Press Release by Bharatiya Janata Party
Despite all the baseless propaganda, criticism and negative politics of opposition to obstruct government's development works by blocking the Parliament, Modi government has done excellent job in every aspects. it is result of the progressive reforms brought by Modi government, unique schemes launched to improve the quality of life of common people of the country, efficient management of natural resources and continuous effort of the Modi government to better advance infrastructure at a rapid pace, that all the international agencies have considered India as the fastest growing economy in the World, given positive ratings in every aspects and accepts that India's future is bright, even when the global economy is going through a period of uncertainty. It is possible only because of the pledge of the Prime Minister to bring 'reforms for change.'
Government devoted to poor and farmers of the country
Bharatiya Janata Party believes in 'Action', not in 'Acting'. Modi government is replying baseless and false allegations of the opposition with good governance. On the one hand, where opposition wasted all their time on rubbish issues and blocking Parliament to disrupt development, at the same time, on the other hand, BJP government, under the leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, is focused on the development of the country and the welfare of Poor, Dalits and Backward Classes. The trust, the people of the country shown in Modi government, has been strengthen more in the last 20 months. All national and international surveys confirm it.
Before taking oath as PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi had made his intentions clear in his statement given in Central Hall of the Parliament, by saying that this government will be a government committed to the welfare of the poor and farmers. All the plans and schemes launched in the last 20 months, whether it be Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana or Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, whether it be Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Bima Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana or Mudra Bank Yojana, all are here to improve the quality of life and to promote self-dependency of the poor and small entrepreneurs. Approx more than 2.26 Crores poor of the country have been benefited from this Mudra Bank scheme so far.
Giving security cover to farmers, Modi government first changed the scale of the crop damage compensation, increased 50% in compensation and then implemented concrete initiative of Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance towards 'Surakshit Fasal, Samriddh Kisan so that the farmers become prosperous and happy in every condition and India can move non-stop on the path of progres. This empowers farmers to give their best, with the State providing cover against risks beyond the farmer’s control. The BJP government at the centre has introduced soil health cards to empower our farmers. The card will tell every farmer the exact character of his soil. This will enable him to increase crop yield, reduce overuse of chemical inputs and fertilizer and restore soil health.
Modi government laid the foundation of schemes like Skill Development, Make In India, Startup India and Stand-up India to create new opportunities for the development of common people of the country and ensure that the supply would never get short towards this objective. In simple terms, It can be said, with confidence, that under the able leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, BJP government at the centre, is working on dynamic concept of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.' Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has set three priorities of the government and the government has been successful in implementing public welfare and developmental schemes with keeping these priorities in mind. These three priorities are to improve the use of natural and human resources, to create new opportunities for the development of the country's citizens and to improve the quality of life of common people.
Economic reforms have changed the condition and direction
Despite the uncertainty of the global economy, India has been the fastest growing large economy in the world for the last four quarters. In 2014-15, India contributed 7.4% of global GDP in purchasing power terms. But it contributed 12.5% of global growth. Thus its contribution to growth is 68% higher than its share of the global economy. FDI in India has increased by 39% in the last 18 months, at a time when global FDI has fallen. These statistics of economic development indicate that India's economic policies have not been created only for domestic priorities, but it have been created in a such way that they make a positive contribution to the rest of the world.
With the rapid growth, India performed a key role on the world stage to defend the Earth from climate change. India made far reaching commitments towards the larger welfare of the planet in the COP21 Summit. In history, every country that has grown has increased its per capita emissions footprint while India is committed to re-writing that history under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi. India is committed to reduce the emission intensity of our GDP by 33% by 2030 even which is unbelievable even for the developed countries. We have committed that by 2030, our electric power capacity will be from non-fossil fuel. We have also committed to create additional forest cover to build additional carbon sink. India lead in launching an international solar alliance, involving 121 countries. This initiative will help many developing countries, from Africa to South America, to take advantage of developments in renewable energy around the world.
Despite the complot set by opposition, including the Congress to discredit Modi government, since this Government took office, growth has increased and inflation has decreased. Foreign investment has increased and the fiscal deficit has decreased. And despite a slowdown in global trade, the balance of payments deficit has also decreased. Although this picture is only half of his government's achievements. If we refer economic achievements in 2015, then it will become a long list of records:
- India’s highest ever urea fertiliser production was achieved in 2015.
- India’s highest ever production of ethanol as blended fuel, benefiting sugar cane farmers, was in 2015.
- The highest number of new cooking gas connections to the rural poor was achieved in 2015.
- India’s highest ever output of coal was achieved in 2015.
- India’s highest ever generation of electricity was achieved in 2015
- India’s highest ever quantity of cargo handled by major ports was in 2015.
- India’s fastest average turnaround time in ports was in 2015.
- India’s highest ever increase in railway capital expenditure was achieved in 2015.
