While the opposition was busy trying to cancel Rafale Deal, playing the Game of Castes and finding fault in BJP’s stars, the Government established some remarkable milestones which render its return with a one hundred per cent guarantee. With the General Elections less than 40 days away, here we list 13 reasons why Narendra Modi is the inevitable result of the Prime Ministerial election.
1.One Rank One Pension
The four-decade-long wait of the ex-servicemen of the armed forces ended when the Prime Minister announced “One Rank One Pension” scheme. Under the scheme pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners retiring in the same rank and with the same length of service as the average of the minimum and maximum pension in 2013. Those drawing pensions above the average will be protected. Under this scheme, the arrears will be served in four half-yearly instalments, while the widows, including war widows, will we paid in one instalment.
2. The Interim Budget
Only a few days back the interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, announced the Interim Budget whereby the Government gave possibly one of the biggest gifts to middle-class strata of the population. Under the budget, the income tax exemption has been raised from 2.5 lacs to 5 lacs. Also, people with annual income of 6.5 can also be exempted from any tax if they invest in government-specified savings. The farmers also benefit from the scheme as farmers who suffer any natural calamity, interest on the loan shall be subverted by 2% and if the loan is replayed on time, subversion of 3% interest on shall be provided. Also, Rs 75,000 Crore has been allocated for the scheme, which shall provide Rs. 6000 to all small and marginal farmers annually.
3. Swachh Bharat Success
The Swachh Bharat Mission has been the most successful initiative by the Government. Understanding the need for cleanliness in India, 4 years back the mission was initiated. Under the Mission, sanitation coverage in rural India increased from 38 per cent in 2014 to over 92 per cent in 2018 and 8.5 crore toilets have been constructed in rural India since the Mission began. More than 4.5 lakh villages and over 450 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). As per a recent WHO report, it is estimated that SBM will account for over 3 lakh avoided diarrhoeal deaths by the time India becomes free from open defecation – a milestone not too far from us today. [DNA India]
4. World Class Highways
Recent data released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) indicates that the Narendra Modi government has built 73% more highways in its first four years in office as compared to the last four years of the former UPA government. The Dhola Sadiya Bridge which was pending for decades, was completed under the tenure of NDA Government and inaugurated by the Prime Minister. The only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location was by ferry in the daytime, and even this was not possible during floods. The Dhola- Sadiya bridge will ensure 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM, cutting down on travel time from the current six hours to just one hour. [ET Now]
The Government has built a technologically modernised expressway, called the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. It is 135 Km long and a lot of traffic, outbound or non-destined for Delhi will be diverted, adding at least 50,000 vehicles going to Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will be diverted, bringing down vehicular pollution.
5. Triple Talaq made Unconstitutional
In the matter of Sayara Bano v. Union of India, Triple Talaq or Talaq -e- Biddat was declared unconstitutional. The bench held that the practice of Triple talaq is arbitrary in nature by observing the following: "It is clear that this form of Talaq is manifestly arbitrary in the sense that the marital tie can be broken capriciously and whimsically by a Muslim man without any attempt at reconciliation so as to save it. This form of Talaq must, therefore, be held to be violative of the 393 fundamental right contained under Article 14 of the Constitution of India. In our opinion, therefore, the 1937 Act (Muslim Personal Law Shariat Application Act), insofar as it seeks to recognize and enforce Triple Talaq, is within the meaning of the expression "laws in force" in Article 13(1) and must be struck down as being void to the extent that it recognizes and enforces Triple Talaq Since we have declared Section 2 of the 1937 Act to be void to the extent indicated above on the narrower ground of it being manifestly arbitrary, we do not find the need to go into the ground of discrimination in these cases, as was argued by the learned Attorney General and those supporting him."
6. Ujjwala Yojana
Ujjwala Yojana is another project which aimed to help the economically weaker section of the society. More than 5 crore beneficiaries have been provided with LPG connection under this scheme. Many middles, as well as upper-middle-class families, left their subsidies to support this scheme.
