With an aim to highlight the achievements of the Narendra Modi government in the states, all central government schemes could soon have ‘PM’ or the names of nationalist leaders prefixed to them. The suggestion was made by the group of ministers (GoM) set up to recommend ways of increasing visibility of central schemes in states and districts. It has also suggested that films highlighting the achievements of the Modi dispensation should be produced every fortnight and shown “mandatorily” before screening of movies in theatres.
An internal note circulated at a meeting of the GoM, which was chaired by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, revealed that the suggestions included making animation clips on the government’s achievements stressing on the “difference between the past and present” in a “humorous way”.
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The GoM wants the Information & Broadcasting Ministry to be roped in for the job.
To ensure that state governments do not take credit for central schemes, the GoM has also suggested that central schemes be inaugurated in the presence of Union ministers and MPs. It has also called for giving MPs the constitutional authority to conduct checks on the execution of the schemes, and also establishing a system of penalties that will be enforced by the Centre in cases of lack of efficiency in execution.
While monitoring committees in districts for such schemes are currently headed by district magistrates or superintendents of police, they will be headed by MPs in case the GoM’s recommendations are implemented. The government is amending the rules to allow MPs to head the committees, the note said.
The GoM has also recommended a minimum of two interviews a week by each minister to the national broadcasters, Doordarshan and All India Radio. It has also stressed on “exclusive news” in media houses and suggested that such information should be “selectively given out to a few journalists” as “making them exclusive stories will ensure better coverage”.