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Five social sector ministries join PM Gati Shakti

GS Paper 2

Syllabus: Social Justice/ Governance


Source: Financial express

 Context: Five key social sector departments – health, women and child development, rural development and panchayat raj, education, and housing and urban affairs – have joined the PM Gati Shakti Scheme, aimed at cutting India’s logistical costs

  • Implementing agency: DPIIT (Department for promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) of the commerce and industry ministry.


 How Gati Shakti will improve the functioning of these social sector departments:

  • Improved Planning of the projects
  • Improved coordination among departments e.g., concerned departments can upload their GIS data (Geographic Information System) to be shared among other departments.
  • Improved monitoring of projects
  • Improved evaluation of the impact of the projects.


About PM Gati-Shakti National Master Plan

 PM Gati Shakti Master Plan (2021), is a Rs. 100 lakh-crore project for developing ‘holistic infrastructure’. It aims to ensure the speed (Gati) and Power (Shakti) of infrastructure projects in the next four years, with a focus on expediting works on the ground, saving costs and creating jobs, and bringing down the logistics cost.

 Gati Shakti scheme will give the necessary push to infrastructure development:

  • Boost to infrastructure: A plug-and-play model for industrial parks. It will subsume National Infrastructure Pipeline launched in 2019
  • Helps solve logistical issues: India’s logistics cost burden is 13-14% of GDP, compared to 6-8% in more competitive economies.
  • Curbs red-tapism: g., the Railways has started a ‘Common Drawing Approval System’ on an online platform, so all the approvals can be accessed on one portal.
  • Increased coordination: Gati Shakti will bring together 16 infrastructure-related Ministries.
  • Incorporation of various projects from different ministries: Gati Shakti will incorporate the infrastructure schemes of various Union ministries and state governments: Bharatmala, Sagarmala, UDAN, inland waterways, dry/land ports, etc.


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PM GatiShakti — National Master Plan


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Q. Gati Shakti will ensure integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects in the coming years, with a focus on expediting works on the ground, saving costs and creating jobs. Discuss. (250 Words) (UPSC Mains 2022)