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“Unviable” Populist Schemes May Create Lanka-Like Scenario: Bureaucrats To PM Modi


New Delhi:

In a marathon assembly of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with senior bureaucrats, a number of officers raised concern over populist schemes introduced by a number of states, claiming they’re economically unsustainable and will take them down the identical path as Sri Lanka, sources stated on Sunday.

PM Modi held the four-hour-long assembly with secretaries of all departments at his camp workplace at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, on Saturday.

The assembly was additionally attended by Nationwide Safety Advisor Ajit Doval, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra and Cupboard Secretary Rajiv Gauba together with different high bureaucrats of the Union authorities.

In the course of the assembly, PM Modi categorically informed bureaucrats to come back out of the mentality of managing shortages to the brand new problem of managing surplus. He informed them to surrender the previous story of citing “poverty” as an excuse for not taking on main growth initiatives and requested them to undertake an even bigger perspective, the sources stated.

Citing the teamwork proven by the secretaries through the COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi stated they need to act as secretaries of the federal government of India and never merely as secretaries of their respective departments and will work as one group.

He additionally requested secretaries to offer suggestions and counsel loopholes in insurance policies of the federal government, together with these which aren’t associated to their respective ministries.

Greater than two dozen secretaries expressed their views and shared their suggestions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who heard them with an open thoughts, the sources stated.

This was the ninth such assembly of the prime minister with secretaries since 2014.

Two secretaries whereas citing a populist scheme introduced in latest meeting polls in a state, which is in financially dangerous form, and comparable schemes in different states stated they’re economically unsustainable and will take the states down the identical path as Sri Lanka, the sources stated.

Sri Lanka is at the moment experiencing its worst financial disaster in historical past. With lengthy strains for gas, cooking fuel and necessities briefly provide and lengthy hours of energy cuts the general public has been struggling for weeks.

Other than such conferences, Prime Minister Modi has additionally constituted six-sectoral teams of secretaries to counsel new concepts for general enchancment in governance. 

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