Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently gave a 28-point mantra to all government secretaries, each meeting a respective counterpart every 15 days, to train 10,000 officers for the implementation of the Gatishakti scheme, India’s ranking in the global index. asked to improve. Suggestion to make food labeling on snacks mandatory to curb obesity.
News18 accessed a document titled ‘Action Points’ from the PM’s interaction with secretaries on April 2, which lays out several policy measures taken by the Prime Minister to improve governance. A major direction was to regard global indices as “an opportunity to benchmark ourselves against best practices, identify deficiencies in our framework and processes, and make necessary improvements”.
The ministries were also asked by the Prime Minister to aim for various global indices and make efforts to improve the country’s ranking in them. “Proposals submitted to Cabinet/Cabinet Committees relating to various projects, schemes, programs and policies should include benchmarking with global standards in respect of the proposal,” the document said.
The PM also asked the secretaries to study in detail the “state-of-the-art global technologies” in various fields and take steps to adopt them in India. He said each secretary should meet the secretary of another concerned ministry once in 15 days “to discuss cross-cutting issues, to facilitate working in a more coordinated manner”.
focus on speed
The Prime Minister’s signature Gatishakti initiative also finds mention in the instructions, specifying that for speedy implementation of the scheme, mapping of skill sets of officers is essential. “The target is to train 10,000 officers on infrastructure issues, financing models and related topics, which can be provided anywhere, anytime and online on demand,” the document said.
PM Modi also asked all ministries to use the Gatishakti master plan to give in-principle approval to projects and basic regulatory clearances to expedite infrastructure projects. Gatishakti Manch was launched by the Prime Minister to streamline the execution of infrastructure projects.
The PM sought to strengthen the economics and statistics divisions in the Department of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation as well as other ministries respectively. He also said that each ministry should assess “long-term opportunities” for exports and strengthen its policies to “fully take advantage of such opportunities”.
some revolutionary ideas
The PM called for launching a “National Mission on Coastal Shipping” and it should be anchored by two key user ministries “which will directly benefit from it – the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Food and Public Distribution”. He also called for the development of “manufacturing enclaves” with simpler rules and procedures to boost employment opportunities and greater participation in the global supply chain. “Research parks need to be converted into industrial parks through handholding by both government and private players,” the document said, citing the PM’s directions.
The Prime Minister also suggested “Eco Mark Labeling or Green Label” on products and directed that to prevent obesity, “food labeling on breakfast may be made mandatory”. This could be a major improvement as obesity has been flagged as a major health threat among Indians. “Health informatics is an important emerging field. Information about rare diseases has to be collected and made available for strategic use,” the document from News18 noted.
The PM asked for creation of such facilities at the district level where chemotherapy can be given by trained doctors and nurses and emphasized on the use of telemedicine and made available at every health centre.
He said that the university system should be strengthened by involving more state universities and added that the aim should be to increase the number of scientists from 1 lakh to 3 lakh. “Scientific institutions that are taking risks should be given tax benefits to promote innovation,” the documents said. The PM also said that ministries related to one sector should be given the responsibility of implementing projects in neighboring countries in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs.
Specifying the PM’s instructions to the Law Ministry, the document said, “Legal agreements should be examined not only from the legal angle, but in terms of consequences and whether clauses achieve/protect the national interest.”
Jobs and Financial Discipline
In this meeting, the PM also called for giving “top priority” to job creation and said that government intervention in the public and private sectors should be the focus. “Every Ministry should take immediate steps to fill up the existing vacancies against the sanctioned posts,” the instructions said. Later the PM ordered earlier this month that 10 lakh vacancies in central government jobs should be filled in the next 18 months.
In the April 2 meeting, the PM also said that timely payments to the MSME sector should be ensured by both public and private sectors. He said that the importance of fiscal discipline at the state level needs to be properly communicated and the long-term fiscal implications of policy measures/decisions should be analyzed and the findings shared with the state governments. He also called for continuous efforts to identify more such bodies for early implementation and exercise of the recommendations related to rationalization of autonomous bodies.
PM Modi also sought simplification of procedures to promote agro-based forestry and bamboo cultivation as it can generate employment, especially in the MSME sector. He called for a “mission mode” exercise towards de-criminalisation of minor offenses and violations and their repeal or revision in a time bound manner. “The ongoing Vision @ 2047 exercise needs to be completed in a time bound manner. The consultation in this regard should involve officers at all levels, including youth officers working at the field and district levels.
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