4 years of Modi Sarkar: Report card of promises kept and missed
The Modi government will complete four years tomorrow. With the Lok Sabha elections still a year ahead, with the Modi government seeking re-election, it is time to take a look at the promises that the BJP made in its manifesto four years ago.
In its 2014 manifesto, the BJP listed a 50-point promise detailing more than 600 sub-promises. Some of the major political promises including those relating to building the Ram temple in Ayodhya, repealing Article 370 and introducing Uniform Civil Code remain unfulfilled and are most likely to find a place in the 2019 manifesto of the party as well.
The BJP promised to build 100 new cities, enabled with the latest in technology and infrastructure. "Developing 100 most backward districts of the country to bring them at par with other districts through prioritized and integrated development" was the promise made by the BJP.
Status - Smart City project was launched when Venkaiah Naidu was the urban development minister before becoming the Vice-President. But the cities chosen by the Narendra Modi government are not from the most backward districts of the country.
Home For All
The BJP promised to ensure shelter to everybody equipped with electricity, water and toilets.
Status - The Modi government recently claimed to have achieved 100 per cent village electrification. But in terms of household reach, electrification work is far from over. Access to clean drinking water and sanitary toilets to everybody has not been achieved.
The BJP promised to formulate a responsible and comprehensive 'National Energy Policy'.
Status - Niti Aayog has framed a draft policy. The Modi government has discussed it at ministerial level. But final approval of the National Energy Policy is still awaited.
The BJP promised to launch "Diamond quadrilateral project of high-speed train network (bullet train)".
Status - Partially met. The diamond quadrilateral project of bullet train network is nowhere to be seen anytime soon. But India and Japan have signed an agreement for running a bullet train on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor. The work is in progress at the design level at present on this $17 billion project.
Checking Price Rise
The BJP promised setting up a price stabilisation fund. Rising prices were one of the major issues against the then Manmohan Singh government. The BJP further promised strict measures and special courts to stop hoarding and black marketing.
Status - Even though the prices of commodities have not come down, the inflation rate has been kept under control by the Narendra Modi government. A Price Stabilisation Fund was set up in 2014-15 under Department of Agriculture but later transferred to the Department of Consumer Affairs in 2016.
The BJP promised to establish a system, which eliminates the scope for corruption, promote technology-enabled e-governance -- minimising the discretion in the citizen-government interface.
The Narendra Modi government seems to have scored well on this point. There has been no serious corruption charge against the ministers of the government. Scams in the allocation of government contracts have not been reported in the last four years. E-auctioning has been implemented.
However, the government has not appointed a Lokpal as promised in the BJP's manifesto.
Save Girl Child
The BJP promised to launch a national campaign for saving the girl child and educating her -- Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
Status - The campaign was launched. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers have aggressively promoted Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign.
Acid Attack Victims
The BJP had promised setting up an Acid Attack Victims Welfare Fund to take care of the medical costs related to treatment and cosmetic reconstructive surgeries of such victims.
Status - Welfare fund was set up but not with the promised name. The Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF) was set up in 2014 by the Modi government with an initial corpus of Rs 200 crore from the 'Nirbhaya' fund.
The CVCF supports victims of rape, acid attacks, human trafficking and women killed or injured in the cross-border firing. An additional financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh from the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was also approved last year.
The BJP promised a National madrasa modernization programme in its 2014-manifest to strengthen and modernize minority educational systems and institutions.
Status - The madrasa modernization programme was launched in 2014 when Smriti Irani was the Human Resource Development minister.
The BJP promised to set up an AIIMS-like institute in every state.
Status - New AIIMS announced for most of the states. The work is in progress at many places.
Making India Clean
The BJP said in its manifesto that the government would ensure a 'Swachh Bharat' by Gandhiji's 150th birth anniversary in 2019.
Status - Programme launched. But cleanliness is still a dream.
Simplified Tax Regime
The BJP promised to provide a non-adversarial and conducive tax environment and rationalised and simplified tax regime.
Status - The Narendra Modi government introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that had been in the works since the early 2000s.
Equal Pension For Ex-Servicemen
The BJP had promised to implement one rank one pension (OROP) for the retired army personnel and also appoint a Veterans Commission to address the grievances of veterans.
Status - The Modi government implemented OROP but Veterans Commission is yet to take shape.
Now, a look at the promises that were not kept by the Modi government.
More Income For Farmers
The BJP had promised a minimum of 50 per cent profits over the cost of production for the farmers
Status - Partially fulfilled. The government increased MSP of crops but farmers are in distress and the agricultural crisis has seen several protests across the country in the last four years.
The BJP promised to give women the role of "Nation Builder". The party committed to 33 per cent reservation in parliamentary and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment
Status - Not fulfilled. There is no progress on the front of women's quota in the legislature.
The BJP promised to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to Jammu and Kashmir and abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution.
Status - Not fulfilled.
Zero Tolerance on Terrorism
The BJP promised zero tolerance on terrorism, to revive the anti-terror mechanism, strengthen the role of NIA and put a system in place for swift and fair trial of terror-related cases.
Status - The country witnessed some of worst terror attacks since 2014 - particularly at Uri and Pathankot. On the basis of empirical evidence, the Modi government cannot be said to have kept the promises made by the BJP in its manifesto with regard to fighting terrorism and trail of terror-related cases.
FDI In Multi-brand Retail
The BJP promised to bar FDI in the multi-brand retail sector.
Status - The Manmohan Singh government allowed 51 per cent FDI in the multi-brand retail sector in 2012. The BJP promised to put an end to this rule. The Modi did not allow further FDI in multi-brand retail but did not scrap the existing policy.
Doubling the number of courts and judges in the subordinate judiciary and extend fast-track courts to all layers of the judiciary.
Status - Not fulfilled.
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