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Modi decides to club ministries hours before taking charge

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 25, 2014
First Published: 23:18 IST(25/5/2014) | Last Updated: 15:16 IST(26/5/2014)

Ahead of being sworn in as India's 15th Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visited Rajghat and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi on Monday morning.

A number of Delhi BJP leaders including Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta were present at Rajghat. He also visited BJP veteran leader and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Modi, who led BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls, will be sworn in as the Prime Minister this evening in the forecourt of the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan at a grand function to be attended by foreign dignitaries including SAARC leaders.

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President Pranab Mukherjee will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and his Council of Ministers in the presence of a host of leaders, including outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, besides leaders of various other parties and Chief Ministers of a number of states.

The swearing-in is scheduled at 6pm on Monday.

On Sunday night, hours before he takes over as India’s 15th prime minister, the PM designate's office indicated a smaller size of the next government and clubbing of ministries for smarter governance.
 
A note from Modi’s secretariat said the PM-designate had “made a dent” in ministry formation by adopting, for the first time, a guiding principle of “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance”.

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“It is a good beginning in transforming entity of assembled ministries to organic ministries. It will bring more coordination between different departments, will be more effective and bring a speed in process,” the note stated.
 
The focus is on convergence in the activities of various ministries where one cabinet minister will be heading a cluster of ministries working in complimentary sectors.
 
According to the note, Modi is eventually aiming at smart governance, where the top layers of government will be downsized and there will be expansion at the grass-roots level.
 
Modi’s office said he was aware of the high expectations of the people.

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“For whole four days, he was busy with the formation of ministry and discussing various alternatives to effective governance, convergence and coordination between various ministries.
 
“Earlier, there was political instability and multi-party governments, the ministry formation was almost done in a bifurcated manner. Shri Narendra Modi tried in a rational manner to club like-minded departments in the ministry formation in such way to convert entity of assembled ministry to organic entity,” the note said.
 
“In the ministry formation, the process of development will be more inclusive than it has been.”

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(With inputs from PTI)


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