Hits and misses of PM Modi-led government

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New Delhi: After thumping a historic victory in 2014 General elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Friday completed its three years of governance which has been full of ups and downs with some milestone reforms in terms of International policies, economic front, social front and political front.

Politically the BJP has seen unprecedented ascendancy with a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh and expanding its electoral reach from West to East to the North-East proved the influence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Here are the hits and misses of the Prime Minister Modi-led government:

Change

Narendra Modi has launched Swachh Bharat Mission to eliminate open defecation and promote cleanliness. Photo: AFP

 

HITS

  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched to eliminate open defecation and promote cleanliness.
  • Soviet-style five-year plans come to an end; 15-year vision, three-year action plan come into play.
  • Cashless economy.
  • Doing away with the red beacon—a symbol of so-called VIP culture—from all government vehicles.
  • Extending support to ending the practice of triple talaq.
  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (save the girl child, educate the girl child) scheme.

MISSES

  • Rise of vigilante groups called Gau Rakshaks, who target people suspected of harming cows or consuming beef.
  • Ghar Wapsi (homecoming), aimed at promoting the conversion of non-Hindus to Hinduism, and campaign against Love Jihad, allegedly practised by Muslim men to win over Hindu women.

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Defence & Foreign Policy Strategy 

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HITS

  • Carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, resumed cordon and search operations in more than 20 villages in Shopian.
  • Combing operations launched against Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “neighbourhood diplomacy” falling in place as relations with Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka look up.

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MISSES

  • Relationship with China needs to be taken into account to secure position in NSG.
  • Ties with Pakistan and China are icy despite Prime Minister Modi making trips to both countries.

Connectivity 

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HITS

  • UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik): The scheme that enhances regional connectivity with fares starting at about Rs 2,500.
  • New integrated transportation initiative for roads, railways, waterways and civil aviation.
  • Sagarmala and Bharatmala programmes for the construction of new ports and expressways.

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MISSES

  • 23km per day of highway construction achieved vis-a-vis a target of 41km.
  • The number of railway accidents has increased to new highs which need to be addressed by the government.
  • Air India’s finances are still precarious. The national carrier is still grappling with legacy issues.

 

Green Energy

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HITS

  • Push for electric vehicles.
  • Rs 42,000 crore allocated for afforestation. Parliament passed The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016.
  • Clean and renewable energy generation gets a boost.

MISSES

  • Neglect of the forest and wildlife sectors. Decisions pending on a national forest policy, the definition of forests, inviolate forest areas and a national wildlife action plan.
  • Clean Ganga campaign yet to gather momentum.

Economy

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HITS

  • The government got states together to introduce the biggest tax reform since independence, Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Crackdown on black money leads to a surge in 2016-17 tax receipts, the number of return filers.
  • Demonetisation of the higher denomination of currency to curb black money.

MISSES

  • Though Demonetisation drive was a hit, but, it led to short-term cash crunch hitting small and medium scale enterprises.
  • Pending cases of retrospective taxation on past transactions still unresolved.
  • Inability to bring back black money stashed away abroad by citizens.

Empowerment

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HITS

  • Graded autonomy to promote quality in education.
  • Slew of social security measures to benefit the working class.
  • Six months of paid maternity leave for working women.

MISSES

  • The Women’s Reservation Bill is still pending.
  • New Education Policy still to be formulated.

 

Digitisation

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HITS

  • Improving e-infrastructure, e-participation and government e-services for addressing transparency.
  • Unified Payments Interface (UPI)—a payment system that allows mobile-enabled money transfers between bank accounts. Promotion of the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) for a less-cash economy.
  • Leveraging Aadhaar for improving service delivery to citizens.

Negative

  • Call drops continue despite mobile phone services providers promising improvement.
  • Drop in digital payment transactions with the easing of a cash crunch that followed the demonetisation of high-value banknotes in November.
  • Leakage of Aadhaar data.

 

 

 

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