An EGOM a day keeps the doc’s decisions away

A standout feature of the accident-prone second term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has been its seeming inclination to act first and think later, be it the creation of Telangana, the tabling of the women’s bill, or the insertion of a caste column in the census.

A concomitant feature has been the constitution of an “Empowered Group of Ministers” (EGOM) at the drop of a hat, as a device to buy time, to rectify hastily taken decisions, and to build consensus in what is at the end of the day, a coalition government.

At one time, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, for instance, headed nearly 50 EGOMs.


Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes in the Indian Express:

“The way in which the government uses the EGOM is unsettling…. The EGOM has become a peculiar institution. It is a backhanded acknowledgment of several things.

“First, that government gets into action only in a crisis which has in part been created by its own ministers. Second, the EGOMs signal a vacuum [on the part of the prme minister and the Cngress president] to fulfill one important function of government: to reconcile differences and be decisive.

“Third, the EGOMs may directly be contributing to skewed governmental priorities. Fourth, constantly referring to EGOMs is a signal that routine political coordination within the cabinet and party has broken down. An EGOM is more like a huddle in a crisis to broker deals than it is an instrument to promote public reason.”

Cartoon: courtesy E.P. Unny/ The Indian Express

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7 Responses to “An EGOM a day keeps the doc’s decisions away”

  1. harkol Says:

    Primary agenda before GoM: Save the good name of Gandhi family. As Kuldip nayar says in his nice article in dawn ( , Everything about Bhopal tragedy has Congress imprint on it.

    Indira Gandhi permitted an outdated, faulty machinary to be setup amid protests, and Rajiv Gandhi collaborated in the toning down of the charges.

    In fact, Kuldip nayar holds all arms (except legislature) responsible for the apathy. But, I feel Legislature has failed us too.

    Bhopal was an opportunity to amend our laws to bring in Class Actions, and Punitive Damages. Our tort law is laughable at present. We need to have laws that can bite hard. Attitudes will change once disincentives to callous/arbitrary and criminal behavior is in place.

  2. Kumar R C Says:

    Beautifully put, but what a predicament that our Singh(PM), Congress mighty President ( UPA’s– Ch’Ps)are in ?
    God save the Queen, all the Queen’s men & all the Q’s xxxx cannot put the humpty dumpty together again. Bhopal has done them in. All the EGOM – or EEGOM cannot make any difference. Ex-Pm Smt I Gandhi must be rolling in her ……

  3. Bangalore Boy Says:

    wow…is this churumuri?
    something against the UPA!!!
    I just can’t beleive it :)

  4. Indu Ramesh Says:

    It is true. The Congress seems to have built a wall around the Gandhi family. It is shamefull that P. V. Narasimha Rao’s name is dragged into every tragedy that Congress has been responsible for, be it the 1984 porom on the Sikhs, the Babri Masjid, the Punjab operations and now the Bhopal massacre. Whatever happens, Madam and her family have to be saved. God save my country from these boot lickers.

  5. dharma Says:

    To protect the real culprit Rajiv.

  6. AnotherOne Says:

    The EGOM is to make sure that the blame does not fall on the Queen, King, Prince, Queens’ Mother In Law, Queens’ Mother In Laws’ father …. but then safely blame the ‘outsiders’ Arjun Singh, PV Narasimha Rao.

    The other day congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan was reacting to Modi and said that is immoral to drag Sonia into this as she wasn’t in active politics at that time. The question here is, Not then but now what is stopping her to act?

    Also I think our ministers are super humans for the following reasons

    1. In a given 24 hours manage their own ministries for a billion people and also be a part of so many committees, panels, boards….

    2. They seem to be experts in virtually anything under the sun and can decide for a billion people.

  7. dharma Says:

    It is very true “Anotherone”, our Ministers are “Sakalakalavallavan”.
    One day they are Min of Fin and later Home and later Foreign and later Rail and so on. But the best of them all is Sri Alagiri! Jai India!

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