7. Make in India
The Government had launched the Make in India campaign to attract foreign investment and build brand India. The primary goal behind this policy was to make India a global manufacturing hub, by encouraging both multinational as well as domestic companies to manufacture their products within the country.
Due to the Make in India initiative the domestic mobile handsets and components manufacturing industry has helped save the country a whopping Rs 3 lakh crore of possible outflow in the last four years, by replacing import of completely-built units (CBUs) with domestically manufactured and assembled handsets, said the India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA). [Financial Express]
8. The National War Memorial
On Feb 25, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the much needed National War Memorial, near India Gate, New Delhi. Spread over 40 Acres of land, the memorial honours the martyrdom of 25942 soldiers who gave their lives in every single conflict such as wars with Pakistan and China and also soldiers who were martyred in Kashmir’s terrorist attacks. This and the Government’s policies to benefit the armed personnel and their families, has turned them in favour of the Modi Government.
9. Zero Tolerance against Terrorism
The Govt has shown a strong footing where it had to deal with the problem of terrorism. There has been a no-nonsense attitude display by the Govt. Not only it has given a free hand to the Armed forces to deal with terrorists but also taken astounding actions against any terrorist infiltration. For the first time, the country has experienced no blasts in a span of four and a half years. In response to the killing of 17 unarmed Indian Soldiers, in the Uri attack in 2016, the NDA Government retaliated in the form of Surgical Strikes, thus giving a befitting reply to Pakistan. Under this operation, which was conducted on the intervening night of 29-30 September 2016, the Para Commandos entered into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and destroyed the launch-pads the terrorist groups, killing more than 40 militants and some Pak Army personnel trying to disrupt the operation.
After the cowardly attack by Jaish militants which led to the death of 44 CRPF bravehearts, it responded with Airstrikes which took in the early morning of 26th February the Indian Airforce destroyed the terrorist camps across the Line of Control (First time after 1971 the IAF Jets crossed the LOC). Not only more than 300 militants were killed but also an advance and important Jaish headquarter was turned into a pile of ash.
10. Jan Dhan Yojna
Crores of bank accounts have been opened as part of the scheme to give every household in India easy access to banking facilities and set up accounts at zero balance. It has met a huge success ever since it was launched. Until September 2018, more than 31 Crore accounts have been opened, in which more than Rs 81,000 crore have been deposited.
11. Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
The Modi government took a big step to strengthen the corporate regime by implementing a comprehensive bankruptcy law. Ever since its implementation in 2016 though, the IBC has been the subject of legislative and regulatory tinkering by parliament, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India and the Reserve Bank of India.
Also in the news have been 12 large cases of defaulters as identified by the RBI. Just last week, debt-laden Bhushan Steel was acquired by Tata Steel for Rs 35,200 crore, making it the first big settlement under the IBC, with several other big deals set to close in the coming months.
12. Confidence Building Measures in Kashmir
After a long time, an Indian politician managed to establish a connection with the Kashmiri people. When the valleys of Kashmir were flooded, the Modi government’s response was immediate and genuine. The military has been given a free hand to deal with the terrorists and protect the Kashmiri people and maintain law and order in the state. The constitutionality of Article 35 A is set to be questioned in the Apex Court, which the Government is pre-determined to delete. If this is done, 50% of the issues in Kashmir will be solved. The next target of the Government is Article 370.
13. Farmer’s Well Being
The growth of the nation is directly proportional to the growth of the agricultural sector and this has been rightly recognized by the Modi Government. Doubling farmers’ income, securing them and their endeavours, making them tech-savvy, boosting agriculture research and education, and building farm-related infrastructure are some of the major goals set and being worked upon for the growth of agriculture sector and farmers’ welfare. The government raised budget allocation for Agriculture Ministry by 7.81 per cent to Rs. 52,655 crores for 2017-18 from Rs. 48,840.50 crores (revised estimate) of this fiscal.