18 December, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked NDA ministers to fan out across the country from January to expose the Opposition’s stalling tactics in Parliament due to which several key bills are stuck.
Addressing a meeting of the Council of Ministers at his residence, Modi also asked the ministers to highlight the government’s achievements and its pro-poor policies.
The Prime Minister asked the ministers to feel upbeat about what the government is doing and not get rattled by the attack by the Opposition, which he alleged is building a campaign on falsehood.
During the meeting that lasted one-and-a-half-hours, Modi asked his Cabinet colleagues to take up the challenge of reaching the message about the government’s functioning to people through better connect with them. A detailed plan will be chalked out later but the ministers have been asked to start visiting constituencies from the second week of January and spend at least 30 hours in areas assigned to them.
Asking the ministers to periodically review the functioning of their departments, the Prime Minister stressed on the need to bring in innovative ideas for enhanced performance and improve the image of the government.
Modi was of the view that effort should be made to increase people’s participation in preparing budget for central government schemes and there should be no last minute rush to spend the money at the fag end of a financial year.
It was also decided that each minister would undertake a tour of two Parliamentary constituencies to apprise people of the decisions taken by the Modi government in the interest of the common man since it came to power in 2014.
Sources said, the Prime Minister was keen that the achievements of the government are taken to people in the simplest possible language. The general view at the meeting was that as the winter session is about to end on December 23, it was time the government concentrated on exposing the Opposition outside Parliament.
The Prime Minister also appealed to his ministerial colleagues to work for the poor and care for them through the schemes. He asked the ministers to remain in touch with party workers and meet them every weekend, besides being in regular touch with people.
On the North-East, which is a priority area for the Modi government, the Prime Minister asked the ministers to visit the North Eastern states more frequently and come up with inputs for the development of the region.