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Will a unified transport ministry be a reality in NaMo 2.0?

The Modi govt has once again started gauging prospects of merging rail, roads, aviation and shipping into one unified transport ministry as practiced in countries like China, Japan and a few others. Reportedly, a panel of secretaries was constituted by the PM to recommend transformative ideas about transport and infrastructure sectors to provide integrated multi-modal mobility solutions. Cities like London and New York have a single body to govern public transport.

 

Cabinet Secretary has already had a meeting with the panel of secretaries which may make a presentation of the proposal to the PM soon. The NaMo administration had conceived the idea of an omnibus transport ministry in its first term only which appears to continue in NaMo 2.0 as well.

18 Sep 2019
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Modi, the great leveler: Some old tactics don’t work in NaMo regime

Just keep matching dots ever since NaMo administration took over the command over the system and you would find a pattern. Modi has been a great leveler.

 

For Modi dispensation, everyone is made to realise that they are equal be it a commoner or a cabinet minister. No one can force any decision whatsoever their past had been as important decisions will have to be approved by the PMO and there is no guarantee that senior minister’s wish is always honored.

 

In the cases of appointment of bureaucrats, a senior union minister was denied officers of his choice during NaMo 1.0 but a minister close to Nagpur establishment was also very politely communicated recently that he would have to work with the same officers he was wanting to be removed despite the minister going to the extent of threatening.

16 Sep 2019
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Will a unified transport ministry be a reality in NaMo 2.0?

By IndianMandarins 18 Sep 2019

The Modi govt has once again started gauging prospects of merging rail, roads, aviation and shipping into one unified transport ministry as practiced in countries like China, Japan and a few others. Reportedly, a panel of secretaries was constituted by the PM to recommend transformative ideas about transport and infrastructure sectors to provide integrated multi-modal mobility solutions. Cities like London and New York have a single body to govern public transport.

 

Cabinet Secretary has already had a meeting with the panel of secretaries which may make a presentation of the proposal to the PM soon. The NaMo administration had conceived the idea of an omnibus transport ministry in its first term only which appears to continue in NaMo 2.0 as well.

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Modi, the great leveler: Some old tactics don’t work in NaMo regime

By IndianMandarins 16 Sep 2019

Just keep matching dots ever since NaMo administration took over the command over the system and you would find a pattern. Modi has been a great leveler.

 

For Modi dispensation, everyone is made to realise that they are equal be it a commoner or a cabinet minister. No one can force any decision whatsoever their past had been as important decisions will have to be approved by the PMO and there is no guarantee that senior minister’s wish is always honored.

 

In the cases of appointment of bureaucrats, a senior union minister was denied officers of his choice during NaMo 1.0 but a minister close to Nagpur establishment was also very politely communicated recently that he would have to work with the same officers he was wanting to be removed despite the minister going to the extent of threatening.

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Another achievement of IWAI: PM to inaugurate second MMT on Ganga

By IndianMandarins 10 Sep 2019

PM Modi will dedicate to the nation India’s second riverine Multi Modal terminal built under Jal Marg Vikas Project at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on 12 September, 2019. The PM will also inaugurate state-of-the-art terminal through a two-way digital communication system in Ranchi. Built at a cost of Rs 290 crore in about two years the project was implemented by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). it will open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways route.

 

PM himself had laid the foundation stone of Sahibganj MMT in April, 2017. This is the second of the three MMT being constructed on river Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).  Earlier, in November, 2018 the Prime Minister had inaugurated the MMT at Varanasi.

 

This will open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways. It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines in Rajmahal area to various thermal power plants located along NW-1. Other than coal, stone chips, fertilisers, cement and sugar are other commodities expected to be transported through the terminal.  This will help creating direct employment of about 600 people and indirect employment of about 3000 people in the region.

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Modi’s mission and Shah’s action earn brand equity

By IndianMandarins 07 Sep 2019

After the abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, J&K is returning to normalcy. Connectivity is retrieved and restrictions are lifted. The Govt has claimed that not a single casualty has taken place over a period of 30 days.

