Narendra Modi aims for `minimum govt, maximum governance`; set to club ministries

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Monday, May 26, 2014 - 06:05

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: India`s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is cutting down on the number of ministers he will have in his Cabinet.

Modi, who takes oath as the PM later today at 6 pm, in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, and takes over the reins of the country from Manmohan Singh, took to Twitter Sunday night and said:

Apart from Modi announcing the move on Twitter, his office also released a statement last night stating that the PM-elect has "adopted (the) guiding principle of `minimum government and maximum governance` and also rationalization with a commitment to bring a change in the work culture and style of governance."

"The focus is on convergence in the activities of various ministries where one Cabinet minister will be heading a cluster of ministries who are working in complimentary sectors. Mr Modi is eventually aiming at Smart Governance where the top layers of Government will be downsized and there would be expansion at the grass root level," the statement added.

The statement described Modi`s move as a "good beginning" aimed at "more coordination between different departments" and bringing "a speed in process".

"In the ministry formation, the process of development will be more inclusive than it has been," it said further.
Modi is likely to, as per reports, merge several ministries like transport, which involves surface transport, shipping, metro and bullet trains. Some reports even claimed that Railways and Civil Aviation could also be merged with the transport portfolio.

Similarly, the Ministry for Overseas Indians could come under the External Affairs Ministry, Panchayati Raj could be merged with Rural Development, and Social Justice with Tribal Affairs.



First Published: Monday, May 26, 2014 - 03:25

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