New tasks: Ministers to share best practices with colleagues, PM calls meeting of secretaries

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The reshuffle in July saw several new faces brought into the Union Council of Ministers (File photo)

NEW DELHI: Some ministers have been tasked to make presentations before their colleagues about how to improve efficiency at work and also share best practices. The first such presentations were made by Union ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday, where all ministers in the Narendra Modi government were physically present.
Sources said PM Narendra Modi asked all ministers to learn from each other and to be down to earth while dealing with people and issues. Sources said there will be half-a-dozen such interactions, which Modi has named as “Chintan Shivirs”. TOI has learnt that PM is likely to take a meeting of all secretaries of the central government departments on Saturday.
“The initiative is to share the best practices among ministers considering that there are many new faces in the Council of Ministers. The need to groom ministers of state to take up bigger responsibilities has been one of the focus of the government. The PM urged all ministers to maintain simplicity and find solutions to the problems. This is a good move to learn from each other,” said a source.
Sources added that the ministers have been asked to respond to letters and VIP references promptly. Recently, the cabinet secretary had also directed all ministries to clear the backlog of VIP references within a month.
Just before the last Cabinet reshuffle, the PM had asked senior ministers to step up monitoring of their works, listen to all stakeholders before taking decisions and to keep their ears to the ground.

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