PM reviews projects worth Rs 1.41 lakh crore at 33rd PRAGATI meeting

PRAGATI meeting

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PRAGATI meeting
PRAGATI meeting

In News:

  • The Prime Minister chaired the 33rd interaction involving Central and State governments through PRAGATI ICT platform,  and gave important directions.

News Summary:
  • The Prime Minister (PM) chaired the 33rd PRAGATI meeting and reviewed projects worth Rs 1.41 lakh crore, and took note of grievances across the country.
  • The projects taken up were of the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH), and Power Ministry, and related to ten states and UTs.
  • PM asked the concerned Secretaries of the Union Government and Chief Secretaries of the State Governments to ensure that they complete the work before time.
  • Prime Minister also asked the States to develop a State Export Strategy.
  • Grievances:
    • PM emphasized on the importance of grievance redressal, and said that focus should not only be on quantity of such redressals, but also on quality.
    • During the meeting, grievances related to COVID-19 and to the PM Awas Yojana (Gramin) were taken up.

About: PRAGATI

  • To make governance in India more efficient and responsive, an ICT-based platform PRAGATI was launched in 2015 for use at the highest levels of the government.
  • The multi-purpose and multi-modal platform PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation) is a unique integrating and interactive platform.
  • The IT-based redressal and monitoring system is aimed at:
    • Grievance Redressal – Addressing common man’s grievances
    • Programme Implementation – monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India 
    • Project Monitoring of projects flagged by State Governments.
  • It is a three-tier system – where the Prime Minister (PMO) interacts with the Union Government Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries of the States every month through Video-conferencing, enabled by Digital data management and geo-informatics visuals.
  • The system has been designed in-house by the PMO team with the help of National Informatics Center (NIC).
How it works:
  • Issues to be flagged before the PM are picked up from the available database regarding Public Grievances, on-going Programmes and pending Projects.
  • The system will ride on, strengthen and re-engineer the data bases of the CPGRAMS for grievances, Project Monitoring Group (PMG) and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. PRAGATI provides an interface and platform for all these three aspects.
  • It will also take into consideration various correspondences to PM’s office by the common people or from high dignitaries of States and/or developers of public projects;
  • The issues flagged are uploaded seven days prior to the PRAGATI meeting.
  • These issues can be viewed by the Union Government Secretaries and Chief Secretaries after entering into the application.
Making governance more efficient and responsive:
  • PRAGATI offers a unique combination in the direction of cooperative federalism since it brings on one stage the Secretaries of Government of India and the Chief Secretaries of the States.
  • The PM can discuss the issues with the concerned Central and State officials with full information and latest visuals of the ground level situation. Besides stalled projects, the platform has also helped in the review and improvement of several social sector schemes.
  • It is an innovative project in e-governance and good governance.
  • A built-in feature of PRAGATI is that any directions issued will remain in the system for further follow up and review till the finality of the matter.
Impact:
  • Its impact on making governance more efficient and responsive can be seen from the fact that till January, 2020, the 32 PRAGATI meetings saw a cumulative review of 275 projects with a total investment of over Rs. 12.5 lakh crore.
  • Grievance across 17 sectors have been taken up, and redressal has been initiated in many cases including farmers issues and disaster relief.

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