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 evaluationof 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.
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)