PM Modi says pragmatism drives decision-making in NDA
New Delhi: Decision-making in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is driven not by ideology but by “pragmatism”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
“I believe that idealism and ideology alone are not enough for economic decision-making; apart from this pragmatism and practicality should also get their space. No matter what the sector is, when we talk about 21st century, then enterprise and innovation should be our guiding mantra,” Modi said, addressing the heads of central public sector enterprises (CPSEs).
The NDA has repeatedly argued that it is pro-poor and pro-business. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had said after presenting the current government’s first budget that he was on “both sides of poor and industry”.
The Prime Minister’s comments come in the backdrop of the Union government’s outreach to diverse groups over the last four years, including specific schemes to benefit Dalits, tribals, women and youth. Even on Monday, Modi made a reference to how big-ticket decisions such as electricity in every village and LPG connection to benefit women were made possible due to the efforts of CPSEs.
The Union government’s outreach comes at a time when the BJP is making efforts to widen its support base and looking at increasing its political footprint, particularly among socially disempowered communities such as Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
To make India a self-reliant economy, Modi urged CPSEs to help India import less by adopting alternative technologies for import substitution.
Modi exhorted CPSEs to help in making a New India through changes in technology and processes. For this, he said, PSUs would need a 5-P formula —Performance, Process, Persona, Procurement and Prepare.
“Several presentations were made by the CMDs of PSUs operating across various sectors. The big idea going forward is amalgamation of several PSUs working in the same areas into one mega entity. Also, there shall be a thrust on movement of government personnel into PSUs and vice-versa,” a government official who attended the PM’s meeting with PSU chiefs said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Utpal Bhaskar and Asit Ranjan Mishra contributed to this story.
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