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In the middle of a Parliament session that has seen fiery combat between the government and the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged his Council of Ministers to devise ways in which a people-oriented budget could be provided three months from now, and to ensure that the government’s achievements did not get obscured by negative propaganda.
At an interaction with Ministers at his residence in Delhi, the Prime Minister stressed that they must “innovate” on ideas to ensure delivery.
According to sources present at the meeting, “the Prime Minister asked the Ministers to look at the ministerial work in two ways, projects for which results manifest quickly and those that would have long gestation period.”
“He also said that the budget was to be one that would appeal to the people and therefore ministries should devise ways in which to channel these suggestions to the Finance Ministry, and in their own proposals for funding,” he said.
This was the first time the Prime Minister was meeting his Council of Ministers after the Bihar Assembly elections, although the dinner that was to be held following the meeting was cancelled. No reason was advanced by government sources on why the dinner was cancelled.
“Mr. Modi expressed the hope that whatever the government had managed to achieve in its tenure would be conveyed to people on the ground, and breach the aura of negativity that was surrounding the political discourse,” said a senior minister who was present at the meeting.
On Thursday, the Rajya Sabha continued its record of disruptions this week and had to be adjourned after Congress leaders raised the issue of what they termed an unconstitutional interference by Governor Rajkhowa in bringing down the Nabam Tuki government in Arunachal Pradesh.
From: The Hindu