After GoMs, Narendra Modi govt puts Cabinet panels in cold storage

Jun 11 2014, 08:21 IST
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Narendra Modi scrapped four Cabinet committees in an attempt to get rid of redundant structures that slowed down decision making Narendra Modi scrapped four Cabinet committees in an attempt to get rid of redundant structures that slowed down decision making
SummaryPM Narendra Modi scraps 4 Cabinet panels in an attempt to get rid of redundant structures that slowed down decision making.

After dissolving all groups of ministers (GoMs) and empowered groups of ministers (EGoMs) set up by the previous UPA government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday scrapped four Cabinet committees in an attempt to get rid of redundant structures that slowed down decision making.

Modi, who promises better governance by a smaller government, dissolved the Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the Cabinet Committee on Prices, the Cabinet Committee on Management of Natural Calamities and the Cabinet Committee on World Trade Organisation Matters to make decision making simple and easier.

There were nine EGoMs and 21 GoMs under the UPA government that deliberated on many key issues.

An official statement said that with regard to the Cabinet Committee on UIDAI-related issues, major decisions have already been taken and the remaining issues would be brought before the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The functions of the Cabinet Committee on Prices will also now be handled by the CCEA. The functions of the Cabinet Committee on Management of Natural Calamities will be handled by the committee under the Cabinet Secretary whenever natural calamities occur.

The affairs of the Cabinet Committee on World Trade Organisation Matters will also be handled by the CCCEA and, whenever necessary, by the full Cabinet.

The Prime Minister is also planning to reconstitute the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, the CCEA, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs and the Cabinet Committee on Security.

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