Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met with the Chief Ministers and Deputy CMs of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-governed states at the part headquarters along with national party president Amit Shah. The meeting took place barely a week after Shah assigned organizational duties for senior party leaders for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. During the meeting with the CMs and deputy CMs, PM Modi assigned two broad assignments to them. According to Indian Express, PM Modi has asked everyone to learn from Amit Shah, who has undertaken a nationwide tour to highlight the 17 welfare schemes of the government in the form of a ‘Sushasan Yatra’.
Shah while talking about the tactics used by the Congress party members in the Rajya Sabha that has put a spanner in the constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), he said, “Let us go and do the pardafaash (expose) of Congress on this issue,” as quoted in the report. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also spoke on the same lines while concluding the event, he said, “The discussions were on ‘New India’. There were also discussions on the ways to double the income of farmers by 2022…. Also, how can we eliminate corruption through Digital India.” He added, “BJP will expose the anti anti-OBC and anti-poor face of the Congress before the people.”
As per a source who was present at the meeting, PM Modi asked the chief ministers to leverage the Direct Benefit Transfer mechanism using Aadhaar to curb pilferage in the delivery of welfare schemes. He encourages the chief ministers to adopt challenge-based selection for development grants like a ‘smart city’ model and the Government e-Market (GeM) initiative in their states. The sources was quoted saying, “The Prime Minister cited the smart city example to suggest that challenge/competition based selection model for any developmental project approval should be used to ensure proper groundwork goes into developmental work.”
PM Modi along with Shah will monitor the work undertaken by each state on the roadmap to 2022 every three months.