Minimum government, Maximum governance: Narendra Modi scraps four cabinet committees

A day after President Pranab Mukherjee shared with nation that the newly elected government will function on the mantra of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took another resolute step in making that a reality.

In another strong-minded decision on Tuesday, Modi scrapped four Cabinet committees to get rid of committees that slowed down decision making. The committees which were scrapped are: Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification (UIDAI), Cabinet Committee on Prices, Cabinet Committee on Management of Natural Calamities, and Cabinet Committee on World Trade Organisation (WTO) Matters.

Narenda Modi had earlier dissolved all Groups of Ministers (GoMs) and Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs) set up under the UPA regime of 10 years. There were nine EGoMs and 21 GoMs under the UPA government that deliberated on many key issues.

It is well known that these cabinet committees were formed under the leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh, in order to fasten the decision making process. The idea backfired as the groups and committees only slowed down the decision making but also shifted the accountability. The cabinet committees under the UPA regime failed to deliver as it could not take crucial decisions and failed in many crucial policy decisions. Singh’s formation of these Cabinet committees or GoMs or EGoMs was useful only to buy time.

The cabinet secretaries who were scrapped on Tuesday will work under several different heads from now on, said the official statement released by the PMO. Matters relating to Cabinet Committee on UIDAI-related issues will be brought under the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). Decisions regarding the functions of the Cabinet Committee on Prices will also be taken care by the CCEA. The decisions of the Cabinet Committee on Management of Natural Calamities will now be managed by the Committee under the Cabinet Secretary whenever natural calamities occur. The functions of the Cabinet Committee on WTO will also be handled by the CCEA and, if necessary, by the full Cabinet.

Next on Narendra Modi’s list is re-constitution of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs and the Cabinet Committee on Security.

  • Abhishek Kumar

    With some new phrases and ideas almost every scheme announced in Presidents address to new parliament is the repetition of outgoing government schemes and programmes. State governments being the nodal agencies let us see how they implement Narendra Modi government schemes.

  • Abhishek Kumar

    Presidents address in parliament shows Narendra Modi promises but BJP has created a record of no cooperation with outgoing government how does it expect cooperation from Congress and regional parties lead state government remains to be seen.

  • Abhishek Kumar

    Heat continues. Monsoon is being predicted as deficient. The President said that his government is preparing for it. A good sign. Let us hope that the economy despite deficient rains is able to cope with and is able to revive the growth momentum.

  • Abhishek Kumar

    Hope Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi knows it that his government has no time for breath even. People are waiting good days. Now testing times ahead after so much of promises as performance would matter.

  • Abhishek Kumar

    Just as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, I would add, faith is in the heart of the believer. Every mother is dear to her offspring, the town one is born will always be nostalgic to the individual…The food you grew up with will always be looked forward to….

  • Abhishek Kumar

    Mr Narendra Modi, do something fast. Faith in religious and political leadership. Of course there are exceptions and I feel the pain of those who have been hurt and abused by the very same people they loved and trusted.

  • Abhishek Kumar

    Pakistan is burning with own fire. Regular attacks will destroy Hafiz connection with ISI and his party hold over Karachi . Yesterday his Hafiz Sayyid’s entire security was removed, satellite phone has been snatched by Pakistani rangers including 3 passports . He will be talking much mad in future .

  • Abhishek Kumar

    Hey folks, watch TV. Another attack by terrorists is now on in Karachi. Where’s the great Hafiz Sayyid ? Well, sleeping after a heavy lunch of chicken biriyani and dreaming that Modi has ordered it. Nawaz Sharif has ordered the elimination of these terrorists. Well, why can’t this guy first order the elimination of his Hafiz boy? Soul-mates, eh?