New Delhi, February 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired his seventeenth interaction through PRAGATI. During this meeting, Prime Minister Modi reviewed the progress of vital infrastructural projects in the railway, road, port, power and natural gas sectors, spread over several states.
PM Modi has asked Secretaries of Central Government Departments and State Chief Secretaries to review the situation with regard to Ease of Doing Business. Referring to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business” Report, he asked the officials to assess the progress based on the parameters used in the Report.
PM Modi also asked senior officials of the Central Government to review its progress on weekly basis. Interacting through PRAGATI, the Prime Minister also reviewed the progress of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and underlined the Government’s commitment to provide Housing for All by 2022.
He also asked the States to come up with strategies, time-bound action plans and roadmap, and a monitoring mechanism to follow up on this goal. He called for the use of latest technology inputs to improve the pace and quality of work.
The Prime Minister further reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to the telecom sector. He emphasized the need for improving efficiency and fixing accountability at all levels to bring about a visible change in the situation at the earliest.
The Prime Minister 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. Among the projects reviewed today are Birnihat-Shillong Railway Line; Jogbani-Biratnagar (Nepal) Railway Line; Surat-Dahisar Highway; Gurgaon-Jaipur Highway; Chennai and Ennore Port connectivity project; Cochin Shipyard dry-dock construction; and the East Coast to West Coast Mallavaram-Bhopal-Bhilwara-Vijayapur Natural Gas Pipeline.
Notably, 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. 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.