Unhappy with presentation, PM Modi walks out midway: Report

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked out of a meeting midway after being unhappy with the presentation made by a group of secretaries last week, reported Times of India.

The daily quotes its sources as saying that the PM walked out after asking the group to redo the presentation and put in more effort. ToI reports this as an unusual occurrence since Modi usually sits through presentations and participates in discussions.

The Prime Minister was unhappy with the presentation made by the group of secretaries in the agriculture and allied sectors and asked them to put in more effort into coming up with fresh ideas for policy intervention. Later, Modi walked out of the presentation made by the group on health, sanitation and urban development.

The proposals submitted by the eight Group of Secretaries to the Prime Minister last week, are being discussed again for incorporation in the upcoming Budget. Secretaries have also been asked to provide key points from each sector that could be part of the Budget speech of the Finance Minister.

The sector-wise discussions which commenced on January 11, are being held over a period of three-four days. “The inputs from these meetings will be further discussed with the Prime Minister, ” PTI’s sources said.

Finance Ministry is also seeking views regarding the upcoming Budget on Twitter. Earlier, the government had invited comments from public on Budget, which unveils the government’s priorities and spending pattern over the fiscal.

The Budget Session of the Parliament is scheduled to begin from January 31 and the 2017-18. Budget will be presented on February 1, amidst elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.

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