"One option was to do things methodically to mobilise the government
machinery, correct the many defects and ills which had crept into the
system, so as to provide long term benefits to the country in the form
of clean, efficient and fair governance.
"The other option was
to use the mandate to announce new populist schemes and bombard the
media with announcements to keep the people fooled. The latter course is
easier and people are used to it.
"However, I did not choose
this and instead chose the more difficult path of correcting the
defective government machinery in a quiet and methodical way. If I had
chosen the populist course, it would have been a breach of the trust
placed in me by the people," Modi told PTI.
Asked to enumerate
steps that he had taken to change the way the government works, he said,
"we have tried to remind government servants that they are servants of
the public and have restored discipline in Central government officers.
"The Prime Minister and the chief ministers are one team. The Cabinet
ministers and the state ministers are another team. The civil servants
at the Centre and the States are yet another team.
"This is the
only way we can successfully develop the country. We have taken a
number of steps for this and the abolition of the Planning Commission
and its replacement with NITI Aayog in which states are full partners is
a major step in this direction," he said.