Ministers interacted directly with netizens through Twitter using #AskYourGovt #AskYourGovt trended No. 1 on Twitter On the completion of one year of the NDA Government, Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal and Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry, Smt.Nirmala Sitharaman reached out to the people through social media and answered their queries Live using the Talkathon platform.
Answering to the questions asked on Twitter Shri Piyush Goyal, has said that this government has made India a safe Investment Destination and the Government has taken steps to improve ‘ease of doing business in India.’ The minister further mentioned that today because of transparent processes and government efforts there is no shortage of coal in power plants. Shri Goyal further suggested that states needed to cooperate with central government to achieve the Government’s aim of Affordable Power for all by 2019. He also emphasised that the Government has succeeded in bringing down the prices of LED lights from Rs. 310 to Rs. 81.93. Speaking on the steps to contain Carbon Emissions he said that the increasing carbon emissions are the biggest challenge facing the world. Elaborating further, he mentioned that the government plans to phase out the thermal power plants older than 25 years with the Ultra Super Critical power plants, which would have lesser carbon emissions.
Speaking on the occasion Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said that it is the first time that her ministry has decentralized the policy making process by asking the views of all the stakeholders for New Education Policy. She also mentioned about the new government initiatives like online e-Library which will be available free of cost to everyone, online virtual labs and an online portal – SWAYAM to provide Class IX to Class XII education, degree and diploma courses free of cost. She also mentioned the government is committed to improve the quality of education and learning outcomes.
Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned one year of corruption free government, bringing transparency in decision making and bringing accountability as the three most important achievements of the present NDA Government. Answering to the questions she said that the government had already launched an e-biz portal where all the major ministries and the state governments had been linked to facilitate getting permissions/licenses in a single window for different businesses. She also mentioned that this new initiative will improve the ‘Ease of doing business’ in the country. She also emphasized on the role of Government’s initiative like ‘Make in India’ and MUDRA bank in creating jobs in rural India and providing affordable credit to small businesses and traders respectively.