Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had tasked the GoMs and EGoMs by the PM to decide on specific issues. The GoMs recommendations had to be approved by cabinet while EGoMs were allowed to take decision on their own. It is to be noted that over 125 GoMs and EGoMs were formed by the Congress-led UPA.
Modi has said that ministries will now directly decide on policy. “Ministries and departments will process, at their level, issues pending before the EGoMs and GoMs and take decisions,” said a government release. If ministries find it tough to take a decision then cabinet secretariat and prime minister’s office will step in.
Experts maintain that the decision will make the decision-making process swift.
Durign the UPA regime almost all crucial policy matters – including Telangana, land acquisition and food security bills, modernisation of airports, spectrum allocation, bailout of Air India – were referred to GoMs. This often led to wastage of time and some claimed that it was responsible for the policy paralysis during the UPA regime.
Defending the ministerial groups, former information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said, “The GoMs brought into play collective wisdom and institutional experience. It acted as a single window clearance system.”
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said that Modi?s government is just five days old and has set an agenda for 100 days. Alvi added that the agenda set by Modi does not mention price rise and welfare of minorities. He added that it also has no deadline for bringing back black money.