Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday warned government officials who faced repeated complaints that stern action will be taken against them if they refused to mend their ways. Modi was chairing the ninth meeting of PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation), an IT-based multi-modal platform under which he interacts with top officials of various central departments and state governments via video conferencing.
Modi is said to have asked secretaries to carry out assessment of such employees and recommend action, including dismissal and slashing their pension, reported Times of India.
"Though he (the PM) specifically asked the excise and customs department to identify and take action against such officials, he said the message is for all secretaries and chief secretaries," TOI quoted a secretary-level official as saying.
Modi specifically took strong exception to people's complaints and grievances related to the customs and excise sector. He asked all Secretaries, whose departments have extensive public dealing, to set up a system for top-level monitoring of grievances immediately.
A PMO statement said Modi reviewed the progress of vital infrastructure projects in the road, railway, coal, power and renewable energy sectors, spread over several states, including Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan.
He also reviewed the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), the Jal Marg Vikas Project from Allahabad to Haldia and the progress of the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY).
The Prime Minister also reviewed the implementation of the National Old Age Pension Scheme and emphasised the need to ensure that beneficiaries receive the payment on time.
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