Independence Day 2017: Modi’s Promises Vs Reality

independence day 2017     On 15th August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day 2017. In his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, he urged people to suggest the topics on which he should speak about in his upcoming speech. The suggestions can be submitted on Narendra Modi app or on MyGov.in website.

     According to sources, Prime Ministers Office (PMO) has prepared an annual report of promises made by PM Modi during last Independence Day speech. In addition to peoples suggestions, PM will mention these points in his speech. I have summarized the important points from the report below. I hope PM will address the issues in the speech.

Farmers’ welfare

     Farmers in India are facing multiple challenges. Volatile climates, lack of business mindset, lack of basic infrastructure, poor financial conditions, lack of agricultural management are key reasons behind upsetting situation.

     Central government has approved Kisan Sampada Yojana in May 2017 to bring relief to farmers. The scheme has a whooping budget of Rs 6,000-crore. Under this Yojana, 236 integrated cold chain projects will be installed throughout the country to develop agriculture related infrastructure. A special fund of Rs 2,000 crore will be given to NABARD for financing food-processing units and food parks.

Construction of Rural Roads:

     From year 2011 to 2014, the average road construction was 73 km per day. In his independence speech 2016, Modi promised to lay down daily 100 km road in 2016-17. The actual figures are impressive. In 2016-17, the daily average road construction was 130 km. The roads are being constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)

Freedom Fighters’ pension 

     During 2016 independence speech, Modi promised to raise freedom fighters pension by 20 percent. The Home Ministry has fulfilled the promise by increasing Freedom Fighters’ pension by 20% in September 2016 itself with effect from 15 Aug 2016.

Online Health Record

     This might be the next big decision after Note-ban and GST. Central government is keen to develop online portal for maintaining records of medicines. By now, government has funded more than 16 states under National Health Mission for development of online platform for medical records.

Target of Solar Energy

     The Central government has set target of generating 100 GW of energy through solar photo-voltaic technology by 2022. In August, 2017, the parliamentary standing committee suggested government to relook the solar energy target as it is unrealistic at this stage. Let me reveal the numbers. Solar plants generated near about 3.74 GW of electricity in June 2014. As on March 2017, the total installed capacity of solar power plant has reached to 12.3 GW. We have 5 more years to complete our target.

 

For me, the government is working fine. However, more focus should be given to bring awareness among farmers. Defense and Education are other important areas to be concerned. What do you think about the promises made by Narendra Modi? Are you satisfied with the outcome? Comment your thoughts below.

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