PM’s direct dealings with secretaries mark another first

In another first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet all department Secretaries on Tuesday evening at his residence without involving the Ministers concerned. An official source said the PMO’s directive indicated it would function like a Chief Minister’s Office, which often deals directly with department Secretaries. This would also mean restrictions on the power of Ministers.

Mr. Modi has already marked as a priority, more room for bureaucrats to function, with predictability of tenure and autonomy to innovate — something that he has always pointed out as the reason for Gujarat’s efficiency.

In the second Cabinet meeting, Mr. Modi had told his Ministers that he would be dealing with the secretaries directly.

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