New Delhi: Faced with Opposition attack on issues including land ordinance and budget provisions, government on Friday huddled to work out a strategy to highlight its development initiatives.
At a meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and which was attended by 35 Union ministers, it was decided that the ministers would visit the states during the session recess period to highlight the government's initiatives, official sources said.
With Opposition in no mood to relent on the land bill and the measure unlikely to be passed in the Rajya Sabha, the ministers were also told to communicate to the people about objectives of the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill and the changes proposed by the government in the larger interests of farmers, rural people and the country's economic development.
The ministers are expected to focus on the enhanced devolution of financial resources to the states in a big way when they take the government's agenda to the people.
The NDA government accepted the key recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission including a 10 percentage point increase in the share of states in the Centre's tax revenue from the current 32 per cent to 42 per cent, the single- largest increase ever handed out to states.
The government has been citing this as yet another extension of the dispensation's spirit of cooperative federalism.
The meeting was attended by senior ministers Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Sadananda Gowda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, J P Nadda, Chaudhary Birendra Singh, Suresh Prabhu, Ananth Kumar, Harsh Vardhan, Najma Heptullah, Smriti Irani, Maneka Gandhi, Piyush Goyal Prakash Javadekar, Jitendra Singh and Juel Oram.
From the allies, those who attended the meeting included Ashok Gajapati Raju (TDP), Ram Vilas Paswan (LJSP) and Anant Geete (Shiv Sena).
The ministers discussed in detail about how to take to the people in an effective manner various initiatives taken by the government and convince them that a number of measures reflected in the General and Railway budgets are pro-people.
Government has been maintaining that both the Railway and the General budgets have gone well with the people claiming that concerns of all the sections of society have been addressed while seeking to further stimulate economic recovery.
The ministers also discussed the communication strategies to reach out to the people across the country on the government's initiatives using different forms of media besides through public meetings, sources in the government said.