STRONG SYMBOLIC STATEMENTS OF POPULAR OUTREACH: MODI BEGINS WITH HIS STYLE OF POLITICS

Bowing to the epitome of India’s electoral democracy – Narendra Modi touching his forehead to the steps of the Parliament building and breaking down during his first visit

Calling BJP his mother during his speech in the central hall of the Parliament – reacting gracefully and in a choked voice on L K Advani’s statement on ‘doing favour to the BJP’ and remembering and missing Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s presence

Clubbing 17 ministries under 7 ministers – small government, more governance as Modi says – let’s see the flow of the flow in the days when it matters

Department of Personal and Training circular that says the ministers cannot appoint relatives in their personal staff

ACC – Appointments Coordination Committee – a PMO committee headed by Narendra Modi responsible for appointing the staff members of the ministers ‘depriving’ ministers of this ‘privilege’

Abolishing GoMs and EGoMs – group of ministers and ‘empowered group of ministers – on a performance audit, most of the 68 GoMs and 14 EGoMs will fail miserably – the white elephants eating into the Parliament’s budget and delaying the decision-making process

Slamming the BJP MP from Barabanki, Priyanka Singh Rawat, for appointing her father her representative for her parliamentary constituency, forcing her to withdraw the decision

Addressing the ‘behind the scene workers’ of the BJP head office in Delhi – recognizing their efforts in a long, effective speech with connecting words by revisiting his long stay in a room of the BJP office – the event with a narrow spectrum of party’s office outreach reached to the nation

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

NEW GOVERNMENT AND SOME GOOD INDICATORS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE

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 – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/