In a move aimed at keeping his ministers on their toes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to hold monthly meetings with his council of ministers to review the execution of cabinet decisions taken by his government. These meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every month, the source said.
Modi chaired the first such meeting on Wednesday that had ministers of agriculture, fertilizers, rural development and consumer affairs reporting the implementation status of the cabinet’s decisions.
Sources said that by reviewing the policy decisions in front of his entire team, the PM wanted to make every member of his council of minister a “stakeholder”.
While a few ministers argued that it will take some time for the cabinet’s decisions to take shape on the ground, the PM insisted that every member of the council of ministers should have an idea about the decisions relating to other ministries as well.
“Ministers should share with their colleagues the cabinet decisions related to their ministries. This will help other ministers to know about it and popularise them among the masses. It should be a teamwork,” a source quoted PM as telling the ministers
The government, the source said, was keen to push growth and address the concerns of the farm sector, which has been under distress on account of a deficient monsoon.
The meeting comes close on the heels of presentations made by group of secretaries to the PM over the last fortnight on ideas to improve key areas of governance.
Modi had met his entire ministry on May 16, 2014 after taking charge of the government. He had met his senior cabinet colleagues again last December.
An official who did not want to be quoted said the PMO, which closely monitors the functioning of different ministries, has already prepared inputs for the meeting.