slogan of ‘Hindutva’ from house to house.
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              Umesh Kumar
              May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am
              India is a particular and congress party is the general, On March 1, 2002, in one of the most gruesome macres during the religious violence in Gujarat, 14 people (11 Muslims including family members and 3 Hindu employees) hiding in Best Bakery, Baroda, 100km from Ahmedabad, were burnt alive when a Hindu mob set it on fire killing everyone inside.
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                Umesh Kumar
                May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am
                India is a particular and congress party is the general, in 2002 riots for the first 48 hours, Hindu mobs of over 20 thousand goons led by VHP and BJP activists including Mr Modi’s colleague and friend Maya Kodnani were attacking small Muslim settlements like Naroda village, Naroda Patiya and Gulbarg society.
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                  Umesh Kumar
                  May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am
                  India is a particular and congress party is the general, the first ever legal testimony recorded against Modi for his alleged involvement in the Gujarat riots was cut short some day before when the witness, DIG Sanjiv Bhatt, was in the middle of his narrative on events preceding the murder of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri at Gulberg Society.
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