 

The flawless execution of ‘Mission Kashmir’ has apparently become the brand equity of Union Home Minister Amit Shah -- the most trusted lieutenant of the PM Modi. The government sorted out several tough tasks be it demonetisation, triple talaq, surgical strike and smashing the special status of Kashmir.

 

Amid oppositions from within and outside, Modi-Shah has not only nullified its attack but alienated Pakistan with its exhaustive home work before executing its plan. They did not allow the matter to get leaked to anyone at the home front.

 

There has been a general practice that all party meeting is convened before taking such big decisions but whenever the matter is discussed at all party meeting it is mostly recommended to Parliamentary Standing Committee and always remains in Limbo forever of which women reservation bill is a testimony.

 

The government played emotional card, divided opposition on the issue of Nationalism, put security arrangements well in place, Valley was cleansed from terrorists. But the government appeared resolute even if it had to evacuate Amarnath pilgrims and tourists in Kashmir facing their ire.

 

It is not that things remained hunky dory for the duo. The issue of demonetisation is still debatable, GDP has gone down to 5 per cent, cleanliness mission of Ganga proved to be a damp squib, unemployment still haunts the country but Modi-Shah duo take everything to a logical conclusion come what may.


The government neither succumbed to the pressure of political parties nor civil society on any of the issues as mentioned above. Moreover, they are rather preparing road map for J&K to ensure smooth elections in the state. BJP’s organizational structure is working day in and day out to ensure a win. De-radicalisation is another plan on which the government is very serious about in its K plan.

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PM Modi inaugurated ‘GARVI GUJARAT’ Sadan

By IndianMandarins 05 Sep 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated newly constructed Garvi Gujarat Sadan in New Delhi on 02 September 2019. PM takes a look at the model of Garvi Gujarat Sadan during inauguration while Neelesh Kumar Shah, Director (Projects), NBCC, seen explaining the Prime Minister about Structure. The project executed by NBCC, is an Iconic eco-friendly earthquake resistant Structure, a first of its kind in the capital. Built on an area of 20325 Sq mtr and at a cost of Rs. 131 crore, the Sadan has been completed in 3 months ahead of schedule.

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Rahul’s tweet on Yoga Day: Bad publicity can be better than no, or poor, media visibility ?

By IndianMandarins 22 Jun 2019

Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi has of late been keen on optics though for several awkward reasons. He tweeted on Friday appending a couple of pictures of Army Dog Unit under the caption ‘New India’. This has, indeed, tried to take a dig though in a roundabout way at the virtual cult that the ruling BJP has been able to build over the years around PM Narendra Modi and his pet programme Yoga Day which has attracted appreciation from across the world.

 

Rahul’s tweet with the picture of Army dog squad canines going through yoga motions alongside the Jawans of the unit on PM’s favourite Yoga Day, June 21, has greatly ruffled feathers in political quarters. The intended pun pulled by Congress leader has obviously been directed against the formidable rivals.

 

The people in power corridors say that RG’s tweet might have spurred from the fact that BJP appears to have grabbed most of the hot national issues from the hands of its opponents, leaving almost none for Congress.  

 

Yet, the tweet has become a media sensation at a time when the grand old party has been boycotting television debates by withdrawing its spokespersons and senior leaders from TV channels. Congress blames most media channels of habitually fawning over the BJP and the Government led by it and treating the Opposition, or mainly the Congress, with visible bias.

 

Thus, the Congress president has tried via his tweet to bounce back and possibly seize and dominate the media scene, courtesy a TV spectacle like Yoga Day, while his party is ostensibly shunning the TV channels for past few weeks or so.

