Nine Years of Betterment –


Narendra Modi When he took charge of the country, the country’s economy was 20 trillion dollars, which has increased to 37.3 trillion dollars.
When the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government assumed power under the leadership of Narendra Modi on May 26, 2014, India’s GDP was US$20 trillion, which is now US$37.3 trillion. The per capita income which was $1,573.9 in 2014 is now $2,601 in 2023. This GDP at current rupee prices has increased from Rs 104.73 lakh crore in 2013-14 to Rs 272.04 lakh crore in 2022-23. In terms of GDP, India was at 10th position in 2014 and now it is at 5th position.

It is believed that increase in per capita income is no guarantee of well-being. There has also been a huge increase in income disparities in the country over the past few years. Apart from this, although the Corona epidemic of the year 2020-21 affected all sections, it hit the laborers and other workers and businessmen, especially small businessmen, due to which both their income and well-being were affected. India was leading among the countries of the world in continuously providing free food grains, treatment to 80 crore people and providing anti-covid vaccine to the entire population. About Rs 5.89 lakh crore has been spent in the last nine years on the already running ‘MNREGA’ scheme for the rural unemployed. According to the 65th round of the NSSO survey conducted between July 2008 and June 2009, 17 per cent of rural households and 2.1 per cent of urban households in the country lived in kutcha houses, amounting to 31.5 million households. There has been major progress in construction of pucca houses after 2015, where 4.1 crore households (2.85 crore in rural areas and 1.23 crore in urban areas) were assisted to build houses with government assistance under the PM Awas Yojana- Rural and Urban Is; And in less than eight years, 2.87 crore houses have been built so far. It is being considered as a big effort to raise the standard of living of the rural and urban poor.

During the year 2014-15, 12 km of roads were being constructed per day, which has increased to 22.23 km per day in 2022-23. When we compare with the UPA government, the annual expenditure on road construction by the central government was Rs 10,000 crore, which has increased to Rs 15,000 crore during the NDA. Apart from roads, there has been expansion of waterways, railways and indigenous fast trains in the name of Vande Bharat. There were 74 airports in 2014, which have now doubled to 148.

The nine years of the Modi government can be considered the best for the Indian economy and people. In these nine years, despite the worst pandemic of the century, India’s international standing has also improved significantly, not only in terms of ranking in GDP, but also in terms of cooperation with rich and poor countries. During the Corona period, when the rich countries were becoming selfish, India, showing its sensitivity, made medicines and vaccines available to many countries. After the Russo-Ukraine war, India stood firm despite heavy pressure not to buy oil from Russia.
The journey of the Modi government was not a very smooth one, as it had to go through its own path of amending land acquisition laws, implementing farm laws, demonetisation, paving the way for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) i.e. granting citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim citizens of neighboring countries. There was opposition to the decision. Despite opposing the decisions of the Modi government, no one could prove any maliciousness on the part of Prime Minister Modi. While taking these decisions, the Modi government showed its full sensitivity towards the opposition as well, and the government appeared ready to reform even while facing the wrath of the media. The writer is the national co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagran Manch.

(Credits: Amar Ujala)

Ashwini Mahajan

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