Chief Secretaries Told To Curb Delays In Infrastructure Projects

Chief Secretaries Told To Curb Delays In Infrastructure Projects

by Arun Kumar Das - Thursday, November 25, 2021 01:07 PM IST
Chief Secretaries Told To Curb Delays In Infrastructure ProjectsAn infra project in Agra.
  • The Prime Minister tells chief secretaries to use their professional experience in faster land acquisitions as delays are proving costly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked state chief secretaries to take keen interest in land acquisition while flagging delays in the process impacting time and cost overrun of infrastructure projects.

He has also directed the Forest and Environment Ministry to expedite the clearances for projects so that these get completed within the set time frame, sources said.

While chairing a PRAGATI meeting, the web-based review of delayed projects and central schemes across sectors, with all secretaries in the central government and state chief secretaries, the Prime Minister also directed the top bureaucrats to implement the flagship Poshan Abhiyan in mission mode in each state.

The Prime Minister asked “which parent doesn’t want nutrition for their children”, sources said.

“He said this should be considered as a scheme to be implemented not only by the Health Ministry or Women and Child Welfare Ministry, but also by all government departments, and greater involvement of state governments is more crucial for its success,” sources added.

In an official release, the PMO said, “He (PM) also talked about participation of self-help groups (SHGs) and other local organisations in promoting awareness about children’s health and nutrition at the grass root level, which will help in improving the reach and uptake of the Abhiyaan.”

On the issue of delay in land acquisition, the PM told the chief secretaries that they have enough experience of dealing with different critical issues and hence they should focus on faster land acquisitions. State government and local agencies play a more crucial role in land acquisition for all central government projects.

“The Prime Minister stressed upon timely completion of projects to avoid cost overruns,” the PMO said.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at

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