There have been some interesting developments on restructuring, streamlining and slimming down the mammoth and sluggish administrative machinery of the Government of India since May 26 when Narendra Modi was sworn in officially.

17 ministries clubbed under 7 ministers – yes, there is a reported proposed cabinet extension – but given the style of Narendra Modi’s governance, the exercise is going to put the ministers on some tough assignments

Then came the DoPT (Department of Personal and Training) circular saying the ministers needed to appoint their personal staff from among the general pool available – no handpicked choices, no relatives – if the order is implemented in letter and spirit

Next was the Appointment Coordination Committee, instituted in the prime minister’s office, and headed by the prime minister himself – to regulate the appointment of the personal staff of the ministers including the OSDs (officers on special duty) – a welcome and required move indeed, given the cost overheads these ministers’ staff-members are – let’s see some efficiency and transparency there

And yesterday, the Narendra Modi government abolished the ‘group of ministers and ‘empowered group of ministers’- another largely irrelevant and futile hangover of the parliamentary democracy during the UPA government – mostly seen as a delaying or postponing effort on some troubling issue – on a performance audit, most of the 68 GoMs and 14 EGoMs will fail miserably – they only added to cost heads of concerned ministerial wings

These required decisions taken in the very first week are really assuring of the intent of Narendra Modi on his promises on good governance – let’ see when he cracks down on the ‘lavish, king size, irrelevant and absurd study tours of our dear parliamentarians’ – 🙂

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –