If you check the news flow over the past 48 hours, there is a plethora of information about variety of Modi schemes. The Government has practically flooded the news timeline with a great variety of information on the scope of development.
You see a plethora of commentary both for and against the variety of measures that the Government has taken. But it is hard to deny the fact that the past four years have seen rather hectic legislative and executive activity.
According to PM Modi, 10 crore LPG connections were given in 4 years compared to 13 crores in 60 years. Nearly 81 families out of every 100 have LPG. The Ujjwala Yojana no doubt brought in some meaningful development in this arena. The Prime Minister added that there is now 100 per cent in 70 per cent villages and more than 75 per cent in 81 per cent villages.
Under the regional connectivity scheme like Udaan, more people are now travelling by air than trains. The total number of operational airports across the country is close to 100. Under the new Civil Aviation Policy, the domestic air passenger crossed 100 millions in 2017. The Aviation Ministry is targeting a five-fold increase in passenger trips to one billion per annum in 15-20 years. The civil aviation sector will also see the addition of 1,000 aircraft s in the coming decade from about 550 aircraft today.
Addressing a rally in Cuttack, the Prime Minister added that till 2014 39% of the population had access to sanitation facilities, today the figure is over 80%. From independence till 2014 there were around 6 crore toilets in the country but in last four years 7.5 crore toilets have been made.
The Modi government’s health-for-all scheme finally took shape with the Ayushman Bharat programme, which assures a health insurance cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year to 500 million poor and vulnerable persons.
Additionally, the central agencies have raided and recovered over Rs 53,000 crores black money. That part a variety of other initiatives like Jan Dhan, Electrification schemes, Digital initiatives and Swachcha Bharat too seem to be progressing forward. government schemes such as the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana provide information about the progress of the respective schemes at the district and village level. Progress is regularly tracked for the various programmes and updated on the respective portals.
On the whole I do not expect a radical change in 4 years. It is not a practical expectation either. But you cannot deny the initiative. A start has been made and there seem to be a steady progress. Of course, in the words of Robert Frost, ‘there is still miles to go’. I don’t believe that achche din can come upon us overnight. It is a continuous process.
But as a citizen, the accountability, the regular follow up and the steady green tick in the box assessing progress is undeniably a positive development for me.