It has been almost two years of Modi government and no news of corruption has been reported till date. Present government is considered pro-farmer, pro-youth and pro-development government.
Two years back, India saw a tremendous enthusiasm and a wave of hope when Mr. Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister. Modi government came to power with a clear mandate gifted to it by voters of India.
There was a wave against decades of unsuccessful and hopeless rule of congress. People of India had shown extreme faith in Congress for decades and gave it power several times; still the wheel of development was running at the slowest pace and train of corruption was at its highest speed. Politics of divide and rule played major role in politics. Regional parties also followed the same path. In place of development, discrimination and communalism became the tools to win elections. All the parties and politicians, be it regional or national, started to support some particular group of people based either on their religion or caste. Above all, everyone knows that corruption was at its height in India before these two years of Modi government.
While India was running towards bankruptcy, demons of unemployment and price hike were rising day by day, leaders and government official were busy making more and more money. Businessmen were ruling the government. Laws and policies were being made for the profit of some particular business houses. Poor were getting poorer and rich were getting richer. Migration rate was high. States like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are some of the examples of such incompatible governments and politics.
Migration is one of the greatest issues across the globe. Residents of poor states are forced to migrate to some other state for job and career. People who migrate for employment and not for business, become a burden on the economy of that place, which we shall discuss in another post. Alcoholism and materialism were being promoted to make the voters ignorant and gullible.
The statement that has been made earlier is not biased but based on facts and figures. Let’s discuss these facts:
- Total 18 major riots, claiming hundreds of death, have occurred in India before 2014 and 98% of them during Congress rule.
- Numerous minor riots, claiming 50 to 200 deaths, occurred before 2014.
- UP is on the top of the list of states that witnessed riots in 2013. With 247 incidents of communal violence, Uttar Pradesh achieves the first place in this list.
- Due to lack of proper policies for decades, conditions of farmers deteriorated and rate of suicide among farmers increased. Farmer suicides account for 11.2% of all suicides in India.
- High debt burdens, lack of irrigation facilities and government policies are responsible for such a plight of farmers.
- Education was being used just to promote particular family and to benefit particular party.
- After several years of freedom, education standards and facilities in India are still poor.
- After several decades of rule, caste based discrimination and poverty could not be removed by Congress rather it increased because of poor and short-sighted education system.
During these two years of Modi government, India has witnessed a great change and a wave of new type of politics based on development. However, let’s now focus on policies and achievements of Modi Government. Most of the economists and scholars have called this government a pro-poor, pro-farmer, pro-women, pro-youth and pro-development government.
Policies and Schemes:
- Pradhan mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (World’s largest Financial Inclusion programme)-More than 15 crore bank accounts opened, over 10 crore RuPay debit cards issued, with life cover, pension
- Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Antyodaya Yojana
- Mission Housing for all
- Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Bank (MUDRA Bank)
- My Gov Online Platform
- Digital India
- Make In India
- Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana
- National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
- National Sports Talent Search Scheme
- Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan
- Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat
- Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teacher Training
- Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan
- Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna
- Atal Pension Yojna
- Krishi Sinchai Yojna
- Suraksha Bima Yojna
- Mudra Bank Yojna
- Garib Kalyan Yojna
- Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna
- Gold Monetization Scheme
- One Rank One Pension
- Smart City Yojna
- Fasal Bima Yojna
- Jeevan Jyoti Beema Yojna
These are only few of the several schemes launched by Modi government for the welfare of Indians. However, mainstream media and parties led by Congress backed by the Anti-Modi lobby have consistently tried to paint everything done by present central government in black. There are some more achievements of the present government.
What global experts think about Modi?
In November 2014, prominent marketing guru Philip Kotler said, “I am high on Modi and the Indian Prime Minister is like ‘a breath of fresh air’.”
In March 2015, IMF chief Christine Lagarde stated how after the Modi government came into power, the inflation had come down to approx 5% while revised gross domestic product (GDP) data was pointing to a growth at 7.4% and will help India better even China.
In May 2015, President of World Bank Group Mr. Jim Yong Kim found policies and schemes of Modi government visionary.
Tweet by Jim Yong Kim
Dated 26 May 2015, 10:35 pm.
Achievements of Modi Government:
- Total 7756 villages electirified till date under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna
- Modi government’s Swacch Bharat mission has built 80 lakhs toilets
- India’s first rail auto hub to come up in Chennai
- According to rail budget 2016-2017: Savings of Rs. 8,720 crore neutralizing most of the revenue shortfall, expected OR 90% during 2015-16.
Introduced 1,780 Automatic Ticket Vending Machines, mobile apps &GoIndia smartcard for cashless purchase of UTS and PRS tickets, enhanced capacityof e-ticketing system from 2,000 tickets per minute to 7,200 tickets per minute and to support 1,20,000 concurrent users as against only 40,000 earlier.
- New institutes of excellence have been announced by Modi government, making development more regionally balanced with states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Assam getting AIIMS, IITs and IIMs.
- Modi government announced defence projects worth Rs. 80,000 crore insisting more on to make in India rather than purchasing it at much higher price from other countries. The report also talked about another major initiative towards social security highlighting the benefits of the Jan Dhan Yojana.
Foreign Policy: (Major Success)
- Nepal Relief
- FDI assured from China, Japan, Australia, US etc. of more than USD 70 billion
- Thrust on UN Permanent Security Council seat
- Doval policy – If Pak troubles Kashmir, then threaten to disturb Baluchistan
- PM Modi visited most of the important countries and built a future relationship with their Leaders
- Developed dependable big brother image in SAARC – exploring a bridge connecting India to Sri Lanka from Rameswaram, Nepal wooed with aid
- Bangladesh boundary settlement
- Moving closer to ASEAN with Act East policy and also closer to Central Asia
- India to become full time member of SCO next year
- India took Chabahar port in Iran for development and now will have a direct access to Afghanistan and Central Asia through it– thereby countering China’s Gwadar
More Foreign Direct Investment: Though, there was no big-bang busting India open to international competition and deregulation during first year of Modi government; however, Mr. Modi must get credit for allowing more FDI in the insurance, defense and other sectors.
Diesel Deregulation: It was politically unpopular move which was delayed for years. Prime minister just ripped the Band-Aid off and freed up diesel prices to move with the global market, potentially saving the government billions of dollars.
GDP Growth: During Mr. Narendra Modi’s rule, India overtook China as the fastest growing large economy in the world.
Global Diplomacy: Though Mr. Modi was not so much successful in making a big headway with biggest rival–Pakistan; Mr. Modi’s tours to foreign countries brought the country closer to most of its other neighboring nations and raised the India’s profile around the world. Getting President Barack Obama to India for Republic Day was a brilliant public relations coup.
Telecom and coal Auctions: Coal mining rights and telecommunications bandwidth were at the center of the biggest scandals that helped to sink the Congress party in general elections in 2014. BJP did not shy away from putting them back on the block to help raise money for the government and kick-start growth in these crucial sectors.
Corruption and Scandal Free: The government has successfully completed two years but so far in Mr. Modi’s leadership, there has been no scandal to suggest that the latest people in power are corrupt like the last batch.
There are numerous other achievements of Narendra Modi’s government which, because of the limitation of time, I am unable to mention here. However, there have been several illegitimate issues raised by several opposition parties and minor leaders in attempt to earn some fame for example degree row created by Kejriwal.
Most of the scholars and economists (I am not talking about communist scholars since they are conservative and narrow-minded) consider these two years of Modi government successful.