On 31st December 2015, PM Shri Narendra Modi held 8th meeting of Proactive Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) Initiative with Union Secretaries of various ministries and Chief Secretaries of the different states. The Chief Secretary of Jammu Kashmir, Shri B R Sharma, Union Ministers Shri Rajnath Singh, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Nitin Gadkari and Senior Officers of Cabinet Secretariat also participated in this meeting.

 During this video conference, PM Modi appreciated the work done by Secretaries during last months. He reviewed the implementation status of MEGA FOOD PARKS project and urged expediting the work project so that the farmers can easily and quickly receive the intended benefit as envisaged in the scheme. The parks will be considered under agriculture/horticultural-processing zone which will include state of the art processing facilities with supportive infrastructure and well established supply chain.

 It is basically aimed to provide a mechanism to connect the agricultural production to the market by farmers, retailers and processors of various parts of the nation in order to ensure the maximizing value and minimal wastage. This will not only increase the income of farmers but also help to create employment opportunities on a large scale.

 Along with this, Shri Narendra Modi also stated that the valuable and vast experience of the Secretaries in different governance domains should be leveraged to bring about “Breakthroughs, rather than incremental change”. He exhorted Secretaries to join with different ideas for the transformative change in various areas like employment generation, education and health, good governance, farmer-centric initiative, innovative budgeting, Ganga rejuvenation, energy efficiency, accelerated inclusive growth, and Swachh Bharat mission. As he believes that focusing on these aspects and actions taken in concerned fields will not only help in the development of nation but also improve the living standards of individuals in different parts of the country.

 PM Modi laid stress on the active participation of young generation of the nation in different governance section and empowerment of the common man which will significantly help to transform the lives of people. Secretaries participating in this meeting will now interact with each other to discuss and suggest the ideas in sub-groups over the next two weeks. After this, they will present the valuable suggestions and innovative plans to the Prime Minister.

PM Narendra Modi also reviewed the progress status of vital infrastructure projects in the railway, road, power and food processing sectors which are spread over various states of the nation including Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Telangana. He also checked status of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and he exhorted all concerned authorities to complete this PPP project within best possible quality at the earliest rate.

 The report of other projects like the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor and the Delhi-haryana-Uttar Pradesh Eastern Peripheral Highways, the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport and Rih-Tedim road project in Myanmar had been also reviewed by Prime Minister of India.  PM Modi described these projects as one of the cornerstones of India’s “Act Easily” policy and urged to complete on a faster rate. He also checked the progress of Direct Benefit under MGNREGA and end-to-end computerization of Targeted Public Distribution operations (TDPS).

 Along with the project reports, he also reviewed the progress in Aadhaar Enrollment Section and Seeding with Bank Accounts so that people far across the villages will be able to get the concerned benefits of the schemes launched by nation for the development. Linking the Aadhaar Cards of individuals with accounts will also allow the authentication of beneficiary to get Direct Benefit Transfer under various government run schemes like scholarships and MGNREGA.

 He asked the concerned authorities to complete the process as soon as possible.

He was apprised of the initiative and progress of ideas to provide electricity to the unconnected villages of the country within 1000 days that will not only help to provide facilities for daily tasks but also help in development field like agriculture, education and awareness. In telecommunication, PM Modi reviewed the progress towards connecting various village communities through broadband by 2022. He checked the status of different sectors such as piped natural gas, irrigation, renewable energy, petroleum and natural gas and shipping. He was informed that all infrastructural targets for the current financial year across various sectors are broadly on track to be achieved.

Contributor: Sunpreet Kaur