Interaction through PRAGATI Platform: PM Narendra Modi

On 25th March 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his dream project PRAGATI Mission (Proactive Governance and Timely Implementation). It is an interactive and unique integrated platform that aims to review and monitor the important projects and programs that have been flagged by the State and Indian Government of India.  

It was started to evaluate, examine and analyze the progress report of missions, projects and programs. In this way, it will address the inconvenience of common man. PRAGATI mission is a forward step to direct the plans in a right way so that the government will become more efficient and responsive for the same. It aims to bring e-transparency and e-accountability with real-time presence and exchange among the key stakeholders. The PRAGATI platform uniquely bundles three latest technologies: Digital data management, video-conferencing and geo-spatial technology.

 

Key Features of PRAGATI Application:
PRAGATI is a three-tier system (PMO, Union Government Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries of the States) where PM will hold a monthly interaction by video-conference with the Government of India Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries. It is decided that the interaction will be held once in every month on the Fourth Wednesday at 3.30 PM. The day on which the interaction will take place is known to be PRAGATI Day.

Issues to be flagged before the PM are picked up from the available database regarding Public Grievances, on-going programs and pending Projects. The system will strengthen, ride on, and re-engineer the databases of the Project Monitoring Group (PMG), CPGRAMS for grievances, and the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.

Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries can see the issues pertaining to their states and departments. They have to put their comments and updates about the flagged issues within three days. On the next day, PMO team will review the data entered by the Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries.

The issues flagged will be uploaded seven days prior to the PRAGATI day (i.e. on 3rd Wednesday of every month). The Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries can review these issues after entering into the application.

First Interaction:
In the First Integration, various issues like public grievances, unseasonal rain, project execution, swachh bharat, relief to the farmers etc. Two issues of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh were flagged regarding clearance for Navi Mumbai airport and National Highways respectively. PM Modi also examined the Progress of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and School Toilet Program in different parts of the country. He motivated all the officers to schedule their work in a proper routine so that the Redressal of grievances and compliance with the projects and programs have been carried out in a right direction.

PM Modi also stated that many permissions and actions are pending, that has restricted the execution of projects and programs. PRAGATI mission has been started to analyze these types of related issues.

Second Interaction:

The second interaction through PRAGATI was held in April 2015. PM Modi reviewed the progress of the railway projects in West Bengal and Assam, India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway, and interacted with Indian Ambassadors in Yangon, Myanmar and Bangkok, Thailand. The projects like Green Energy Corridor project, and underlined India’s commitment to global leadership with regard to renewable energy, public grievance related to BSNL services and LPG Contribution were also considered in the discussion. He examined the work done for the tribal welfare, infrastructure projects and its development in the North-East region.

Third Interaction:

In May 2015, the third interaction through PRAGATI was chaired by PM Narendra Modi to review the decision making and problem solving process in the vital projects. He examined the issues of ex-servicemen like pension and retirement benefits along with CGHS (Central Government Health Services). He checked out the progress report of various projects like road, railway, bridges, coal, power transmission lines, atomic energy and infrastructure in the different states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Uttarakhand. He stressed the central and state government to improve the coordination between the Centre and States to complete the projects in mentioned time. He also reviewed the PM’s special scholarship scheme for the Jammu and Kashmir students.  

Fourth Interaction:

The Fourth PRAGATI Interaction was held in June 2015 in which PM Modi interrogated the grievances relating to passport delivery. He focused on the railway and road projects in the particular states of country like Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka etc. He also urged to maintain sanitary conditions along with the transportation and security services in the festival seasons in the areas of Madhya Pradesh (Simhastha, Ujjain) and Maharashtra (Kumbh, Nashik). Mr. Modi asked the concerned departments to work actively to pursue these matters judicially and highlight the difficulties faced by the people due to the non-completion of the projects.

Fifth Interaction:

In Aug. 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the fifth interaction to express his concern at the grievances relating to post offices, improvement in service delivery like postal savings accounts, payment of policy benefits, money orders, and delay in delivery of post.

He also reviewed the progress report of different projects in the various states of the country like Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and Chennai Metro Rail. The Mr. Modi wants every Indian citizen to get connected with the mobile services. He reviewed the mobile connectivity services in the Left Wing Extremism affected regions. He checked out the CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System) Scheme in the police station of three states- Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Assam.

