Leaders politicise PRAGATI Programme

Bhubaneswar, March 24: The politics began in Odisha over the Proactive Governance and Timely Implementationí (Pragati) programme, a move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the pending Central projects being implemented in various states.

The decision received several positive and negative views from the political leaders in the state. Under the programme, Modi will start interacting with the chief secretaries of all the states on the fourth Wednesday of every month through video-conferencing to review the central projects implemented in the states. The programme will start from March 25.

Reacting to the move, leader of Opposition Narsingh Mishra said that he did not like the idea of the PM to hold discussion over the implementation of various projects at the state secretary level. The PM should follow the protocol and interact with the CMs and Ministers of the concerned departments as per the democratic process, he said.

Similarly, Excise and Cooperation minister Damodar Rout criticised the move. He said that an elected PM should not ignore the elected CMs and talk to the chief secretaries. This would create a lot of confusion in the administrative process.

However, BJD spokesperson Samir Ranjan Dash welcomed the decision. He said that there was nothing wrong if the PM interacts with the chief secretaries. This will help implementing various Central programmes and augment the pending projects in the states.

The State BJP president KV Singhdeo supported the idea saying this will help in the implementation of the central projects in Odisha.

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