- India’s highest ever number of new highway kilometres awarded was in 2015.
- India’s highest ever production of motor vehicles was achieved in 2015
- India’s highest ever software exports were achieved in 2015.
- India’s highest ever rank in World Bank Doing Business indicators, was achieved in 2015.
- India’s highest ever foreign exchange reserves were achieved in 2015.
It is necessary to show the statistics because in the Congress-led UPA-1 & UPA-2 regime, many of these indicators were moving in the opposite direction. Due to economic policies and reforms implemented by Modi government, not only have many indicators improved, but they have improved by large margins. For example, in 2013-14, the total number of National Highway kilometres awarded was about 3500. This more than doubled in the first year of this Government to nearly 8000 kilometres, an all-time high. This year we are planning to award 10,000 kilometres. Similarly, the Shipping Corporation of India which made a loss of Rs. 275 crores in 2013-14 made a profit of Rs. 201 crores in 2014-15. This is a turnaround of Rs. 475 crores in one single year.
In 2013-14, India accounted for just 0.1% of global demand for energy efficient LED lighting while in 2015-16, it is 12%. Indian LED bulbs are now the cheapest and most competitive in the world, costing less than a dollar versus a global average of 3 dollars. In 2013-14, India commissioned 947 megawatts of solar power plants. In 2015-16, this will rise to over 2500 megawatts. It is expected to reach 12,000 megawatts in 2016-17. India’s share of the global solar energy market will rise from 2.5% in 2014 to 18% in 2016.
Innovative initiatives of Modi government
Important initiatives like Smart City Mission has been started for urban transformation. It is the first time that certain areas in cities will be comprehensively developed in a systematic and qualitative way. It is the first time that there has been such extensive citizen consultation. It is the first time that there has been such extensive citizen consultation. Nearly 2.5 million people participated through contests, discussions, polls, blogs and talks on the MyGov platform. This is a major break from the top-down approach to urban planning. It is the first time that allocation of funds in a government scheme is done not by decisions of Ministers or officers but on the basis of competition. This is a good example of competitive and cooperative federalism.
The BJP government at the Centre has decided to identify poor on the basis of bank accounts and biometric identity card properly to prevent the subsidy misuse. This will eliminate duplicate, non-eligible and bogus consumers. We successfully controlled successfully cooking gas prices. Work on World's largest direct benefit transfer scheme in terms of domestic gas has been started. This enables genuine beneficiaries to get what they deserve while eliminating those who are not eligible.
Disposal of non-essential legislation
During the Lok Sabha election campaigns, Shri Narendra Modi had promised to eliminate unnecessary laws. Working towards this direction, Modi government began the exercise of identifying unnecessary laws and repealing them. 1,827 Central laws have been identified for repeal. Out of these, 125 have already been repealed while another 758 have been passed by the Lok Sabha and are awaiting the approval of the Upper House. Due to recalcitrant and anti-development attitude of Congress, repealing these 758 unnecessary laws are pending in the Upper House.
The only goal: Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat
BJP government at the Centre focus on improved governance and to curb corruption. Each changes made by Modi government is in the direction of good governance and rationality.
For last 20 months, we have achieved a lot under the leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, and so the people do expect much more from us. The respect of India and Indians grown across the globe since Shri Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India. India made an Indelible imprint on the world stage on various international issues. India has united the World against terrorism and at the same time, taken strong initiatives of peace, harmony and mutual reconciliation with their neighbors. there are challenges ahead but we are confident that we can successfully go forward and go faster. We can do so in a way that will benefit the common people under the able and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. We have the power of 125 Crores of people of the country and their inexhaustible trust with us. And when the power of the people is with us, hard challenges become huge opportunities.
Modi government inherited a dismal and struggling economy, just recovering from a currency crisis. In less than 20 months, we have taken India to the top of global league tables of foreign investment and growth. Whatever may be the obstacles in the way of development, no one can stop us from reaching that our goal. We have created a platform for a new future and for a new India under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi.
We are committed to build an India under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, where
- every child is born safely and maternal and infant mortality are below world averages,
- no person is houseless,
- every town and every village, every school and every train, every street and every house, are clean and sanitary,
- every citizen has access to good health care,
- every village has 24x7 electricity,
- every city is vibrant and livable,
- girls are educated and empowered,
- every boy and every girl is skilled and ready for productive employment,
- agriculture, industry and services provide well-paying jobs to all who need them,
- farmers know the nature of their soil, have the best inputs and reach global levels of productivity,
- enterprises, large and small, have access to capital and credit,
- start-ups and other businesses provide innovative solutions,
- there be global digital economy and clean energy,
- every citizen has basic social security and a pension in old age,
- citizens trust Government and are trusted by Government.
And above all, a transformed India where all citizens have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
(En. Arun Kumar Jain)