Modi 5th interaction through Pragati on Post office issues

Sixth Interaction:

On 30th Sept. 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the sixth interaction through PRAGATI- A mission based on ICT (Information and Communication Technology), multi-modal platform for Proactive Governance and Timely Implementation.

The main motive of this meeting was to interrogate the progress of the Solar Energy Mission in the 17 states across the country. He wants to connect every living sector with the solar power projects. In this way, we can utilize the solar energy for lightening in the general and commercial sectors like industries, power plants etc.  In order to implement the project speedily, he exhorted 17 particular states to work accordingly on a conducive policy framework.

The Prime Minister wants to direct solar with the global parameters within a specific time period. He inquired the deals and delay in the processing the trademarks and patent requests. He also inspected the application filing system. He wants to initiate the process as soon as possible. For that, he considered to minimize the form filling process with less number of papers.

Mr. Narendra Modi reviewed various projects and issues in the Sixth Interaction through PRAGATI:

He overviewed the progress report of various projects of many states like: Coal & Iron Filling Process, Metro Rail Network, Aviation Sector, Power, Road and Railway Network. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi analyzed the progress of Indian Projects in the other nations like Afghanistan that includes the Parliament Building and the Salma Dam. He also asked all concerned departments to report for the same. Mr. Modi wants these projects to get speedily implemented in the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) region.

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has requested the Prime Minister of India to review the Lucknow Metro Rail Project. The States of Odisha also requested PM to have a look on the Khurda-Balangir new Broad Gauge Rail link. PM Modi took both the matters into consideration and reviewed their progress report. The other projects like crucial coal and iron-ore mining projects in the eastern States and Mumbai Metro Project Line 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) were also inspected by PM Modi.  

Shri Narendra Modi also examined new Pakyong Airport in Sikkim. He described it a crucial project that has to be considered first for the development and connectivity for the tourism in the state. He interrogated the progression and asked the state to take considerable action to complete it in a short time span. Mr. Modi also examined the overall implementation report of the National Food Security Act, 2013 and enrollment of Aadhaar Card all over the country. He wants every Indian citizen to get benefits with these initiatives. For that, he wants these projects to be quickly executed in the states of the country.

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Modi Engagements in New York to strengthening Bilateral Relations

 25th of September 2015 – Modi Engagements in New York to strengthening Bilateral Relations .A day to be marked in the calendar of five countries viz India, Srilanka, Bhutan, Cyprus and Sweden, when Our honourable PM Modi met his Bhutanese and Swedish counterparts and the Presidents of Srilanka and Cyprus.

PM Narendra Modi visited the US, to represent India in United Nations General Assembly, when its 70th Anniversary celebrations took place in September 2015. (UNGA).  Let’s just understand a little about UNGA now before going into what happened when leaders met.

The UNGA is a gathering of all nations for choice making, where every one of the 193 countries which are part of UN has a solitary vote.  Each nation is welcome to send a delegate to the assembly. It was set up as an establishing organization of the UN in 1945 as the “deliberative, policymaking and agent organ of the United Nations”.

The assembly has a scope of fundamental choices to make inside of the UN framework, including selecting the secretary general, choosing the non-perpetual individuals from the security chamber and supporting the UN budget. The nations which have not paid their dues to UN are generally not allowed to vote.In particular, it is the fundamental worldwide gathering for examining global political participation, dangers to peace and monetary advancement, and also the tremendous scope of cultural, social and compassionate issues.

PM Modi and Srilankan President Maithripala Sirisena:

The first Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Srilanka in the past 28 years, in March 2015, which is considered historic without having a need to explain. ” I see this visit as an opportunity to further strengthen our relationship in all its dimensions – political, strategic, economic, cultural, and above all, people to people contacts,” said Modi before his visit to Lankan province.

Modi is the only Indian prime minister to visit the war ravaged Jaffna and he handed over twenty thousand homes to people there, which was an Indian funded project. He also addressed Srilankan Parliament. This historic visit strengthened the ties between the two countries, which was all these days very sensitive, which kept away all other former prime ministers of India from visiting Srilanka. Now the doorway for many things opened because of our honourable PM.

