Narendra Modi’s anointment as India’s 15th Prime Minister has been a matter of great happiness and hope for the entire nation. He seemed like a spark in the dark which everyone needed for the better future of the country. By combining the various ministries , Modi has already given an instance of his ability to put the nation back on the right track of growth and development.
An overview of Ministries Combined:
The restructuring of his cabinet was a very thoughtful decision on his part wherein he combined seventeen of the ministries into seven. The size of the cabinet is reduced to two third. He did that with a motive to get better results and economic savings. To list out the changes, he combined ministry of overseas Indian Affairs with that of external affairs and it is now under Sushma Swaraj. Similarly, the ministry of corporate affairs was combined with finance ministry and is now managed by Arun Jaitely. Because of Nitin Gadkari’s appreciable record of developing roads and highways in the state of Maharashtra, he has been given the combined ministry of road transport, highways and shipping. Another major clubbing done by Modi is combining power, coal and renewable energy under the management of Piyush Goyal. For the purpose of creating jobs for the people of India, the department of youth affairs, skill development is united with HRD and labour ministries. The ministries of rural development, Panchayat Raj, Sanitation and drinking water were put under the management of Late Gopinath Munde who unfortunately deceased in a road accident on June 3, 2014. Currently, law, communication and information technology is given to Ravi Shankar Prasad who is a lawyer.
Apart from these, heavy industries and public enterprises are given to Anant Geete who belongs to the Shiv Sena. Civil aviation will now be handled by Ashok Gajapathi Raju who belongs to Telugu Desam Party. Ram Vilas Paswan from Lok Janshakti Party is handling consumer affairs, public distribution and food.
Cost Saved by combining Ministries:
Modi’s decision of combining various industries will save India a huge cost. Reportedly, a single Cabinet Minister has a personal staff of 15, and a Minister of State has 13 staff members. In addition to the salary of the ministers, his/her staff costs an additional expense of 10 lakhs per month to the Indian government. The expenses of a minister do not end here as another 10 lakh is spend every month on his/her office, residence and luxuries. The Centre monthly spends approximately Rs. 20 lakhs excluding the minister’s salary on any minister. By Modi’s thoughtful decision of combining ministries, BJP-led government will be saving Rs. 2,50,00000 on an individual minister.
Other Benefits of combining ministries:
The prime reason for which the restructuring was done was to save on the total funds available. Another reason for leaner ministries is smarter management. As per the statement given by the Prime Minister Modi, there should minimum government and maximum governance. This model where one cabinet minister will now head multiple ministries belonging to complimentary sectors is expected to improve the condition of India. If the bigger picture is seen, the model is made to have leaner top layers of the government but enlargement is done at the root levels. He has tried to keep like-minded ministries together to make an organic entity. All inter connected and inter related ministries are clubbed so that the development could be more comprehensive.
Earlier, there was too much of bifurcation which was hampering development because of multi-party government and instability. After this restructuring, the people of India are now expecting quick decision makin and clearance to several welfare schemes as well as development projects. In the end, everyone is now hoping for better policies in every area where there is a lot of scope of improvement. The savings in funds is expected to offer more development to the country.