Post Mortem

More fruitful governance

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

 The BJP’s real mascot, the effervescent man in his late sixties Mr. Narendra Modi is the numero uno in the BJP party as his charismatic personality pulled the crowd and earned him and his party a landslide victory to claim for government formation for the second consecutive times. And now the question of who is the next important man after Narendra Modi in the Cabinet is over after Modi has entrusted the number two Cabinet position of Home Minister to Amit Shah the think-tank and the mastermind behind the poll strategies of the recent Lok Sabha elections. Moreover, Modi distributed crucial portfolios to debutants and several of his previous ministers including Nirmala Sitharaman reposing his trust in them for an excellent performance of his ministry.

Among the debutants, Amit Shah and S Jaishankar are the notable ministers who hold key portfolios and Modi perhaps would be happier to have his man Friday Amit Shah in the Cabinet as Shah is capable of handling the government with as much expertise as Modi himself. So, Modi’s responsibility and burden of work just reduce to half while Shah would be carrying out important policy matters in place of Modi. The duo seems to be in perfect sync as far as their works in the party and in the government are concerned.

In the first Cabinet meeting on Friday, the government announced the two key decisions. The first being the government’s decision to extend PM KISAN scheme to all 14.5 crore farmers costing Rs.87,000 crore a year and another being the Rs.10,000 crore pension scheme for 5 crore farmers, thereby fulfilling the BJP’s poll promise. 

The farmers in the country are in distress especially those whose crops were damaged due to inclement weather and the decision of the Cabinet to immediately address the farmers’ woes and immediate announcement of reliefs are indeed praise worthy. Equally important is the decision of the Cabinet to approve a new scheme, which assures minium monthly pension of Rs.3,000 to all shopkeepers, retail traders and self-employed persons after attaining the age of 60 years fulfilling its poll promise. Thus, Modi seriously started from the day one walking the talk.

Modi’s magic invoking a blend of youthful energy and experience into his Cabinet is superb and the induction of charming youngest minister Smriti Irani aged only 43 is a proof of Modi’s like for youthful energy. The fact that some old retreads who tasted the plum of office earlier have been kept out of his ministry to give rooms for new ones. In short, every Indian can expect more fruitful governance from Modi and company.

T K Nandanan, Kochi

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