Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has wasted no time in establishing ground rules and work processes for his government, has reportedly told his ministers that there will be no renaming of projects begun by the previous regime as he bans “old-style functioning.”
Sources said he is also yet to decide whether he will at all address the nation in a live telecast, as there is a view that it’s an old form of interaction with the people of the country.
Sources said Mr. Modi, who tweets his thoughts every day and is an avowed fan of social media, could well choose to use the Parliament session beginning next week to share his top priorities.
Mr. Modi, said sources, handed a set of mantras to his ministers at his second cabinet meeting, apart from spelling out a 10-point priority agenda and asking each minister to prepare a list of issues that they will take up in the first 100 days in office, with a focus on efficiency, delivery systems and implementation.
The Prime Minister has reportedly told his ministers to focus on work content and delivery, emphasising that quality of governance is more important than spending time renaming running schemes.
New regimes in both states and at the Centre have notoriously renamed or in cases like Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu even scrapped schemes begun by previous governments run by rival parties.
Mr. Modi, who was sworn in on Monday evening, has kept his officials and ministers on their toes all week. Bureaucrats have been tasked to make presentations to him on the general health of their ministries and brief him on what they think needs to be done.
Mr. Modi has prioritized an economic turnaround with a focus on policy implementation, strengthening the bureaucracy and speeding infrastructure projects. He has also prioritized education, energy and water, sources said.