Announcements on four MOUs including exemption of visa for official passport holders, building of college auditorium, youth exchanges and training and customs cooperation. These points were reiterated during the talks with President when PM Modi met him during UNGA. Modi also appreciated peaceful parliamentary elections which took place in Srilanka despite sensitive situations prevailing there. He said that it shows the country’s commitments towards democracy.

PM Modi and President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades:

The Prime Minister met the President of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. Narendra Modi noticed the long-standing association with Cyprus, and said however the two nations were physically far separated, they were candidly near one another. The Cyprus President portrayed India as one of the most grounded companions of Cyprus.

 

  Relations in the middle of India and Cyprus have been customarily close and also amicable. Ecclesiastical overseer Makarios had the most astounding appreciation for Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and was profoundly keen to the backing rendered by India to the battle of Cyprus against British. India has reliably and enduringly bolstered a tranquil determination of the Cyprus issue in understanding with the significant UN Security Council resolutions. India bolsters the power, solidarity and regional respectability of Cyprus. Many MOUs have been signed in the past in the areas of science and technology, Information Technology, Public Health and Medical sciences, cultural educational and scientific cooperation and many more.

PM Modi and Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay:

Mr Tobgay complimented the Prime Minister on what he depicted as a “visionary” articulation at the United Nations Summit for the appropriation of Post-2015 Development Agenda. In turn, Modi thanked for the advancement being made on hydro-electric undertakings in Bhutan. Mr Tobgay repeated Bhutan’s backing for India’s changeless participation of the United Nations Security Council.

As we all know, our PM’s first foreign visit was to Bhutan which strengthened the already strong bond between the two countries which has been in existence for more than a century now. That has also been sustained over the years by high level visits by both the countries.

 

  PM Modi and Swedish PM Stefan Lofven Like many other countries India and Sweden has maintained bilateral relations from the year 1949 when ties were established. After that, the then PM of India Jawaharlal Nehru’s visit to Sweden in 1957 and various other higher official visits between two countries has brought in many advantages for both the countries. Recently in May our president Shri Pranab Mukherjee visited Sweden officially to deepen the relationship between the two countries. During the recent meeting with Swedish PM, Modi thanked him for the wonderful arrangements made during our President’s visit to the country, which was a very fruitful visit too. He also invited Sweden to be part of “Make in India” Programme, “Smart Cities” project and “Skills India” programme. He also mentioned the scope of Swedish investments in our projects in the area of railways and renewable energy.  


Apart from about 40 Indian IT companies many Indian Pharma and Biotech companies have their offices in Sweden. Many major companies like Wipro and Aditya Birla group have invested in Sweden.

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Modi addressed Indian Community at SAP Centre, San Jose, California

On 28th September 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Indian Community at SAP Centre, San Jose, California. There were approximately 18000 people who visited to listen PM Modi. He dealt with various topics and spoke about Indian Government and its achievement.

PM Narendra Modi said that India has 800 Million youth and 1.6 billion young arms that can result in fast development of India. According to him, What can’t a country achieve which has the power of 800 million youth?

He congratulated the American based Indians by saying that It is all because of your brilliant efforts that India has a new image in the world. The views of people about India have changed. Now, every sector is eager to invest in India. He said that it feels good to interact with half million people of Indian-origin. Because of your skills, the old image of India is gone and across the world. I am thankful for the magic of your fingers on the internet device (computer) keyboard. He discussed about achievement of India in his governance.

Mr. Modi said, “From Upanishads we have moved to Upagraha”.“India gets succeeded in its Mars mission in the very first attempt.” Today we have moved on from Upanishad to Upagraha. India is the first country who has this great achievement in the first mission to Mars. Now, these satellites are helping our nation’s progress.

Today, there are two major threats to the world – Terrorism and Global Warming. We have to fight against these critical issues. It can be only possible when we can come in a group with efficient support to each other. If we have faith in humanity, we can defeat anyone in the world.    

 

He said, “ B.R.I.C.S. is nothing without “I” where “I” stands for India”. As India has been contributing its efforts for the past many years. The Indian government is planning to issue soil health cards to the farmers so that they can evaluate the quality of soil and on the basis of that, they come to about the minerals in the soil.  

Brain Drain and Brain Game plan of Mr. Modi:

JAM is an important mission of Indian Government and we all are supporting to bring JAM for all. It means every Indian will get connected to the Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar card, and mobile governance. He said that we had opened a silent mission against corruption, for which Aadhaar cards had helped to weed out more than 5 Crore fake gas connections. Only 130 crore units have been given subsidy and it was a great saving of more than19,000 crore.

