RSS advises Yogi Adityanath to cut down on ministries ahead of the 2019 Elections


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been tasked with the job of cutting down the number of ministries in his government by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – the ideological mentor of the BJP. From the current 80, the number is likely to be brought down to 50, sources said.

This was one of the major agendas of the meeting between the Chief Minister and the senior RSS dignitaries, which took place in Delhi yesterday, the sources added.

Yogi Adityanath, who replaced Akhilesh Yadav following a sweeping majority in last year’s assembly elections, had initially formed a 45-member cabinet. It was expanded later for better governance of the country’s largest and most populous state.

Reducing the number of departments will involve a good amount of merging and scrapping and could lead to a reshuffle. A judicious trim, which would help the government improve efficiency could be vital at this point, in view of next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

The two-hour meeting in Delhi was attended by RSS executive head Bhaiyyaji Joshi and discussed the matter of next year’s Kumbh Mela in Allahabad too. The BJP is taking great care in the preparations for the religious gathering in view of next year’s general elections.

Last year, Niti Aayog had suggested bringing down the number of departments in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maxim of “Minimum government and maximum governance”. The government’s policy think-tank had been entrusted with the job of helping the Yogi Adityanath government to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of development.

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