New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all states and ministries not to wait for the monthly PRAGATI review meetings chaired by him to resolve issues over projects and schemes, stressing that they should happen as a matter of habit while PRAGATI has helped in breaking the tendency of working in silos.
Modi made this observation at his last PRAGATI meet on April 25 amidst a rising tendency among states and ministries to resolve long-pending issues in key projects just before the PRAGATI meet, knowing well that the project will be taken up for review by the PM, senior government officials told ET.
This had been the case with many projects, including the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train venture which was reviewed at the last meeting; in fact, the Maharashtra government allotted land on the Bandra Kurla Exhibition ground for the underground station just before the meeting.
“He (the PM) emphasised that PRAGATI meeting will continue but Ministries/Departments/States/UTs should focus on completing their responsibilities and work in full co-ordination and should not keep waiting for PRAGATI meetings to resolve the issues.
He (the PM) stressed that it (PRAGATI) is a symbol of co-operative federalism and to break the tendency of working in silos,” as per the minutes of the April 25 meeting that were reviewed by ET. The PM said Centre-state coordination has increased as a result of PRAGATI whose 25 meetings so far have seen 227 projects worth over Rs 10 lakh crore being reviewed.
The 36-km Ahmedabad Metro Rail project, the other collaboration between India and Japan, besides the Bullet Train project, was also reviewed at the last meeting with the PM fixing September 2018 as the deadline for starting operations of the Phase 1 of the Metro Rail between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
The PM directed the Gujarat government to procure the rest of the land by May 31, coordinate with the Ministry of External Affairs to procure the rolling stock (metro coaches) from abroad in time and speed up execution with an aim of starting operations by September, as per the minutes.
Modi has also fixed September 2018 as the deadline for completion of another key project, the 400 KV Teesta III-Kishanganj Transmission Line of 214 km from Sikkim to West Bengal with the Mamata Banerjee government being asked to submit a proposal for forest clearance by May 15. He also asked the Maharashtra government to send teams of its officers to other states to implement the drip-micro irrigation scheme.
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