BJP Manifesto Recall: Things BJP Promised During 2014 General Election
Three years ago, Narendra Modi's prominent poll promises had led him win in the 2014 General Elections..According to a study, the BJP government had fulfilled 18 per cent of the promises the BJP made in it's election manifesto, and work is in progress on 52 per cent, going by the numbers. There are about 29% of those promises which are yet to be paid attention towards.
Mumbai: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s government completed 3 years in 2017 since it came into power. Three years ago, his prominent poll promises had led him win in the 2014 General Elections. The BJP manifesto pledged ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat – Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ (One India, Best India – Unity and Development for everyone) in 2014 which made them people’s first choice. The growing pressure on Modi government to deliver on their election vows is increasing day by day as 2019 approaches.
According to a study, the BJP government had fulfilled 18 per cent of the promises the BJP made in it’s election manifesto, and work is in progress on 52 per cent, going by the numbers. There are about 29% of those promises which are yet to be paid attention towards.
Today, we are taking a look at the BJP Manifesto 2014 and where the Modi government stands currently
Promises of 1 crore Jobs and Growth
BJP government had promised the youth with one crore jobs a year in an election rally, but it has failed miserably in keeping that promise. According to a Labour Report, only 6.41 lakh new jobs were created in eight major sectors (manufacturing, trade, construction, education, health, information technology, transport, and accommodation and restaurant) of the Indian economy between July 2014 and December 2016, as compared to 12.8 lakh new jobs created in the same sectors between July 2011 and December 2013. The “demonetisation” move worsened the plight of the vulnerability placed in the labour market in several ways. The most stress aroused out of closure of establishments in the informal sector.
The flagship scheme of Swachh Bharat by Modi added to another failed promise to the people of India in 2014. The hype this project had got, it has failed to live upto it’s expectation. According to a report in 2015, over a crore toilets were built during the per year in the period 2008-11, compared to just 80 lakh toilets built across the country in 2015-16. Another shocker was that six out of every ten toilets built under this scheme has no water supply.
Growing Economy – This is a promise
This, somewhere, can be called ‘in-progress’ promise that has showed some of the good work of BJP government. Million more people were brought into the banking system with the help of schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). The government has also got successful in many ways in pushing for digitisation. A report states that India’s annualised retail inflation has touched the point below the mid-point of the central bank’s target. Public finances show better and higher income from taxes. Modi government era also shows monsoon-sown grain production to be highest in atleast 14 past years and the economy being more favourable for business than it ever was.
The government has increased the annual outlays for key infrastructure sectors such as Railways, Roads & Highways, Power, Urban Development and (recently) Rural Infrastructure. The new initiatives taken are Bullet Train project which is criticized for poor budget friendliness, Smart Cities, Sagarmala Project, NHIDCL, etc.
Entrepreneurship Programmes for Urban and Rural Areas
The government has launched several rural and urban entrepreneurship focused programmes. Key initiatives among them are Start-Up Village Entrepreneurship Programme, Start-Up India, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, India Aspiration Fund, Self Employment & Talent Utilization, Venture Capital Fund Scheme and Green Business Scheme.
Modi government had focused on keeping it’s complete control over the following 5 factors to kick-start with. However, out of these, on some of these factors, the Modi Government have shown significant improvement whereas some are still untouched. The top factors include Economy, Corruption, Youth, Infrastructure and Technology.
On the other hand, talking too high of Digital Indian and Make in India, have just proved that Modi government seems to have bitten off more than it could chew.
With not having much time left, it’s better if they start to focus on certain important issues in hand rather than just plain and emotional talks. They should provide us with evidence of what is done and what not, and if they themselves believe it to be done. The reports, however, show that they haven’t failed completely but need to be more determined in achieving their targets before they walk for seeking votes from the people of India in 2019.
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