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5.35TH PRAGATI MEETING

  • The Prime Minister of India recently chaired the 35 edition of Pro-Active GovernanceAnd Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) – the Information and CommunicationTechnology (ICT) based multimodal platform, involving Central and State governments.
  • Ten projects were taken for review involving a total investment of Rs. 54,675 crore. Areview of Pradhan MantriBhartiya Jan AushadhiPariyojanawas also taken.

IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • Launched in 2015, PRAGATI is the multimodal platform for Pro-ActiveGovernance and Timely Implementation involving central and state governments.
  • It has been designed by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) team with the help ofthe National Informatics Center (NIC).
  • It enables the PM to discuss the issues with the concerned central and stateofficials with full information and latest visuals of the ground-level situation.

The PRAGATI platform uniquely bundles three latest technologies:

  • Digital data management, video-conferencing and geo-spatial technology.It is a three-tier system (PMO, Union Government Secretaries, and ChiefSecretaries of the States).

OBJECTIVE:

  1. Grievance Redressal.
  2. Programme Implementation.
  3. Project Monitoring.

 SIGNIFICANCE:

  • It promotes cooperative federalismas it brings together the Secretaries ofGovernment of India and the Chief Secretaries of the States.
  • It is a robust system for bringing e-transparency and e-accountability with realtimepresence and exchange among the key stakeholders.
  • It is an innovative project in e-governance and good governance.

CONCERNS:

  • The direct interaction of the PM with the state secretaries without involving thepolitical executives of the states is undermining the state political executive.
  • It is also said that this is leading to a concentration of power in the extraconstitutionaloffice of PMO.

 SOURCE: PIB

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