Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all his ministers to devote their weekends to reach out to people.
Interacting with his entire council of ministers, he told them not to dampen their spirits due to opposition onslaught in the parliament, which he alleged was building a “campaign on falsehood,” and instead concentrate on their work and coordination.
He asked them to “feel upbeat” about what the government is doing.
The prime minister told his ministerial colleagues that their language and work should reflect that they were working for the interest of last man in the queue. He advised them to work like messiahs of the poor.
Reports say that PM Modi wants that the achievements of the government should be taken to people in the simplest possible language.
In his 80-minute interaction with the entire council of ministers, he also asked them to engage with people and deliver what has been promised, by becoming an interface between government and people.
The ministers were asked to start visiting constituencies from the second week of January and spend at least 30 hours in areas assigned to them.
PM Modi also requested the ministers to periodically review the functioning of their departments.
He also asked them to work towards bringing government schemes to people. In his view the ministers should come up with people oriented ideas that can be included in the forthcoming union budget by January.
In his view, there should be “no last minute rush” to spend the money at the fag end of the financial year.
The prime minister also suggested that ministers should go to remote areas to meet people – particularly in rural India.
He also asked the ministers to remain in touch with MPs, so they don’t feel isolated and take their views and suggestions.
It was also decided that each minister would undertake a tour of two Parliamentary constituencies to apprise people of the decisions taken by the Modi government in the interest of the common man since it came to power in 2014.
The winter session will end on December 23, and it was time the government concentrated on “exposing” the Opposition outside Parliament.
This view came amid broad indications that the government would not be able to get the GST bill passed during the winter session with Congress stalling Parliament on National Herald case and other issues.