Council of ministers review schemes, to meet every month

Council of ministers review schemes, to meet every month
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a meeting at the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summits in Ufa, Russia, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Sekretarev/Pool

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid thrust on quicker delivery of the government’s developmental agenda as he embarked on a comprehensive review of the ongoing schemes in a first of its kind meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Modi is also learnt to have expressed concern over the soaring price of pulses in the over three-hour-long meeting during which the status of projects of some ministries were reviewed.

It was also decided to hold such meetings every fourth Wednesday of each month during which similar review of other ministries would be carried out, sources said.

Reviewing the progress of schemes of ministries including Agriculture, Rural Development, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Chemical and Fertilizer and Water Resources, Modi emphasised the need to take the government’s initiatives to people.

He also asked ministers to be well-versed in all subjects so that they can highlight the government’s achievements effectively when they communicate in public.

Noting that the schemes launched so far for cleaning of river Ganga have failed to bring effective results, he called for out of box ideas to ensure greater participation participation of people for the success of his pet Namami Gange project, the sources said.

Modi also sought suggestions for improving various schemes and their effective implementation.

A key highlight of the meeting was the Prime Minister’s focus on how to increase the production of pulses in the country. The issue of soaring pulse price had been used by the Opposition to corner the government repeatedly including during the Bihar Assembly polls.

The discussion on pulses saw Modi talking about long term measures required to be taken to increase their production and to create sufficient buffer stock. He also stressed on the need to take measures against hoarding.

All these ministries are related to day to day needs of the people, especially farmers.

The meeting also saw a discussion on rural jog flagship scheme MNREGA. The issue of direct release of wages to workers for its better implementation and empowerment of the states also came up for discussion.