Promoted demonetisation? PM Modi seeks 3 months’ travel details from ministers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked minister for rural development Narendra Singh Tomar to coordinate with the ministries to procure details of tours undertaken during the last three months.india Updated: Feb 13, 2017 01:17 IST
Weeks after asking his ministers to travel across India and campaign on demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now sought details of tours undertaken by each minister.
“All ministers have been asked to submit details of their outstation tour programmes of the last three months. If not on tour, they should mention if they were in Delhi and attended office,” said a source.
The details of the officials tours of ministers for the past three months is expected to reveal who went where, and if, they had actually promoted demonetisation and the government’s push for cashless, said sources. The decision to demonetise Rs 500 and 1000 notes was taken on November 8.
Modi himself has been at the forefront of the campaign for demonetisation amid the Opposition’s onslaught and mixed reactions from economists and other experts.
During the winter session of Parliament, which was lost in din over demonetisation, Modi had urged his MPs and ministers to spread and reach out to different sections of the society to strike the right note about the cash ban exercise -- the biggest such exercise in any country.
The PMO has written to the ministers to provide the details of their tours during the last three months. The PM, in a recent cabinet meeting, personally gave the direction to his colleagues, sources added.
The ministers have been given time by Monday to submit their tour details. It is not exactly known what will happen if someone has been found not travelling to promote the government’s biggest monetary initiative.
Minister for rural development Narendra Singh Tomar has been directed to coordinate with the ministries for this task, the sources added.
“The idea is to know if the ministers visited places beyond their respective constituencies to promote initiatives of government, particularly demonetisation. The exercise is also aimed at knowing if they were balancing office work and field duties,” a source said.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Feb 12, 2017 18:00 IST