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100 days of Modi Sarkar: 25 facts

Author: Aliya Abbas
Publication: Niticentral.com
Date: September 2, 2014
URL: http://www.niticentral.com/2014/09/02/100-days-of-modi-sarkar-25-facts-237093.html?utm_content=bufferc7100&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Narendra Modi-led Government at the Centre completed its 100 days in power on September 2. He began his journey as the Prime Minister of India by inviting SAARC nations to his oath-taking ceremony and surprised both his friends and critics by his bold decisions. Since then, he has been leading his Government from the front. However, his journey also had its shares of hiccups.

Here are a few highlights of his 3 months at Office:

1. The first 30 days of Narendra Modi Government is characterised by dynamism and doesn’t suffer from policy paralysis like the UPA Government. Prime Minister showcased his roadmap for a developed India, when he addressed the Joint Session of Parliament on July 8, 2014. The main points of his speech covered international and diplomatic concerns, inclusive growth for all segments including minorities, poverty elimination, stress on developing labour-intensive manufacturing sector, FDI, inflation and rationalisation of tax structure.

2. One of the biggest achievements of Narendra Modi, besides winning over SAARC countries is an extension of olive branch to China. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to India turned out to be a positive diplomatic start for betterment of relations between the two nations.

3. PM Modi during his election campaign had promised rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, who were driven out in 1990s by the Kashmiri separatist forces. This displaced community is hoping return to the Valley during his tenure.

4. Another major step which makes Modi Government standout is its initiative to curb and check price rise on which the Congress-led UPA Government had failed brazenly. The move was initiated on June 17, 2014 after which Wholesale Price Index (WPI) touched 6.01 per cent limit.

5. His first bilateral visit after assuming Office was to Bhutan. This act emphasised his vision of addressing the concerns of neighbours and initiate a harmonious and growth oriented partnership. The Buddhist country was assured of Indian assistance in setting hydro-power generation plants and in various areas of education.

6. On June 19, 2014, the Railway Minister announced 100 per cent FDI in Indian Railways for modernisation. This step is expected to better rail infrastructure and also pave way for high-speed trains in Ahmedabad-Mumbai sector.

7. The Central Government is trying to bring synergy between Aadhar projects and National Population Register (NPR).

8. The Government is planning to integrate Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana (AABY), and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) under one network, which will be looked after by Ministry of Labour and Employment. This pilot project is expected to be launched from January 1, 2015 in 20 districts for facilitating unorganised workers with ability to access the three schemes through a single smart card.

9. The NDA Government presented its maiden Budget on July 10, 2014, which was hailed as progressive one. Markets responded positively.

10. The Government increased FDI limit in the Insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent and the defence sector too saw a hike in the FDI limit to 49 per cent from the existing 26 per cent.

11. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated funds to improve irrigation and promised sanitation in every household. He also sanctioned the establishment of four more AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidharbha and Purvanchal to improve the doctor-people ratio. Five more IIMs and IITs are scheduled to come up too. He set aside Rs 200 crore for a statue of Sardar Patel while the allocation towards women safety was about Rs 100 crore.

12. With the sixth BRICS summit hosted by Brazil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his multilateral debut.

13.CBSE directed all the schools to celebrate Sanskrit Week, with a view to restoring and promoting one of the oldest languages of India.

14. India decided that it would not get pressurised by the developed countries and stick to its stand regarding WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. This proved a major road block in the implementation of the TFA at the General Council of the 160-member WTO meeting in Geneva. However it was hailed by UN representatives also, since the firmness reflected Narendra Modi’s commitment towards the poor.

15. To mark the completion of 60 days, the NDA Government has launched a unique website – MyGov (www.mygov.nic.in) – to engage people in the governance. Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this technology driven platform MyGov would provide opportunity for the citizens to contribute towards good governance. There are various sections that people can opt for like – Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Skilled India, Digital India and Job Creation. The objective of each section is to bring about a qualitative change through people’s participation.

16. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 12 inaugurated the 45 MW Nimoo-Bazgo hydroelectric power project located at Alchi village and 44 MW hydro power project at Chutak village in Ladakh, besides inaugurating the Leh-Srinagar transmission line and a hydro power project in Leh. He said that unlike other Prime Ministers, he has already visited Jammu and Kashmir twice. He also unveiled a three ‘P’ formula for the Leh-Ladakh: “Prakash, Paryavaran and Paryatan”.

17. Prime Minister spoke extempore at his first Independence Day speech at Delhi’s Red Fort, making him the the first PM since Indira Gandhi to address the nation on 15 August in such a way. His speech was attended by more than 10,000 people. In his speech, he called himself the “Pradhan Sevak” who wanted to “govern by consensus” and not by the majority in Parliament. Showing concern over the rising instances of rapes in the country, Modi asked parents to rein in their sons. He also announced a cleanliness drive across the country. In his speech, he showed priority for poor by announcing schemes for them, such as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna. He also talked of connecting India with e-governance and promised to transform India into “Digital India with e-governance which is easy governance, economical governance and effective governance”.

18. By 2017, the Government is aiming to connect 250,000 gram panchayats with high-speed broadband connectivity via the Rs 20,000 crore National Optic Fibre Network. It also aims at providing Wi-Fi facility to 2.5 lakh schools, universities and generate thousands of jobs. Plans are also being drawn up to double up post offices as multi-service centres that will integrate services and platforms like UIDAI.

19. When Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister, he extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan by inviting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the swearing-in ceremony. Talks during that occasion had created mutual agreement to resume bilateral talks with Foreign-Secretary-level meet slated on August 25 in Pakistan. But the meeting was cancelled in the wake of Pakistani Envoy Abdul Basit meeting Kashmir separatists ahead of the talks. India has always expressed displeasure at Pakistan’s engagement with Kashmiri separatists.

20. Addressing DRDO, PM Modi urged the elite body to complete its projects at the earliest. He also appealed to the research scientists to come up with new and innovative ideas.

21. The Prime Minister has sought a report from the Home Ministry over the violence in the Assam-Nagaland border which resulted in the killings of about 15 people. The Government is planning and preparing to send extra forces in the regions if the State asks for help. Recently, the protesters in Assam clashed with the police in the Golaghat region.

22. India is deploying squadrons of surface-to-air Akash missiles in the Northeast. This is done in the wake of growing apprehensions about China’s threat. As per reports, six squadrons are being deployed to tackle Chinese jets and drones. The Government had already deployed Sukhoi-30MKI fighters at Tezpur and Chabua.

23. PM Narendra Modi has asked IITs to take up the challenge of developing products in the field of defence and healthcare sectors.

24. India’s first indigenously-built Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette ‘INS Kamorta’ has been inducted into the Navy.

25. Tokyo Declaration: The partnership has been now termed as Special Strategic and Global Partnership. Both Prime Ministers have signed a Tokyo Declaration on the multifarious aspects of the relationship.
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