Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired his twenty-first interaction through PRAGATI, a ICT-based, multi-modal platform for pro-active governance and timely implementation. He reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to patents and trademarks. He asked the officers to work towards expediting the processing of patent and trademark applications. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of using latest available technology, to streamline the process, and reach global standards.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reviewed the progress of nine infrastructure projects including the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, and construction of four new AIIMS at Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh, Kalyani in West Bengal, Nagpur in Maharashtra, and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
In addition, he reviewed the smart cities projects. He said the challenge before everyone is now to ensure implementation and expeditious completion of the work in the 90 identified cities, with high quality. Reviewing the progress of the Forest Rights Act, the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of using space technology to determine the rights of tribal communities, and settle claims expeditiously.
On Government e-Marketplace (GeM), he said the portal has improved transparency, and has reduced wasteful expenditure. He asked the Chief Secretaries of all States to give priority to GeM in government procurements.
PRAGATI, an integrating and interactive platform aimed at addressing common man’s grievances, and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by state governments. The first twenty meetings of PRAGATI have seen a cumulative review of 183 projects with a total investment of Rs. 8.79 lakh crore. Resolution of Public Grievances has also been reviewed in 17 sectors.