He had a long discussion about ‘brain drain’. He highlighted the point of emigration of qualified, skilled and highly trained people from a particular country. He describes India as “Bahuratna Vasundhara” – a present that could go on giving. He said. “The brain drain would be turned into a brain gain anytime.”  

 

“Did anyone think brain drain can become brain gain? This is not brain drain, but brain deposit,” Mr. Modi Said.

He described ‘brain drain’ as ‘brain deposit’. “No one had assumed that the brain drain could also be converted into brain gain. According to Mr. Modi, we must reverse the brain drain into brain gain.

He said, “Don’t think of this as brain drain. When the opportunity comes, it will come to the service of Mother India – with interest.”

We are planning to achieve great success in the every fast growing field, for which the brilliant young generation of India is actively participating.

Mr. Modi Vision Towards his Nation:

Mr. Modi wants to serve his nation. He said, “If I live, I’ll live for the country. If I die, I’ll die for the country.”

E-governance is easy, effective and economical governance. Mr. Modi believes that it is the combined effort of skills, knowledge, power and goals of 123 Crore people in India. He stated, “The world now accepts that this century will be India’s. And this has happened not because of me, but the 1.25 billion Indians”. Now Indian is becoming the focal point of development.

Today, the world looks at India with hope and confidence. He said that he is quite assured about the development plan of India i.e. Make In India as there is 65% young generation in India that has become the important part of this mission.

Today India is the fastest growing major economy in the world. In the last 15 months, India has achieved great success in the field of development. Even, Economic state of India has become stable. He also reported the analysis of rating agencies. According to them, among various developed nations, the economic rate of India is rising day by day.

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PM Modi and President Barack Obama joined together at a joint press event

On 28th Sept 2015 during America tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Barack Obama, the Prime Minister of United States in New York City. He also met Mr. Francois Hollande, the President of France and the Prime Minister of United States, Mr. David Cameron. The major concerns of this meeting were: climate change, security, terrorism, reform of the United Nations Security Council and India’s desire for the membership of four export control regimes.

Both get agreed to achieve goals in this commitment. Mr. Narendra Modi wants India to become a permanent seat member of the UN Security Council, for that he also discussed various concerned issues.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leaders of the three countries: France, Britain and United States discussed about India’s desire to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and four export control regimes. Mr. Modi thanked President Barack Obama for his support of India in joining export control regimes. He said that he valued his vision and commitment for the deep relations between two nations.

 Mr. Modi stated that India had probed permission to announce its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) on October 2nd, Gandhi Jayanti. Although, the deadline for this mission is October 1st.  The prime minister believes that along with the emission caps, we should give emphasis on providing funds and technology for clean energy in the developing countries. For this, India has been making great effort to target the production of 175 Giga Watts renewable energies.

 PM meeting with leaders of the three countries is termed as powerful Monday meeting. He said that “Make In India” is an important mission to India. For that, Mr. Modi has invited Britain to become a part of Make in India Program.

 Agreement:

For the business startup in India, seven agreements were made between India and various organizations of the United States of America. Mr. Modi has signed an agreement to become a part of the Indian UAS Start Up Konnect 2015.

Unbelievable vibrancy & enthusiasm at India-US start-up Konnect. Start-ups are natural engines of growth & are key to…

Posted by Narendra Modi on Sunday, 27 September 2015

The first agreement was between The Centre For Cellular and Molecular Platform and California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. The main concern of this agreement was to establish Indo -US Life Science Sister Innovation Hub. This will also enhance the science based education, development, commercialization and research in India.

 PM Modi’s Joint Press Brief with President Barack Obama:

On 28 September 2015, Indian PM Modi and President Barack Obama joined together at a joint press event held in New York.  PM Modi addressed President Barack Obama on various concerns. He spoke about the Partnership of India and United States of America  and said that this mutual cooperation of the two countries has its importance in itself. He stated that there are many factors for this driving force like innovation, youth, technology and the mutual approach of both countries towards advancing human progress. Both nations have contributed their efforts in support of each other. According to him, when he see California, it reminds him the fact that the United States and India are part of the dynamic Asia Pacific Region.

