June 9, 2023

rime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his council of ministers to ensure that they reach office on time and also told them to avoid working from home.

In the first meeting of the council of ministers after the Narendra Modi-led dispensation assumed charge last month, the prime minister also asked senior ministers to hand-hold the new incumbents, sources said after the meeting.

Seeking to give more role to ministers of state, Narendra Modi said important files should be shared with them by the cabinet ministers. This, he said, would enhance productivity.

For ensuring faster approval on files, Narendra Modi said both the cabinet minister and his junior colleague can sit together to clear proposals, the sources said.

Emphasising on punctuality, Narendra Modi said all the ministers should reach office on time and spend a few minutes discussing latest developments in the ministry with the officials.

Narendra Modi further said ministers should come to office on a regular basis and avoid working from home.

At the same time, they should keep meeting party MPs and general public on a regular basis and can start by meeting parliamentarians from their respective states while suggesting that there is not much difference between a minister and an MP.

Narendra Modi also talked about the five-year agenda which every ministry has to formulate and an impactful decision needs to be taken in the first 100 days of the government.

During the meeting, Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar made a presentation on optimal utilisation of the Parliament session beginning Monday.

Narendra Tomar was the parliamentary affairs minister in the previous government.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a presentation on inviting inputs for the Union Budget which will be presented on July 5.

Railway minister Piyush Goyal made a presentation on five-year vision document for each Union ministry, the sources said.

The meeting of council of ministers was a regular feature in the previous tenure of the Modi government. He used to brief them about the government’s various welfare schemes and how to make people aware of those.

Narendra Modi used to review the performances of key ministries and sectors.

The Union Cabinet will also meet on Wednesday ahead of the council of ministers’ meeting.

With the Parliament session beginning next week, the ministers of state will have a key role as in most of the ministries they are responsible to handle parliamentary questions which are tabled on the floor of the House.

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