Spl groups formed to fast-track NDA govt’s delivery

RSTV Bureau
FILE: File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.  Photo - PTI

FILE: File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up eight groups of secretaries for focussed attention on areas like ‘good governance’, inclusive growth, employment generation, education and health and energy efficiency. The groups will further stress on the flagship initiatives of the BJP-led NDA government like Swachch Bharat.

One Secretary will act as a points-person in each group and moderate the group meetings.

The groups were set up following PM Modi’s interaction with all the Secretaries to the Government of India on December 31. The Prime Minister had asked the bureaucrats to “get cracking” to deliver results and ensure “transformative change” with focus on improving the lives of people.

During the interaction, the Prime Minister is believed to have told that “vast expertise” of the secretaries in various domains of the governance should now be leveraged to bring about “breakthroughs, rather than incremental change”.

He emphasised that secretaries must come up with ideas for the effective delivery in areas such as good governance, employment generation, education and health, farmer-centric initiatives, innovative budgeting, accelerated inclusive growth, Swachh Bharat & Ganga rejuvenation; and energy efficiency.

The subjects on which the groups have been set up are – Good Governance: Challenges and Opportunities, Employment Generation Strategies, Farmer-centric initiatives in Agriculture and allied sectors, Education and Health – universal access and quality, Innovative Budgeting and Effective Implementation, Accelerated growth with inclusion and equity, Swachch Bharat and Ganga rejuvenation and Energy efficiency and conservation.

Two of these groups — Good Governance and Energy Efficiency — will make a presentation to the PM Modi on Tuesday.

According to the sources, Information Technology Secretary JS Deepak is a points-person for the ‘Good Governance’ group, whereas Shipping Secretary Rajive Kumar will be taking care of ‘Energy Efficiency’ group.

It would be followed by presentations from three groups on January 15 and remaining three groups on January 17.

(With inputs from the PTI)