Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gujarat out of sight, out of mind for Narendra Modi

GANDHINAGAR: Jul 25, 2013(7STARNEWS)Ever since he was made the chief of BJP\'s poll campaign committee, Narendra Modi appears to have lost interest in Gujarat.

Travel to Delhi and other states has increased and, even while in Gandhinagar, he does not have time for bureaucrats and he spends most of his time planning for 2014 elections with his core group of strategists and publicists.

He was busy last week reviewing details of 26 Lok Sabha constituencies of Gujarat and having marathon meetings with party leaders. In between, he kept meeting national leaders like Nitin Gadkari and his close aide Amit Shah.

Files pile up

All this has led to the derailment of cabinet meetings. Files are piling up and the babus are also busy discussing Modi\'s prospects. Modi\'s unavailability has resulted in piling up of official matters including postings, transfers and promotions of the babus. Two senior bureaucrats JN Singh and Anil Mukim got posting more than a month after their return from central deputation, while several officials have additional charges. Same is the case with police and state cadre officers whose files await clearance.

Policy paralysis

New drafts of a number of policies that have lapsed in the past are piling up in the CMO. These include agriculture policy, information technology policy, biotechnology policy and mining industry policy. Even pastoral land policy that is to be framed following Supreme Court orders is stuck in the CMO.

No chintan for Gujarat

Modi discontinued Chintan Shibir for government employees last year because of the assembly polls. The general administrative department forwarded the file for organizing it later but Modi\'s office turned it down. The bureaucrats are quite relieved that they don\'t have to listen to motivational lectures.

Anandiben likely Dy CM

Major portfolios earlier held by Modi like general administration, administrative reforms and training along with Narmada and Kalpsar have been handed over to Anandiben Patel and Saurabh Patel. An appointment of a deputy chief minister is on the cards to run the administration.
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