 

More than being the brainchild of Rahul the tweet appears to be a salvo fired by the communications department of the Congress. The department has been drawing flak under the stewardship of Congress leader from Haryana Randeep Singh Surjewala for its weak media strategy and poor outreach. This is more so following the crushing defeat of the party in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

 

The Congress tweet clearly tries not only to toggle along millions of other Yoga Day posts on twitter but is also meant to send the BJP in a tizzy by scoring more hits and beating it in its favourite social media game. This is so while being unmindful of the savage troll that the Congress leader has to come to face by now for his quite controversial tweet. It has been castigated by top BJP Ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah among others.

 

The idea behind Rahul’s tweet has apparently been taken from the brand name of an old British music company HMV, or His Master’s Voice.

 

Rahul has indeed been mercilessly trolled. Yet, it appears that the idea behind his apparently bizarre move is that even bad publicity can be better than no, or poor, media visibility as has been the case with the Congress in recent times.

(By Abid Shah)

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Congress: Focus shifts to Lok Sabha leader post

By IndianMandarins 19 Jun 2019

Congress Party's delay in selecting and appointing new party President in place of Rahul Gandhi has opened the floodgates of jockeying and manipulation. Even as the delay is causing mass desertions in certain states, the party is unable to put its acts together.

Despite, energetic and creative party spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala's assertion that Rahul 'is and will remain' party president, not everyone is convinced about the feasibility of Surjewala's position in view of repeated assertion by Rahul that he owns up the party's 2019 national electoral debacle and the party must find his replacement.

As the uncertainty about who may lead the party shows no sign of being resolved in the immediate future, party circles have shifted focus on speculation about who may lead it in the Lok Sabha. With Kerala giving the party 15 seats, names of senior parliamentarians from there are doing the rounds. Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor is said to be a frontrunner. But he has a strong competitor in Suresh Kodikunnil. North Indian leaders seem to have been making a case for Manish Tiwari on the ground that he is good at both Hindi and English, and thus eminently qualifies for the post. The name of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is also in the reckoning. Not accidentally, both Suresh and Chowdhury participated in the all-party meeting called by the government on the eve of Lok Sabha session.

This uncertain state of affairs in the grand old party has opened up a window of opportunity for certain leaders to manipulate a position of influence for themselves. One such leader is MP CM Kamal Nath who may seem to be still nursing the feeling of hurt on Rahul's statement that some leaders worked more for their sons' successes than for the party. A while after that statement, Nath, along with his elected MP son Nakul called on PM Naren Modi setting the tongues rolling in the party.

On the eve of the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog last week, Nath held a dinner meeting with CMs of other Congress-ruled states. The move has sent off many signals. The one which is obvious may have been to coordinate the Congress’s stance at the scheduled Aayog meeting. The deeper one may be coordinated assertion of freedom since there is no one at the AICC who can advise them in the absence of Rahul who is away on a foreign tour. Personally, Nath may also be jockeying for a yet non-existent position of powerful coordinator of party’s five chief ministers. Of course, this may be challenged by both Ashok Gehlot and Amarinder Singh who have been CMs multiple times.

Amid all the power games, former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh remains the dark horse. Although his Rajya Sabha term ended last week, it may be renewed if the party high command wishes. No one could rule him out with certainty about a key position that he may soon come to hold.

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PM's agri committee: officers to be selected on rural track records

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2019

Officials have begun pitching for inclusion in the top-level committee to be formed soon for drafting a blueprint for structural reforms in agriculture. Since this new committee would have several central ministers and CMs like the previous GST Council and committees, all senior officers are vying for a place on the committee.

 

Since its formation may take a while, Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant may like to pick up officers who are more tuned with the PM's vision.

 

The formation of the committee was announced by the PM during the fifth governing council meeting of the Aayog.

 

On the Agenda of the meeting were the following items:

Transforming Agriculture: Need For Structural Reforms With Special Emphasis On Reforming Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act; and Essential Commodities Act (ECA) 

 

The following additional items were also there:

  • Rain-Water Harvesting
  • Drought Situation and Relief Measures
  • Aspirational Districts Programme – Achievements And Challenges

 

The Prime Minister called upon all the CMs, except a few absentees, to reform the agri-economy to generate employment and improve rural terms of trade.

