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PM’s 60-Point Action Plan

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    25th Oct, 2021

Context

Recently, the Centre has prepared a comprehensive 60-point action plan following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s marathon meeting with secretaries of all departments and ministries.

About

  • The 60-point plan is targeted at specific ministries and departments.
  • It can be broadly categorized under three heads:
    • leveraging IT and technology for governance
    • improving business climate
    • upgrading the civil services

Key-highlights of the major categories:

  • Leveraging IT and Technology for Governance:
  • There are several actionable inputs for the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology from streamlining the disbursement of scholarships to bridging the digital divide for underprivileged students by developing indigenous tablets and laptops.
  • Digitizing all land records by 2023 under the central database called ‘Matribhumi.’ Integration with the e-Courts system will provide transparency on title/possession-related issues.
  • Citizenship can be linked to birth certificates using technology and focus.
  • Improving Business Climate:
    • It includes the complete abolition of certain permits, reducing the cost of starting a business in 10 sectors and bringing it in line with Vietnam and Indonesia, automatic permitting information, and one-point access to all government services.
    • Incentives for timely land acquisition and forestry approval, a comprehensive Environment Management Act that makes for a variety of laws in the field.
    • An advisory platform for start-ups and skills programs in emerging sectors.
    • It uses the Geographic Information System (GIS) decision-making map to increase the country's GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
    • Aiming to find jobs while negotiating trade measures.
  • Upgrading the Civil Services
    • Capacity building (Mission Karamyogi) - training of officers on various aspects of infrastructure in both the Centre and states, infusion of expertise, and exposure to latest technologies for higher civil services.
    • Performance-oriented, clear, and targeted performance of Ministers and departments as is the case in the public sector, the mechanisms for dealing with countries with their limited jurisdiction, and the restructuring of departments through Government Technology Reconstruction (GPR) every ten years.
  • GPR is designed to address the 'problems' or 'needs' of an organization or its customers to improve the overall quality of services.
  • More Appointments of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) as data can be used effectively. All government information must be made accessible to all sectors.
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