A key aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rebutted Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who claimed Modi’s PMO had centralised the decision-making process, paralysing governance.
“I can tell you that the government is functioning as per the rules... the Transaction of Business Rules,” said PK Mishra, additional principal secretary to the PM, on the sidelines of the National Symposium on Excellence in Training for civil servants.
The 24-page Transaction of Business Rules spells out how the government has to conduct its business and the levels at which various decisions have to be taken. Treated as a secret document till about a decade back, this rulebook — that was drawn up in 1961 — has been amended on 68 occasions.
At a private event at the World Bank in Washington, Tharoor had reportedly argued that the Modi government was much more paralysed than it was believed to be in the “alleged days of policy paralysis under the UPA.”
“Everything is now controlled by the PMO. No one moves without an ‘ok’ from the PMO. Every file gets stuck in the PMO. There is a real worry about how much is going to get done,” Tharoor said.