The Narendra Modi government, ever since it came to power, has initiated plenty of useful and significant schemes. Since the last two years, we have seen some excellent initiatives like Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat, Skill India, Smart Cities and Startup India Standup India, among others, which were introduced by this government.
Over the past couple of months too the government has launched an array of useful schemes which will help the citizens of the country in myriad ways. Here, then, is a look at some latest noteworthy initiatives by the Modi government.
Launch of UMANG (Unified Mobile App for New-age Governance): A unique master app which will fuse 200 public services including passport services, income tax, e-Post, women safety, and much more. Through this app, citizens will be able to avail e-services like application for a passport, filing of income-tax returns, payments of various bills, or other e-govt. services which are already on the digital platform; all on their mobile phones.
Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan campaign: This initiative would focus attention on the development work to be done in villages. Its other primary focus is to strengthen the Panchayati Raj System which will boost social harmony in the villages, foster rural development and enhance the livelihoods of the poor.
Launch of e-NAM: The e-trading platform for the National Agriculture Market was launched with the hope of ushering in transparency which will greatly benefit the farmers. Through this initiative, 21 mandis in eight states – Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh – will be allowed to initiate e-trading on a trial basis. This platform will also enable farmers to sell their yield to the highest bidders. The ultimate aim of this project is to integrate 585 regulated wholesale markets under one electronic platform within the next two years.
The ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ scheme: Through this initiative, free LPG connections to five crore women from below poverty line (BPL) will be provided in the next three financial years. The scheme will also offer financial support of Rs. 1600 for each LPG connection to the BPL household. “Providing LPG connections to BPL households will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country. This measure will empower women and protect their health. It will reduce drudgery and the time spent on cooking. It will also provide employment for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas,” Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the press about this scheme.
Improvement in environment and infrastructure:
With the signing of a $1.5 billion loan agreement with World Bank, the Government intends to boost the Swachh Bharat Mission greatly in the country.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal has stated that in the last 12 months, 7,012 villages have been electrified under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna scheme. Furthermore, in renewable energy India has grown from 1,500 MW of solar power to 10,000 MW per annum in a very short period.
As a part of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, PM Modi has declared that Varanasi will soon get solar-powered 11 E-boats and 1,000 E-rickshaws. This move is to help curb the pollution in the Ganga and also help in increasing the incomes for those who earn their livelihoods through such boats on the river Ganga, as the operational costs of these e-boats are minimal.
Defense and trade pact with Maldives: India signed a significant defense pact with neighbouring Maldives to train Maldivian defense forces and supply essential equipments to them. This is being seen as a move to check Maldives’ growing closeness with China which can be worrisome for India.
Apart from this, there were other agreements as well between the countries in the areas of taxation, tourism, space research and conservation.
Radical changes in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): In a welcome move, the government liberalized the FDI regime with the aim of giving a major fillip to employment and job creation in India. Some of these essential changes are:
Radical Changes for promoting Food Products manufactured/produced in India.
Foreign Investment in Defense and Aviation Sector up to 100%.
100% FDI through automatic route can now be invested in the opened up Direct to Home (DTH), teleports, cable networks, mobile TV, and headend-in-the Sky Broacasting Service (HITS).
100 per cent FDI under government approval route in trading of food products, including through e-commerce, in a bid to boost the food processing sector in the country.
With these and some more related changes, India is now the most open economy in the world for FDI.
Hopefully, these notable initiates will work well in the coming years and help in making India progress better.