During a major governance reform, sources revealed that the Center’s 77 ministers were divided into eight groups to improve the functioning of the Union government. This decision was reportedly taken after Prime Minister Modi chaired the âChintan Shivirsâ (brainstorming sessions) of the Council of Ministers. The sessions, which lasted nearly five hours each, focused on topics such as personal effectiveness, focused implementation, ministry operations and stakeholder engagement, party coordination and effective communication. and parliamentary practices.
According to the sources, PM Modi reviewed the work of the ministries, prompted suggestions for improving efficiency and placed special emphasis on the use of technology. Referring to the tiffin meetings between Cabinet colleagues when he served as CM of Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi urged his team to follow suit. Sources said the groups of ministers will oversee the implementation of similar initiatives in their ministries and the development of technology resources.
For example, they were reportedly asked to create a portal in each ministry that gives updates on the progress of the Centre’s flagship programs and policies and a dashboard for tracking decisions made by ministers. In addition, they were asked to develop stakeholder engagement programs, solicit feedback from retiring employees, and create a pool of professionals with expertise in the field. Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani and Anurag Thakur are among the coordinators of these groups, which will include nine to ten ministers each, according to sources.
Union ministerial reshuffle
On July 7 earlier this year, 43 ministers received the oath of office and secrecy from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan – a big step after criticism of the Centre’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Among them, RK Singh, Kiren Rijiju, Anurag Thakur, Hardeep Singh Puri and Parshottam Rupala were promoted from the Ministry of Defense to the rank of Cabinet. In addition, 12 Union ministers, including Thaawarchand Gehlot, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Harsh Vardhan and Sadananda Gowda, submitted their documents.
The new members of the Union Council of Ministers are Narayan Rane, Bhupender Yadav, Pashupati Paras, Anupriya Patel, Meenakshi Lekhi, Kapil Patil, Ajay Bhatt, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Virendra Kumar, Shobha Karandlaje, etc. Modi’s team grew to 77. More importantly, the new Cabinet is more representative in terms of caste, religion, region and experience than several other governments in the past.
(With contributions from the agency)