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Deadlines Sacrosanct, Modi Tells Ministers

In his second review meeting in less than a month, the Prime Minister said the deadlines, especially of social-sector schemes, are “sacrosanct”.

Published: 18th February 2016 04:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2016 04:10 AM   |  A+A-

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the gathering at the opening ceremony of the 12th South Asian Games at Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati on Friday. | PTI

NEW DELHI: While advising his ministers to keep the deadlines of projects in mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that due publicity should be given to the achievements of the government.

In his second review meeting in less than a month, the Prime Minister on Wednesday evening said the deadlines, especially of social-sector schemes, are “sacrosanct” and should not be missed at any cost. He said when the government announced a scheme, it increased the expectations of the people.

“People maintain a watch on end results. To live up to their expectations, we should not miss deadlines,”  Modi told his colleagues in a three-hour meeting. When some ministers said certain UPA schemes were still fresh in people’s minds owing to “massive publicity”, Modi said if ministers gave concrete proposals, the government could highlight feats using billboards.

The Prime Minister took stock of several projects, including his pet scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Several PSUs had made massive contributions towards the project. When a minister highlighted the work done by his ministry, Modi asked if the Prime Minister didn’t know about the achievements, how a common man would know.

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