It is indeed the apt time to review the efforts of the Modi government when they have completed two full years of governance thereby driving the country forward in the path of all-round development. Several schemes were launched, funds allocated and corporations and committees set up to achieve the target of 'maximum governance, minimum government'.
To start with, the maiden independence day speech of Prime Minister Modi announced the launch of Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana - a national mission for the financial inclusion of all the sections of society so that they get access to supporting financial services like savings and deposit accounts, remittance, credit facility etc. Being particularly targeted upon the economically weaker sections, it offers zero balance facility and free insurance. This scheme is of high regard for the government as it is considered to be the first step towards empowerment of citizens which can be achieved by financial inclusion and security.
It seems, the essence of the saying 'Cleanliness leads to Godliness' has finally dawned upon us, Indians, as late as in 2014 when the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan was initiated. It is a national campaign aimed at cleaning each and every nook and corner of the country, hence following the teachings of the Mahatma. This campaign has, in its background, the motive to completely eradicate open defecation by constructing toilets in each and every household and also in public spaces with the help of NGOs that largely benefit women.
Ours being an agrarian economy, due importance has been given to the farmers by launching the Krishi Sinchai Yojana to provide better irrigation facilities that can improve farm productivity and ensure better utilization of water resources. In this era of degradation, such technologically aided programmes are beneficial for environmental conservation and sustainable development.
Human resource is the best resource that any country can be proud to possess. India, being a young country with more than fifty percentage of its population below the age of twenty-five, has a lot to accomplish in this regard. Under the Kaushal Vikas Yojana, supported by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the government plans to provide skill based training with government certification to the Indian youth so as to improve their job potential and global competency. As Dr. Kalam had said, India is sure to become a world super power by 2020 when there is a skilled and talented young generation waiting ahead to take her into their arms.The senior citizens who have contributed as valuable human resource for the country during the best part of their lives have also been taken care of under the Atal Pension Yojana that covers all those who served in the unorganized sectors thereby ensuring a safe and secure retired life for them.
There is also a Prime Minister Avas Yojana with the goal of 'Housing for All' by 2022. Hence, we have crores of houses being built across the length and breadth of the country that can be availed through housing loans at minimal interest rates. The list of schemes doesn't end here. In fact it would be incomplete without mentioning the giants in tow - Digital India and Make in India.
As the name suggests, Digital India is towards digitization of the economy. Under this, the government aims to provide access to their facilities to the citizens electronically or via internet. BBNL is the custodian of this project that has been initiated to connect crores of villages in the country and thus make way for global internet connectivity. Altogether, it is expected to open up new spheres of economic activity in the areas of education, health, finance etc. by offering facilities like digital locker, e-health, e-education and e-housing. The government is also functioning with digital support testimony to which is the website launched to keep track of the attendance of government employees. Besides, there is an online platform for citizens to express their views and suggestions regarding government operations.
The massive leap forward would be impelled by the 'Make in India'. With this, we would witness MNCs investing in our country leading to more jobs, better infrastructure, reduced imports and more foreign exchange reserves. It would be a fair trade with our resources and their capital and technology. Surprisingly, FDI has been allowed in previously restricted sectors like defence and railways. 'No Defect, No Effect' is the slogan coined to signify the quality of products manufactured under this scheme.
Thus, on analyzing some of the major schemes of the BJP government, a net inference can be drawn from the fact that the GDP of India has scaled higher despite a negative global trend and depression. Yes, these schemes will definitely achieve their target and they are half way through.
- Saranya M