The two-and-a-half hour marathon meeting was intended to give the bureaucracy a greater role in decision-making with thrust on transparency and speedy and effective governance. In the meeting Modi listened extensively to the top bureaucrats and shared with their sentiments and circumstances.
He also stressed that implementation of decisions and programmes should not stuck in red-tape and asked secretaries to call or email him directly for suggestions or intervention required in resolving issues or expediting decisions.
first time a meeting by a Prime Minister directly with all the
secretaries without ministers. During the meeting Modi made initial
remarks and then asked secretaries to raise issues.
Discussions focused more on making governance more effective and about 25 secretaries spoke on the sectoral issues under their responsibility. Inflation, fiscal consolidation, controlling the current account deficit, clarity on tax administration and disinvestment in non-core sectors like steel and cement were the topics in the notes of Finance Ministry officials.
Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher's agenda topped issues like e-commerce retail, railways and construction development, hurdles in land acquisition and cumbersome project clearances and liberalising the FDI policy in defence, as reported by the media.
Power Ministry's top focus was round-the-clock power supply and easing of fuel shortages. And the Oil Ministry listed a list of pending decisions, including an increase in natural gas prices which was due on April 1.
Steels and Mines ministry's focused
areas were divestment of stake in PSUs such as SAIL and opening of