It's Bye-bye Policy Paralysis as PMO Slogs Sans Break
NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office, ever since the new incumbent Narendra Modi took charge of South Block, has not taken a single off and has been working long hours to shake off the sloth-‘more commonly called policy paralysis’-that’s said to have crept into the system in the last few years of the previous government.
It is a massive streamlining of the super structure that’s afoot to create an enabling atmosphere where decision-making can be swift and the results from implementation of policies and programmes can be tangibly felt by all stake-holders, where intentions of the government are not stuck in red tape.
PM Modi’s marathon meeting with 77 top bureaucrats, all secretaries of various ministries and departments including Home, Finance, Foreign and Defence-the first time in eight years-will now be followed up by presentation by secretaries who will form smaller groups.
Principal Secretary Nirependra Mishra explained, “During the presentation, they (the Secretaries) will be able to bring to the Prime Minister’s notice the roadblocks and the inter-ministerial issues. Those will then be sorted out.”
The fact the inter-ministerial turf-wars in the last government derailed the policy implementations and clearance of projects hitting the economy badly is high on Modi’s mind. And, that’s what the new PMO wants to avoid at any cost, by setting up a direct monitoring system for time-bound implementation of policies. In the next step, accountability will be fixed for unnecessary delay.
The hands-on PM and the PMO will be proactively working to sort out the hindrances so that pending projects and policies are cleared.