The Ministers of State would be asked to be more communicative and perform their assigned duties with accountability.

Today’s meeting assumes significance as it will take place against the backdrop of the Prime Minister’s ten-point agenda, which includes increasing investment, completing infrastructure projects in a time-bound manner and exploiting of natural resources, besides giving freedom to bureaucrats to take decisions and implement them.

Modi is expected to highlight his thrust areas and seek suggestions from his ministerial colleagues during the meeting.

Modi will be asking the Cabinet Ministers to work in coordination with Ministers of State and give them proper work.

Modi, who was sworn-in as the Prime Minister on May 26, has so far met his Cabinet colleagues twice. This would be the first meeting of his 45-members Cabinet before the first session of 16th Lok Sabha begins on June 4.

The deliberations are expected to be reflected in President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the joint sitting of Parliament next week.

Modi had earlier requested his ministers to set a timetable for the first 100 days, listing the priorities with focus on efficient governance and delivery and implementation of schemes and programmes.

In a bid to clean up the system, Modi had last week issued directives to his ministers advising them not to have their relatives as personal staff in the Ministry. He had also asked his Cabinet colleagues to discourage nepotism and granting contracts to relatives or friends. 

Installations of mobile towers in Naxal-affected region

It is also expected the installation works of mobile towers in Naxal-affected regions, which has been pending for a very long time, will be discussed in today’s meeting.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured the officials of Naxal Management Division that he will speak to the concerned officials of other ministries about the problems in this regard.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is stressing on the need of installing 2,199 new mobile towers in Naxal-affected regions to increase the connectivity but due to some obstructions raised by the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Information and Communications, the government has not taken this into consideration yet.

In last seven to eight years, Maoists have blown up more than 500 mobile towers.

Railways Ministry stops officers' promotion

The Railways Ministry has stopped promotion of officers in two of its secretarial services after alleged irregularities were pointed out by the Finance Ministry.

A scam had come to light in two lesser-known services -- Railway Board Secretariat Service (RBSS) and Railway Board Secretariat Clerical Service (RBSCS) -- where promotions were being made allegedly without following due procedures and bypassing the Union Cabinet's jurisdiction.

Terming it as a serious lapse, the Finance Ministry had written to Railways Ministry to revoke its decision for promoting these officials through cadre restructuring. Following this, the Railways Ministry decided to stop the whole exercise.

"It is noted that Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) have pointed out certain anomalies. Corrective action should be taken at the earliest. Further promotion based on this cadre restructuring should be carried out after the issue is resolved with the DoPT and MoF," former railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge had said in a noting on the file. 

In future, no cadre restructuring should be processed without following the due procedure as pointed out by MoF, he had said.


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