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Busy days ahead for bureaucrats

With Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi known to be a no-nonsense, taskmaster, bureaucrats in cavernous offices on Raisina Hill are preparing themselves for a result-oriented work culture.

While Mr. Modi usually gives senior bureaucrats a free hand, they will have to show results and be accountable, sources said.

“A new work culture is likely to emerge with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) wielding real power with seamless coordination with all key Ministries,” a senior party leader familiar with Mr. Modi’s style of functioning said.

Among the first steps to streamline functioning, Mr. Modi is likely to do away with the practice of forming Groups of Ministers, a favourite practice of the United Progressive Alliance government, which at one time had about two dozen such groups.

Mr. Modi has met Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Home Secretary Anil Goswami and former Intelligence Bureau Director Ajit Doval to get a brief on the internal and external security situation.

Presentation

All key Ministries have been asked by the Cabinet Secretary to prepare a presentation for Mr. Modi, clearly marking their targets, policies, priority areas and budgetary needs.

The Prime Minister-designate, meanwhile, busied himself with working out the composition of the new Union Council of Ministers and acquainted himself with the challenges that his government was likely to face in the coming months.


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