Prime Minister Modi’s Government: Achievements that Transformed India
In a recent speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proudly showcased the significant accomplishments of his government. These achievements, ranging from the abrogation of Article 370 to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, have reshaped India’s socio-political landscape.
Unshackling Jammu and Kashmir: The Abrogation of Article 370
Article 370 of the Indian Constitution bestowed special status upon the state of Jammu and Kashmir, granting it the authority to maintain its constitution, flag, and even a prime minister. It allowed the state to dictate which Indian laws applied within its borders.
However, in August 2019, the Modi government took a bold step by abrogating Article 370, bringing Jammu and Kashmir under direct central administration. The move was justified on the grounds that Article 370 had acted as a roadblock to development and integration in the region. Furthermore, it had been exploited by terrorists and separatists to disrupt peace and stability.
This decision was met with both support and opposition, sparking debates across the nation. Many Indians viewed it as a courageous move to tackle terrorism and separatism in Jammu and Kashmir.
GST: Streamlining Taxation in India
The Goods and Services Tax (GST), introduced in July 2017, revolutionized India’s taxation system. It replaced a convoluted structure of multiple indirect taxes, including excise duty, value-added tax (VAT), and service tax.
The primary goal of GST was to simplify the tax system, making it more business-friendly and conducive to compliance. It aimed to curb corruption and tax evasion.
Thus far, GST has been largely successful, fostering a business environment that is easier to navigate and reducing the prevalence of corruption and tax evasion. However, the complexity of the tax system and a lack of awareness among businesses have presented certain challenges.
OROP: A Just Pension System for Retired Soldiers
The One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, an extended demand of retired soldiers from the Indian Armed Forces, ensures that all soldiers who retire with the same rank and length of service receive equivalent pensions, regardless of their retirement date.
After years of delays, the Modi government finally implemented the OROP scheme in 2015. It brought relief to countless retired soldiers and their families, guaranteeing a pension that aligns with their dedicated service.
Beyond the Spotlight: Other Notable Achievements
The achievements of the Modi government extend beyond the headline-grabbing reforms:
- Toilet Construction: Through the Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission), the government constructed millions of toilets in rural India, significantly enhancing sanitation and hygiene standards.
- Electrification of Villages: The Saubhagya scheme accomplished the electrification of every village in India, ensuring universal access to electricity for all citizens.
- Financial Inclusion: Schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (Prime Minister’s People’s Wealth Scheme) have facilitated financial inclusion, drawing millions into the formal banking system.
- Infrastructure Development: Substantial investments in infrastructure have led to the construction of roads, railways, airports, and power plants, bolstering the nation’s foundation for growth.
Prime Minister Modi’s government has achieved remarkable milestones that have significantly impacted the lives of millions of Indians. These accomplishments, from the abrogation of Article 370 to the implementation of GST and the OROP scheme, mark a transformative era in India’s history.
Beyond these achievements, the government’s unwavering commitment to development and social welfare has had a profound positive influence on the daily lives of ordinary citizens. Prime Minister Modi’s administration continues to shape a brighter future for India.