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A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PTI
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PTI

Names of central govt schemes may have ‘PM’ prefixed to them

A group of ministers set up to suggest ways for increased visibility of central government schemes has given its recommendations

New Delhi: All central government schemes may soon have ‘PM’ or the names of nationalist leaders prefixed to them, and films highlighting the achievements of the Union government could be shown “mandatorily" before the screening of movies in every theatre.

These are among a set of recommendations by a group of ministers (GoM) set up to suggest ways for increased visibility of central government schemes and achievements in states and districts.

The internal note circulated at a meeting of the GoM chaired by parliamentary affairs minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has also recommended creating animation clips of various achievements of the government highlighting the “difference between the past and present" in a “humorous way".

It has suggested roping in the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry for execution. The GoM has suggested producing a film every two weeks to highlight the government’s achievements which will be played out before every film in every theatre “mandatorily", for which again it has recommended taking the I&B ministry’s help.

Against the backdrop of allegations that state governments often take the credit for central schemes, the GoM has recommended that the inauguration of central schemes should be done in the presence of Union ministers and members of Parliament (MPs) so that the role of the centre is highlighted.

It has also recommended enhancing the authority of MPs by giving them constitutional authority to carry out checks on execution of the schemes and build a system of penalties enforceable by the central government whenever there is lack of efficiency in execution of a scheme.

If the recommendations are implemented, the monitoring committees in districts for the schemes will be headed by MPs.

Currently, these are headed by district magistrates or superintendents of police. As per the note, the I&B ministry is amending rules to allow MPs to head the committees.

Keen to augment its presence in the media, the GoM has recommended that every minister should give a minimum of two interviews every week to the national broadcasters—Doordarshan and All India Radio—besides a particular news agency.

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