3 years of Modi Shasan!May 26, 2017(11:57)
26th May, 2014, Modi stormed into power, delivering a strong message “We are not here for any positions but for a responsibility”. Since then every action of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has been considered a step for the materialisation of the “ache din” – the slogan that fuelled the winning spree of Bhartiya Janta Party, with the recent feather on the cap being the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly Election results. It is perhaps for the first time in the last few decades that a government that came to power with a huge popular mandate has not only retained its popularity, but perhaps also improved upon it.
The last three years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi have had a transformational quality and, as his government steps into its fourth year, optimism remains undiminished. In fact, it is rising. This has never been the case with governments in the recent past, at least since 1977. In the case of previous governments, each regime has floundered by the time they reached the half-way mark. Considering that Modi has more detractors than his predecessors, all eagerly waiting for him to slip up, this is a remarkable achievement.
In the last three years, the NDA Government under Prime Minister Modi has made a remarkable difference and has maintained optimism as it steps into the fourth year. Though, the oppositions too have left no stone unturned in taunting and question every move of the NDA government. However, Modi Government has been efficiently silencing it all with high-decibel moves at regular intervals and has managed to maintain the faith of the followers and good-will amongst the voters. Most importantly, Modi has ushered a sense of confidence in the people, who believe India is not only safe in his hands, but also that it will rapidly ascend the ladder of development under his able leadership.
Within the first half of its tenure, Modi government has initiated a few campaigns and reforms, which have been first of its kind. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana marked a paradigm shift in ensuring that every citizen is integrated in the financial system, led to several account openings worth Rs. 64000 crore of balance in total. Make-in-India made business easier, stimulating unprecedented vigour and enterprise among investors and entrepreneurs, expecting to boost the manufacturing sector contribution towards GDP to 25%, from its current 16%. Shrameva Jayate empowered several workers of small and medium industries boosting skilled youth. Modi Government also launched three social security schemes focusing on pension for elderly and insuring the poor. It also launched the Digital India Mission to bring qualitative change in people lives. The Income Declaration Scheme was also first of its kind and unique where the government gave the opportunity to declare black money and undeclared assets.
Other commendable achievements of the NDA government in the past 3 years include deregulated diesel price, channelled major share of foreign investments to railway and infrastructure, extension of industrial licence validity, free and fair telecom auctions, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, toilet building campaign, the creation of NITI Aayog and more importantly GST. It has also dedicated primary focus on reviving the Indian economy by reforming and implementing the manufacture and export policies and foreign policies to boost tourism.
Most of the moves of the NDA government were well appreciated, whilst some like the Demonetisation has received mixed opinions from many quarters. Demonetisation was highly criticised by the NDA oppositions. Demonetisation was projected as a way to curb corruption and black money. However, it led to return of demonetised money and introduction of a higher value currency which contradicted the purpose of it. Goods and Service Tax (GST) is arguably the most sweeping reform since independence.
The Jan Dhan Yojna was declared on 15th August 2014. Since then over 280 million accounts have been opened with a total balance over Rs. 64000 crore. Later in June 2016, the Income Declaration Scheme gave everyone the opportunity to declare their black money and undeclared assets for a minor penalty. This declaration window was open for four months until September. In November, Prime Minister Modi made the Demonetisation announcement. On the other hand, demonetisation and the introduction of GST have together set the stage for rapid economic growth with rising investment in many sectors.
Apart from the economic issues, Modi Government has also made a large impact on the society as a whole and brought necessary changes. With its several reforms, the rural population of India has been exposed to several facilities and opportunities.
The NDA government, indeed, has created a long list of achievements in the past three years and India is surely going through transformational journey. It is evident that India is undergoing fundamental change, whether in terms of rural development, social progress, digital revolution or technological progress, along with necessary changes of mindset. If Modi has achieved this much in just three years, it can be imagined what he will accomplish in the foreseeable future, especially if returned to power in 2019, which seems almost inevitable as of today.