Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be starting a monthly conference call with state chief secretaries and secretaries of the Union government starting March 25 for the speedy redressal of grievances and monitoring and implementation of projects.
The new governance programme has been called Pragati Proactive Governance and Timely Implementation.Pragati is expected to be a credible mechanism for redressal of public grievances.
The Pragati sessions will take place every fourth Wednesday.
During the interaction, PM will discuss and understand the problem areas and will give suitable directions. These directions will remain in the system for further follow-up and review till finality of the matter.”
Criticism is that : “greater respect for the federal structure of the country is necessary. It would be much better if the Prime Minister discusses the issues with the Chief Minister.”
Thus, the PMO’s monitoring of projects is helpful, but the initiative could give rise to concerns about the Centre-state framework.
The Pragati programme will attempt to find solutions for issues selected from the available data base regarding public grievances, on-going programmes and pending projects.
Key features of the PRAGATI application are as follows:
- It is a three-tier system (PMO, Union Government Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries of the States);
- Prime Minister will hold a monthly programme where he will interact with the Government of India Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries through Video-conferencing enabled by data and geo-informatics visuals;
- The first such programme was launched on 25th March, 2015 (Wednesday) at 3.30 PM;
- Now onwards, it will be held once in every month on Fourth Wednesday at 3.30 PM-to be known as PRAGATI Day.
- Issues to be flagged before the PM are picked up from the available database regarding Public Grievances, on-going Programmes and pending Projects;
- The system will ride on, strengthen and re-engineer the data bases of the CPGRAMS for grievances, Project Monitoring Group (PMG) and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. PRAGATI provides an interface and platform for all these three aspects.
- It will also take into consideration various correspondences to PM’s office by the common people or from high dignitaries of States and/or developers of public projects;
- The issues flagged are uploaded seven days prior to the PRAGATI day (i.e. on third Wednesday of every month).
- These issues can be viewed by the Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries after entering into the application;
- User ID and Password for each of the Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries have been created and made available;
- Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries will be able to see the issues pertaining to their Department /State;
- Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries have to put their comments and updates about the flagged issues within three days (i.e. by next Monday);
- One day – Tuesday is available to the PMO team to review the data entered by the Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries;
- The design is such, that when PM reviews the issue he should have on his screen the issue as well as the latest updates and visuals regarding the same;
The system has been designed in-house by the PMO team with the help of National Informatics Center (NIC). As the name suggests, it is aimed at starting a culture of Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. It is also a robust system for bringing e-transparency and e-accountability with real-time presence and exchange among the key stakeholders.