Amid talks of a Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a marathon five-hour meeting with his ministers and reviewed the performance of various ministries in spending budgetary allocations and implementing schemes in the past two years.
At the meeting, the prime minister also sought to know the number of schemes implemented by each ministry. He also told his ministers to make sure that the benefit of the schemes should reach the common man.
While the Cabinet ministers will “have a lot to answer for,” the government officials too will now not be able to duck the responsibility when it comes to delay in big projects (costing more than Rs 1,000 crore).
A committee of senior officials would now fix the responsibility of concerned department or officials before sending the escalated project cost for the Cabinet approval.
Reports suggest the move will help in preventing delays in big projects and boost the efficiency of departments.
This means the Centre will now give green signal to the escalated cost only after fixing the responsibility of the concerned department or officials involved in the delay.
For this the Centre has instructed the ministries to create a committee comprising senior officials to look into delayed projects and to understand the underlining cause behind it. And some ministries have already started the process of forming such a committee.
Most likely this will put the government officials in tizzy as it would be now mandatory for them to inform the Cabinet about the delay and reasons behind it.