 

The core agenda items included the need to review the implementation of the  Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and possible reform in the form of the Model APMC Act as well as exploring changes in the Essential Commodities Act, to ensure fair remuneration for the farmers, streamlining of supply, driving more investment into the sector and predictability of policy at national and regional levels.

 

The PM emphasized the need for undertaking structural reforms in agriculture including encouraging corporate investment, strengthening logistics and focusing on food processing.

 

NaMo appreciated the efforts of the States towards water conservation and urged all States to streamline and implement innovative water management measures. The creation of the Ministry of ‘Jal Shakti’, he pointed out, was a key step by the Union Government to develop an integrated and holistic perspective on the water as a developmental resource.

 

There was broad consensus on reducing water wastage, promoting efficient water conservation practices across States, with rain-water harvesting to be undertaken at the household and community level with proactive policy and investment support. Various Chief Ministers presented best practices from their respective states which can serve as templates for replication across the country.

 

Many States such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Gujarat, and Karnataka have adopted good practices in water conservation and rainwater harvesting. Some innovative steps include the Jalyukt Shivarin Maharashtra which made 11,000 villages drought free, Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyaan which resulted in five feet rise in groundwater in 21 districts, and Mission Kakatiya in Telangana which irrigates 19 Lakh Acres. Similarly, Sujalam Sufalam in Gujarat and artificial recharge scheme in Karnataka show that determined action produces good results. The spirit of the meeting was to build on the strength of every State so that each State can learn from the innovation and best practices of other States.

 

The Governing Council also reviewed the implementation of the Aspirational Districts Programme, which has emerged as a major policy innovation in driving inclusive growth. Rapid progress has been achieved across all Aspirational Districts that have participated in this program in 49 key performance indicators of human and social development. Various Chief Ministers noted the success of the program in their respective States and discussed possible schemes for extension of the program to rapidly develop blocks in remote and difficult areas so that the spirit of inclusive development is effectively enforced. The Prime Minister commended the district administration teams on implementing several ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas in the Aspirational Districts resulting in significant transformation in many districts.

 

The Prime Minister also reaffirmed the commitment of the Government to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE), noting that many of the aspirational districts are affected by Naxal violence. He assured the Council that the Ministry of Home Affairs will coordinate with all affected States to decisively end LWE violence and drive the agenda of development in these regions.

 

To achieve the goal of becoming a five trillion dollar economy by 2024, the Prime Minister urged States to aim at increasing their economy by 2 to 2.5 times, which would also increase the common man’s purchasing power. He called upon Chief Ministers to study their State's export potential and work on export promotion.

 

Central ministers and state chief ministers also discussed ways of boosting manufacturing activities and exports to realize the goal of the Indian economy expanding to $5 trillion by 2024. At the beginning of the meeting, Modi had urged all states to work together to tackle socio-economic problems and to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2024, which he said was a "challenging, but achievable" goal.

 

"We cannot be a $5 trillion economy unless states become champions in manufacturing and exports," Niti Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant said.

Rajiv Kumar said India's potential to make gains in the global market should be tapped. "Given what is going on in the global economy today, this is the time we should make the effort to benefit from the gaps emerging in the supply chain in global markets."

 

Kumar also said the Centre will find the contribution of state chief ministers in the Council meeting useful for the Union Budget for FY20, which will be presented in the first week of July.

 

The Council also discussed ways of accelerating developments of the J&K economy. Mining states such as Goa brought the attention of central ministers to their declining mining output. North Eastern states sought logistics support for exporting to other Asian economies. Punjab chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, who could not attend the meeting as he was indisposed, circulated his speech at the meeting, seeking the Central government's support for tackling the water crisis. Singh sought a one-time debt waiver to mitigate the distress of indebted farmers and double the annual assistance under the PM-KISAN scheme to ₹12,000 for farmers. He also sought inclusion of farm workers under this scheme.

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