There’s an old school of thought, which says that politics is bad as it is plagued with loopholes. And then there’s a modern school of thought, which is taking shape after 70 years of India’s independence. This school of thought says politics is not bad and politicians are the voice of the people who go to great lengths to fulfil the promises they make to voters.
As a result, people have begun to keep a watchful eye on politicians and political happenings. Of late, people have shown faith in politicians, especially the central leadership. This is because of a slew of measures, which union government launched to improve the socio-economic condition of poor and the country as a whole.
Clean India Mission is one such scheme under which the country has to be made open defecation free (ODF). Toilets have become a major topic in India. Akshay Kumar’s movie Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which is about to be released, has generated more interest in ODF concept.
Narendra Singh Tomar
As Clean India Mission is set to enter its next phase, Minister Of Housing And Urban Affairs
Narendra Singh Tomar announced that 160 districts in India would be declared open defecation free (ODF). In 2014, there were only handful of such districts.
As we are nearing the 70th Independence Day, let’s take a look at 10 such decisions.
Source: Swachh Bharat Website
Goods and Services Tax
One tax to rule them all. With GST being introduced, India’s taxation system has changed forever. Under this system, 500 kinds of taxes and cess have been withdrawn. So, it is one tax, one nation. The introduction of GST is considered as India’s biggest economic and financial reform.
Jan Dhan Yojana
PM announced this scheme to allow every Indian, especially the poor, an access to banking facilities. As a result, crores of bank accounts were opened with 0 balance. This brought underprivileged Indians into the banking fold.
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojna
The program was introduced to provide a household for all in 2022 and has promised to build 51 lakh households by the end of 2018.
Swachh Bharat Misson
Launched to make India clean, the mission saw unprecedented success as it has completely transformed India. Till date over 45 million toilets have been built under the mission, making India a cleaner nation.
Make In India
PM Narendra Modi announced Make in India campaign to attract foreign investment in India. Since then, the government has relaxed the restrictions placed on foreign investment, opened nearly 90 percent of industrial sectors to FDI and attracted a huge flow of foreign investment.
New railway policy
The government introduced a new policy, which aimed to shorten the passengers’ waiting list. Thanks to alternative train accommodation system under which passengers can be accommodated in alternative trains.
New airway policy
In June 2016, the government announced the policy governing aviation sector. Reforms introduced in this sector include subsidised airfare, capping excess baggage and provision for cancellation charges and an improved regional connectivity.
UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik)
The UDAN aims to make air travel affordable for every Indian citizen and it aims to do that by introducing various caps on airlines. It aims to optimise facilities at various airports with a budget of Rs 4,500 crore.
For 92 years, India presented Union budget and Rail budget separately but that was put to end in 2017 when the government presented rail budget as a part of Union budget and reduced the problems faced because of them being presented differently.
We had to include demonetisation in this list of reforms just because of the huge impact it made in people’s lives. Yes, there were initial hiccups but the end result was a happy one as it helped the government to churn out over Rs 2,000 crore black money out of the system.