Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to write to chief ministers every three months on a list of projects stuck in red-tape in their states to seek their “personal attention”.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has been closely tracking the progress made in important infrastructure projects at the Centre. But there has been growing acknowledgement at the Centre that projects put on fast-track in Delhi were still getting stuck in the maze of regulations that exist in the states.
“The big challenge in meeting deadlines of projects has been the pervasive red-tape at the level of the state governments and local bodies.... The PM’s intervention will help us tide over this hurdle,” a government official told HT.
The cabinet secretariat’s Project Monitoring Group (PMG) had made the same point. For instance, it pointed that a potential developer required 61 permissions from the Centre to set up a project and 65 by the state. The PMG tracks over 500 projects.
At his third meeting to review progress in the infrastructure sector in December 2014, Modi had offered to intervene.
“It was decided that letters must be sent once in a quarter from the PM to chief ministers highlighting the cooperation required from their respective state governments for critical projects of the central government,” Alok Chaturvedi, joint secretary at the cabinet secretariat, said in a letter to central ministries accessed by HT.
Chaturvedi cited cabinet secretary Ajit Seth’s directions to senior bureaucrats requiring departments to provide a list of “critical projects” that are stuck and need the CM’s intervention.