Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have taken it upon himself to tackle the issue of India’s notorious red tape to clear tens of billions of dollars worth of stalled public projects. Modi is hoping that his hands-on intervention can bend a vast, dysfunctional bureaucracy
Modi has been holding meetings with top state and federal bureaucrats to check why projects have not got off the ground. Since March this year, his intervention has helped revive nearly $60 billion in federal and state projects, according to government data through September seen by Reuters.
Modi has won plaudits for the initiative that has chipped away at a $150 billion backlog of planned roads, ports, railways, power stations and other projects. But equally, critics say, the fact he needs to personally intervene shows the level of government inertia in Asia’s third-biggest economy.