Narendra Modi swept into power in May 2014, and has pushed his opponents to the fringe margins of the Indian Political map. From that end itself, the picture looks brighter than it has ever been for the country. NaMo has made a start, and delivered to the extent that that stockpile of doubters may not even be around in a couple of years.
1. The earlier government had TOO MANY decision making Panels. Modi has ONE
Too many GoMs (Group of Ministers) and EGoMs (Empowered Group of Ministers) implied policy paralysis
. With there being many power centers, a multi-disciplinary approach at best was experimental but UPA II appeared to be messing it up completely. All these dozens of decision making panels just proved the best means to 1) Delay decision making. 2) Evade Responsibility. 3) No accountability.
2. Modi Govt. dumped the Planning Commission
The writing on the wall was clear for the 64 year old institution. From being assigned the task of planning a layout for national development, Planning Commission had begun overruling and humiliating democratically elected state governments in drawing up their development plans. Over time, it just got too fluffy. 21st
century vision – forget about that. Too many states suffered because of this institution that had become a “bureaucratic hydrocephalus.”
Scrapping or replacing what is old, rotten and harmful is the best thing to do and that’s just what the Modi Govt. did
3. No Bhai-Bathijawaad in Ministries
Nepotism has been the bane of most governments in India but Modi’s diktat of not allowing ministers to hire family members or relatives rules at Delhi and elsewhere. Well, that’s how several ministers in state/central governments used to get away with corruption. With Modi in the chair, many family fiefdoms have collapsed.
4. The Juvenile Justice Act reframed to make it possible for 16 year olds to be charged with rape
In the Nirbhaya Case , the juvenile defendant was sentenced to just 3 years and that too in a reform facility.
5. Jan Dhan Yojna launched with a whopping 1.5 crore new bank accounts
Modi Govt. aims to deal with financial untouchability through this scheme. The goal – 7.5 crore bank accounts by the next Republic Day.
These zero balance accounts provide the account holders with a RuPay Debit Card, accident cover (Rs. 1,00,000), life insurance cover (Rs. 30,000) and loan facility (Rs. 5,000).
6. Just as we have a Power Grid, we might as well have a National Food Grid soon
7. Indian Govt. finally gives the due importance to Nepal
Modi happens to be the first Indian Prime Minister having visited Nepal in 17 long years
. Were the successive governments in deep slumber (or too arrogant) until now while the Chinese tried to lure away the Himalayan country?
While some people cried over the sandalwood gift (worth Rs. 1.91 crore) to a temple in Nepal, they clearly failed to understand the scheme of things. At the end of grants, a good line of credit, ‘expensive’ gifts and a short speech in Nepalese – Modi literally won the hearts of Nepalese. That’s what matters. We want loyal, friendly and like-minded neighbors, is that not so? Well, it costs.
8. India Bhutan relations deepen
China has been trying hard to win over Bhutan but the small Himalayan neighbor of ours has never done anything against the national interests of India. In near future, Bhutan is expected to become a major source of hydro-power for India.
Modi’s maiden foreign visit to Bhutan as a premier was a well planned move to boost India-Bhutan ties. He did manage to take trust & public diplomacy to the next level within weeks after assuming office.
9. UPA launched Look East Policy, but Modi has tied up the India-Japan bond
In a first, Japan is likely to finalize the first ever defense deal with India in 4 decades. To make it even sweeter for India, Japan on Modi’s maiden visit has signaled investments to the tune of USD 35 billion, the largest ever by any nation.
10. Under Modi, defense and security of the nation is under prime focus
Chinese incursions in Ladakh and Arunanchal Pradesh are now being checkmated. Focus on developing border infrastructure has gained importance.
Pakistan, for the first time, got a taste of India’s ability to hit back in response to shameful, unprovoked and regular cross border firings.
11. From being an importer of arms, India now plans to achieve Self sufficiency, if not turn an exporter
12. From being a dump yard for MNCs, Modi has launched a Make In India brand
13. For ensuring Food security, India is defying WTO diktats
India was the only country to defy WTO’s (World Trade Organization) free trade policies when it came to subsidies on food grains.
14. Ministers asked to cut expenditures
- Travel Economy Class Air.
- Buy No New Cars.
- No Meetings in Five Star Hotels.
- Ministers need PMO’s approval for office expenditures exceeding Rs. 1 Lakh.
15. Diesel price deregulated
16. Northeast India on central government’s radar
The North East will receive special attention with a 53,706 crore budget for development.
17. Clean India Campaign brings new hopes
18. Modi has given India a truly stable government in many decades
The central government is no longer at the mercy of opportunistic regional parties.