Indian PM to bring deep reform of government in top agenda

NEW DELHI: The Indian new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to make an overall reform of government, according to a 10-point priority agenda published by local media Thursday.
Modi is due to address the nation later Thursday to declare the priorities, in a major action days after coming into office.
The local media said in order to build people’s confidence in the country’s government system famous for inefficiency and corruption, the Modi government will put overhaul of the bureaucratic system of the government of India on top of its priority, followed by seeking innovation ideas and promoting education, health and water supplies to people. Meanwhile, the inter-ministerial issues, transparency, economic concerns addressing mechanism, implementing government plans in time-bound manners, reform of infrastructure, and people-oriented government are also among the 10-point agenda.
One of the reasons for the government to fail to perform well is that Indian bureaucrats resort to strategic inaction to avoid the risk of being dragged into court cases because of controversial decisions taken by their political masters, said local analysts.
As chief minister of Gujarat, Modi has kept his competent government officials tenure stable for years, offered them freedom to innovate and deliver and take personal ownership of decisions, said Nripendra Mistra, Modi’s major aide.
“The entire machinery will be geared up to fulfill the mandate the new leader,” said Misra, the principal secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, said the local daily The Hindu.
Misra also sharply criticized the current status of government. “ I think we need to ask why despite large investments, completed power projects are not operational, why the NHAI (National Highways Authorities of India) is unable to deliver on road building targets, and why despite India’s rich natural resources, earnings from exports of minerals have come to a half while coal is being imported,” he said. 

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