 With this international partnership and mutual cooperation, both nations have achieved significant progress. Both countries set ambitious goals to meet the aspiration of humanity and development. We have shared long time commitment for various causes like climate change, innovation, technology, sustainable development and its goals & conserving nature.

The economic partnership is very important for the long term bonds. Mr. Modi stated that we had excellent meetings with the top notch business leaders of San Jose and New York. They have such a confidence in my nation. I respect their suggestions, values and feedbacks. It will surely result in fruitful development.

 India and United States of America have shared the bilateral partnership in the energy sector, focusing on the efficiency and the sources of renewable energy.

He was thankful to President Obama for his positive response towards global public partnership as it can result in developing affordable, accessible and clean energy sources. These will get utilized all over the world as Renewable Clean energy Sources. If both countries will work together on a common goal, then it will become easier to achieve the target. We can develop efficient mechanisms to make the clean energy plan accessible and affordable in the world.

 Our last and present meetings demonstrate the diversity of our relationship.  It is very productive to advance immediate priorities and our broader strategic partnership. With this, we will continue to work on the bilateral framework of Bilateral Investment Treaty, Totalization Agreement and economic cooperation.

 The partnership of both countries addresses a wide range of security and strategic  concerns. He admired the development in giving shape to Pacific and Indian Ocean Regions and Joint Strategic Vision on Asia.  It will strengthen the maritime security cooperation.

 PM, Modi said, “ I appreciate the continued support of U.S. For the membership of India in the International export Control Regimes. I promise to complete the reform process in a fixed time span.” He said, “ I am looking forward to work with U.S. for the early membership of India in Asian Pacific Economic Community.”

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India becomes the highest FDI destination

Indians can cheer about recent development as far investments is concerned. Attracting foreign investments have been the forte of Modi Government. Narendra Modi have time and again made sure in all his speeches in India and overseas to mention role of Investment in emerging economy as India.

Welcoming investment in India and building on trust of foreign investors which took downturn in past few years by projecting future developments through input minimization due to availability of labour and work force in abundance, infrastructure, young talent (India has one of the largest pool of youngsters in the world) have been the priority of Narendra Modi. Modi Government need to be credited for fostering FDI (foreign direct investment) which was need of the time. Modi’s recent visit to Silicon Valley have also triggered interest from software and technology leaders. His meet with Fortune 500 CEO’s, Mark Zukerberg, Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadela further justifies the motive and agenda of NDA Government.

According to Financial Times, India has emerged as the top destination for Foreign Direct Investments as compared to US and China. Last year India ranked 5th in Capital investment following US, China, Mexico and UK. In the first half of 2015, India has attracted $31 Billion which’s ahead of China’s $28 Billion and $27 Billion of US. Finance minister of India Arun Jaitley expressed pleasure and said, “The government efforts are paying off as India has become the highest destination for Greenfield projects.”

India has also moved up to rank 55th which’s a jump of 16 positions from previous year on global index of the world’s most competitive economies, where Switzerland still remains on top from past six years. Country’s recent economic recovery, improvement in the competitiveness of the country’s institutions, its macroeconomic environment, improvement in infrastructure and effort of Narendra Modi in building trust of investors have contributed to the jump in position. In past few months Modi Government has unveiled several initiatives such as ‘Make in India‘ and ‘Digital India‘ to lure investors. India is also going to benefit from the slowdown in China and falling Oil prices which will help Government in maintaining surplus and cutting on deficit.

India rank 55th in global index

 

Relaxation in Foreign Direct Investment norms by Modi Government in various sectors including Railways, Defence, construction, medical devices and insurance have added to the surge in FDI investment. Cutting down on tedious paper work, simplification of application, online help have made things extremely easy. This would also mean improvement in Global rank of ease in doing business where India rank poorly at 142 position among 189 countries worldwide. Narendra Modi have mentioned that increasing India’s position by 50 and coming under top 100 would be the top most priority of NDA Government. India increased about 18 billion FDI inflow in the first half of this year as compared to last year, which stood at 12 billion dollar.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch released a note which said that India is on pace to overtake Brazil as the second largest emerging market following China this year, and will surpass UK in 2019 and France in 2017. How well India is going to maintain the momentum and build on recent developments would be the test of time and Narendra Modi’s vision of developed India.

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