Source: News Bharati English26 Oct 2016 19:01:32

New Delhi, Oct 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chaired his sixteenth interaction through PRAGATI. PRAGATI is a unique integrating and interactive platform which is aimed at addressing common man’s grievances, and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as State Governments.     

During this meeting Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, which largely include EPFO, ESIC, and Labour Commissioners.

Taking serious note about the large number of grievances of labourers and EPF beneficiaries, Prime Minister asked government officials to be more sensitive about labourers’ needs. He said that in a democracy, the labourers should not have to struggle to receive their legitimate dues.

He directed officials to develop an eco system to fix and finalize the issues related to the retirement benefits of all employees in time bound manner. In case of an untimely death, the papers should be completed within a specified time, and officers should be made accountable for the same he added.

On this occasion Secretary of Department of Labour briefed PM Modi about the recent improvements brought in the grievance redressal system. He also informed about the new initiatives like introduction of online transfer of claims; electronic challans;mobile applications and SMS alerts; linking UAN to Aadhaar numbers; introduction of tele-medicine; and empanelling of more super-speciality hospitals.

During a review of the progress of the e-NAM initiative, officials mentioned that e-NAM which began in April 2016 with 21 mandis spread over 8 states, has now expanded to 250 mandis spread over 10 states. 13 States have completed the process of amending the APMC Act.

Prime Minister has urged states to quickly make the required changes in the APMC Act, so that e-NAM could be enabled across the country. He said the farmer can benefit only if Assaying and Grading facilities are made available, so that the farmer can market his produce in mandis across the country. He also invited Chief Secretaries of States to give their suggestions on e-NAM.

During this meeting Prime Minister Modi also reviewed the progress of vital infrastructure projects in the railway, road, power and natural gas sectors. He reiterated the importance of completing projects in time, so that cost overruns could be avoided, and the benefits of projects could reach the people, as originally envisaged.

The Prime Minister also reviewed the progress about the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). He requested all Chief Secretaries to ensure that safe drinking water is made available to the residents of all 500 towns under AMRUT.

Informing about the new step of government regarding budget, Prime Minister said that the Union Budget presentation is being advanced by about a month to ensure speedier implementation of projects and schemes.

On the upcoming occasion of Sardar Patel Jayanti, the Prime Minister urged all Secretaries and Chief Secretaries to work towards ensuring that at least one website out of the departments and organizations under them, is available in all officially recognized Indian languages.

PRAGATI has been designed in-house by the PMO team with the help of National Informatics Center (NIC). It is aimed at starting a culture of Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. It is a robust system for bringing e-transparency.