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With the Narendra Modi government completing two years on May 26, ministers are leaving no stone unturned in order to highlight its achievements by planning extensive publicity campaigns.

A Group of Ministers (GoM) chaired by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been set up to suggest ways to increase the visibility of all central government schemes and achievements in states and districts.

As per the recommendations made by GoM, all central government schemes could soon have ‘PM’ or the names of nationalist leaders prefixed to them. In addition to the names, films highlighting the achievements of Narendra Modi dispensation could be made mandatory before screening of movies in every theatre.

An internal note circulated at a meeting of the GoM also revealed that the suggestions included creating animation clips of the success story of the government highlighting the “difference between the past and present” in a “humorous way”. The ministers want the Information and Broadcasting ministry to be roped in for the job.

To ensure that state governments do not take credit for central schemes, the GoM has also suggested that central schemes be inaugurated in the presence of Union ministers and MPs.

If the recommendations made by Union Ministers are implemented, the monitoring committees in districts for the schemes will be headed by MPs, which are now headed by District Magistrates or Superintendents of Police.

Meanwhile, BJP’s closest ally and its alliance partner in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena has slammed PM Modi and criticised the Centre’s decision to promote his government’s success story in cinema halls.

The saffron party, in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, stated that PM Narendra Modi is being praised as the incarnation of God by BJP leaders who are making such remarks at regular intervals.

As of Tuesday, the recommendations are still under advisement

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