Can ‘Clean India’ Clean Prime Minister Office?

Narendra Modi interacting with the Secretaries to the Government of India, in New Delhi on December 31, 2015.
Narendra Modi interacting with the Secretaries to the Government of India, in New Delhi on December 31, 2015.

While the ‘Clean India’ program introduced by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed miserably, Modi has now started a parody version of his initiative.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) today completed a special cleanliness drive under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) spanning over the fortnight.

According to PMO, the drive has resulted in the weeding out of over 10,000 files, and the transfer of 1,000 files of important archival value, to the National Archives of India.

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The voluntary and participative effort by officers and staff of the PMO, under the guidance of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Nripendra Misra, also resulted in the cleaning and beautification of lawns at the western entrance of PMO, removal of scrap and dismantled material, and disposal of e-waste.

On taking over as Prime Minister in May 2014, Modi had inspected the PMO, and called for maintaining cleanliness, which in turn would raise productivity. This is the third such major drive, after Modi took charge.

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Following the direction of the Prime Minister, several productivity and cleanliness related initiatives have been undertaken, including standardization of the processing of receipts and files.

The processing of physical petitions and online petitions has been segregated and an “Electronic Mail Management System” has been introduced resulting in reduction of time in the processing of public petitions from one month to one day.

Important Note

This is a blatant lie. You hardly get response to your letters or e-mails from any government department because bureaucrats and politicians are highly illiterate. They can’t write a proper response to public petitions.

If you are lucky enough to get a response, it will be a very generic response copied from the old letters of Britishers when they ruled India before 1947. And your problem will never be solved. Rather, you will be asked to contact some other government department because government officers never want to take any decision. PMO is talking a lot of bunkum about its efficiency. Don’t trust it.

Rakesh Raman

Further, according to PMO, online VVIP letter Monitoring System (VLMS), Meeting Management System and Dash Board System have been introduced, which increased the efficiency of the system and decreased the time consumed in the process considerably.

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Over the period since May 2014, more than one lakh files have been weeded out. As a result two record rooms became available for alternative use. Auction of old unused items also resulted in freeing two rooms. New workstations have been installed as part of progressive standardisation of work environment.

These efforts helped to free 1,800 square feet of office space within the PMO premises at South Block. This space now accommodates around 50 officials of Public Wing of the PMO, which earlier functioned from Rail Bhawan, due to space constraints at South Block.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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