UPA 2.0 : 100 days

As the deadline for the implementation of 100-day action plan nears, the PMO appears to have outshone all other wings of the government in delivering on the promises made in the President Pratibha Patil’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament on June 4. The most important of the initiatives promised — setting up of a delivery monitoring unit within the PMO to oversee and ensure effective delivery of government’s flagship programmes — was up and running within 40 days of installation of the government .The delivery monitoring unit will fast-track implementation of the selected programmes and ensure trouble-shooting through periodic reviews. Not only will the implementing ministry be required to submit a performance report to the PMO every quarter, but the stress would also be on making such information equally accessible to the common man. The Cabinet secretariat has ensured that ministries factor in equity, public accountablity and innovation into all the note and proposals sent for Cabinet’s consideration .In a pioneering step to overhaul medical education, the health ministry has decided to scrap specialisation-based regulatory councils and bring in a single regulator, to be called the NCHRH. Housing and Poverty Alleviation has finalised a draft plan introducing Rajiv Awas Yojana for slum dwellers under JNNURM, on the lines of Indira Awas Yojana for rural poor. Another good performer in the government’s opening 100 days is arguably the panchayti raj ministry, which has introduced gender equality at the grassroots level by introducing 50% reservation for women in panchayats .

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