Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP chief Amit Shah chaired a meeting with chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP ruled states in New Delhi in a bid to collect feedback from states on the impact of the Centre’s flagship schemes on the ground.
The agenda is to discuss the implementation of the central government’s schemes as well as the developmental works in these states.
Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah directed BJP CMs and deputy CMs on Monday to work for a ‘new India’ by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence, and focus on the welfare of the poor and farmers.
During the interaction with CMs and deputy CMs of BJP party, Modi discussed the status of implementation of various central welfare schemes in their respective states.
Addressing a meeting of Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states at the party office here, Modi told them to work towards creating a distinct identity of their states on the basis of their achievements.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked chief ministers of BJP ruled states to work in mission mode to realise the vision of a ‘New India’ by 2022 as he pushed for speedy implementation of pro-poor schemes and boosting transparency in government schemes.
The discussions were in the light of the 2019 general election for which BJP President Amit Shah has also been on a nationwide tour to strategize and collect feedback from state units.
Amit Shah had met some senior ministers and party leaders last week with a view to strengthen the Party in those areas where the party did not win in the 2014 general elections.
The meeting was called days after Shah met party leaders in New Delhi to discuss the strategy for 2019 elections. During the meeting, which was attended by eight Union Ministers, the BJP chief had set a target of 350-plus seats for BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
According to the sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah asked the CMs and deputy CMs of his party, to make all efforts to achieve the targets set to establish a ‘new India’ by 2022.
Modi and Shah will monitor the progress made by each BJP ruled state every three months. Special focus should be on doubling the income of farmers and the welfare of the backward sections.
The chief ministers have also been asked to make brief presentations on their flagship schemes which can be tweaked and implemented in other states as well. The CMs and deputy CMs also flagged issues and challenges specific to their respective states.
Three top Central leaders Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present in the meeting.
Chief ministers including Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh, Sarbananda Sonowal of Assam, Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan, Manohar Lal Khattar of Haryana, Vijay Rupani of Gujarat, Trivendra Singh Rawat of Uttarakhand, Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra, Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh, Virendra Singh of Manipur, Manohar Parrikar of Goa and Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh arrived at the BJP headquarters on Monday evening for the meeting. Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM Nirmal Singh and Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel were also present in the meeting.
According to the sources the prime minister also pitched for digital transactions through use of BHIM App in welfare schemes to eliminate corruption. The BJP governments were also asked to sign MoUs with other states, including those run by non BJP parties, to strengthen cultural exchanges, Modi added. Such exchanges will lead to ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’, Mr Adityanath said.
BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) is a Mobile App developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), based on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI). It was launched by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, at a Digi Dhan mela at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on 30 December 2016. It has been named after Dr. Bhimrao R. Ambedkar and is intended to facilitate e-payments directly through banks and as part of the 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation and drive towards cashless transactions.
The app supports all Indian banks which use that platform, which is built over the Immediate Payment Service infrastructure and allows the user to instantly transfer money between the bank accounts of any two parties.
The progress of the Sankalp Yatra that began on August 15, which will continue for a fortnight, was also discussed at the meeting. Modi has been holding stock taking meetings with Union ministers and senior bureaucrats since the end of the monsoon session.
As per the sources Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said, that the States will work harder to implement schemes like Ujjwala gas and the crop insurance schemes. The idea is to reach out to the last man in the queue. The states have to achieve the target of helping farmers double their incomes, provide more jobs and help those who have stayed out of the reach of state and central schemes. Plus all states have to coordinate with each other to achieve the objective.
Monday’s meeting comes at a time when there are talks of a possible Cabinet reshuffle and expansion at the Centre. Leaders from parties that are a part of the NDA are likely to join the Union Council of Ministers. Some of the non performing ministers may also be dropped, while a few others may see a change of portfolio.
The reshuffle was on the cards after former defence minister Manohar Parrikar stepped down and became the Goa chief minister and the charge was given to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, which is not an ideal situation for the government, as the standoff with China continues and relations with neighbour Pakistan are at an all time low.
The reshuffle is likely to see a new Information and Broadcasting minister, a post which was given to Union Textiles Minister, Smriti Irani, after the election of Venkaiah Naidu as the Vice President.