Short films to showcase Modi govt's achievements

It will be followed by press meet by heads of each ministeries

Here is a surprise for those who thought the Narendra Modi government had completed 100 days without any pomp and show. Preparations are on in each ministry to showcase their achievements in the three-month-old government.

Soon there will be short films to publicise the accomplishments of individual ministries, followed by press conferences by the ministers heading them. 

There will be no mention of Modi’s 100 days in power, but the idea is to compare the NDA’s short tenure with that of Manmohan Singh’s two terms in the previous UPA regime.

The ministries that will showcase their achievements through films and documentaries are finance, commerce, labour, women and child welfare and infrastructure, such as port, shipping and railways. Others will give detailed presentations to mediapersons and experts. The Finance Ministry will be the first to showcase its achievements.

Preparations are under way in full swing in North Block to capture the ministry's achievements in a short film on Friday. That will be followed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s press conference—his first since taking charge on May 27.  

The Home Ministry will  highlight its achievements such as arrests of prominent ultras like Maoist Sabyasachi Panda and Indian Mujahideen man Hyder Ali, accused in the Patna bomb blast targeting Modi. 

Efforts to repeal certain laws will also find mention when Rajnath Singh addresses a press conference.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the Commerce Ministry will showcase the setting up of an eBiz portal. It is a major initiative of the Modi government, through which it has sought to streamline project clearances by the Environment, Forest, Coal and Mines Ministries through a single window.

According to a senior government official, by March 31, 2015, no industry will have to go to any office to file for application clearance. The ministries are cautious because Modi has always emphasised that he does not believe in a 100-day agenda for a government that is going to last five years.

There may not have been any big-ticket announcements by the Modi government since it came to power, but the officials believe small steps have made a big difference in people’s lives by improving the ease of doing business.

Although officials are tight-lipped about the size and scale of the showcase to be conducted by each ministry, preparations and inter-ministerial consultations are on to make the programme a success.

“We are going to focus on what we have delivered in these three months and how our services have made a difference to the people—what it was earlier and what it is now,” a senior government official told Deccan Herald. However, he denied that it had anything to do with the government completing 100 days in office.

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