New Delhi: Ahead of Parliament's winter session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked his Council of Ministers to cut down on unnecessary tours to ensure their maximum presence during the month-long affair.
He also asked the ministers to be ready with bills pending in both Houses of Parliament along with new legislative proposals.
Chairing a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers a day after a rejig of the Cabinet, the Prime Minister also gave a pep talk to the newly-appointed ministers on how to go about their job.
He also discussed with his colleagues the strategy to ensure that the session beginning from November 24 and ending on December 23 remains a "smooth affair" for the government during which it plans to pass most of the old pending bills as well as some key new bills.
He advised the ministers to come prepared with proper answers for questions which are posed during Question Hour.
Known as a workaholic, Modi is learnt to have said that ministers do not have offs and they should be prepared to work even on public holidays.
Modi's focus on ensuring that Parliament functions without any hitch comes in the backdrop of the budget session that saw several disruptions.
The Prime Minister also chose the occasion to remind the Ministers of State that they should prove to be "assets" to their ministries. He said the Ministers of State should be given due responsibilities and the Cabinet ministers should ensure that they meet their junior colleagues in the Council of Ministers regularly.