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23rd February, 2023 POLITY AND GOVERNANCE

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Context: The Prime Minister of India chaired the 41st edition of the PRAGATI meeting.

Key Notes of the Meeting

  • In the meeting, 9 key infrastructure projects were reviewed;
    • 3 projects of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
    • 2 projects of the Ministry of Railways.
    • 1 project each was from the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  • These 9 projects have a combined cost of over Rs. 41,500 crores and they are related to the developmental work in 13 states.
  • The Prime Minister urged the Ministries and State Governments to utilize the PM GatiShakti portal for the planning of infrastructure projects.
    • He insisted on the expeditious resolution of land acquisition, utility shifting and other issues for the timely completion of projects.
    • He emphasised promoting and ensuring proper coordination between central government ministries and state governments.
  • The Prime Minister also reviewed ‘Mission Amrit Sarovar’. He advised all Ministries and State Governments to complete Amrit Sarovar's work in mission mode before the onset of the monsoon.
    • Prime Minister suggested block-level monitoring for the timely completion of the target of 50,000 Amrit Sarovars.

PRAGATI Platform

  • PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) Platform was launched in March 2015.
  • The main objective of the initiative is to introduce e-transparency and e-accountability with real-time presence and exchange among the key stakeholders to develop a culture of Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation of developmental projects.
  • The platform aimed at addressing the common man’s grievances and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India and projects selected by State Governments.
  • The PRAGATI platform works based on three technologies:
    • Digital data management.
    • Video-conferencing.
    • Geo-spatial technology.
  • It also boosts the principle of cooperative federalism, as it brings on one stage the Secretaries of the Government of India and the Chief Secretaries of the States.
  • With the help of this platform, the Prime Minister discuss the issues with the concerned Central and State officials with full information and the latest visuals of the ground-level situation.

Working Structure of PRAGATI

  • It is a 3-tier system (Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Union Government Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries of the States)
  • Prime Minister holds a monthly programme to interact with the Government of India Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries through Video-conferencing enabled by data and geo-informatics visuals.
    • The programme is generally held on the Fourth Wednesday (known as PRAGATI Day).
  • Issues to be presented before the PM are selected from the available database regarding Public Grievances, ongoing Programmes and pending Projects.
    • The selected issues are uploaded 7 days before the PRAGATI day. These issues can be viewed by the Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries.
    • Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries have to put their comments and updates about the flagged issues within three days.