The Prime Minister,
Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired his seventeenth interaction through
PRAGATI - the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance
and Timely Implementation.
The Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution
of grievances related to the telecom sector. Most of the grievances are
related to issues of poor service quality, connectivity and
non-functioning of landline connections. Secretary (Department of
Telecom) outlined the steps taken so far in this regard. The Prime
Minister emphasized the need for improving efficiency, and fixing
accountability at all levels to bring about a visible change in the
situation at the earliest. Recalling his review in April 2015, the Prime
Minister called for using available and existing technological solutions
to address the problems being faced by the people.
During a review of the progress of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
(Urban), the Prime Minister underlined the Union Government’s commitment
to provide Housing for All by 2022. He urged the States to come up with
strategies, time bound action plans and roadmap, and a monitoring
mechanism to follow up on this goal. He called for the use of latest
technology inputs to improve the pace and quality of work.
The Prime Minister urged all Secretaries of Government of India, and
Chief Secretaries to review the situation with regard to “Ease of Doing
Business.” Referring to the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business”
Report, he asked the officials to assess the progress based on the
parameters used in this Report. He also asked senior officials in the
Union Government to review the progress on a weekly basis.
The Prime Minister also reviewed the progress of vital infrastructure
projects in the railway, road, port, power and natural gas sectors,
spread over several states including Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra,
Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu,
Karnataka, Haryana, Bihar, West Bengal, and Meghalaya. The Prime
Minister reiterated the importance of completing projects in time, so
that cost overruns could be avoided, and the benefits of projects could
reach the people, as originally envisaged. Among the projects reviewed
today are: Birnihat-Shillong Railway Line; Jogbani-Biratnagar (Nepal)
Railway Line; Surat-Dahisar Highway; Gurgaon-Jaipur Highway; Chennai and
Ennore Port connectivity project; Cochin Shipyard dry-dock construction;
and the East Coast to West Coast Mallavaram-Bhopal-Bhilwara-Vijayapur
Natural Gas Pipeline.