With PM Modi entering his 10th year in power, the government on Saturday released a booklet titled “Seva, Sushasan, Garib kalyan” to highlight the key initiatives and achievements of the 9-year NDA rule .
The 143-page is a “comprehensive compendium about India’s transformation under PM Modi’s visionary leadership across 14 facets of policymaking, ranging from infrastructure to foreign policy to social justice,” it said.
Here are the 9 key highlights from the book …
Initiatives for poor & marginalised
The book said that serving the poor and the marginalized has been the underlying promise of the
It said that from MUDRA to Stand Up India, the Modi government has launched and implemented several welfare schemes to empower Indians in the last nine years.
IIt said that 80 crore people have been getting free food grains under the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana since the pandemic struck the country.
It said that over 11.8 crore households have been given tap water connections while 11.72 crore toilets have been built under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
“Welfare schemes from 2014 have been motivated by the principle of Antyodaya (no one is left behind). It means the government is targeting 100% saturation in every scheme,” it said.
It further said that over 48 crore Jan Dhan accounts have been opened by the government. It also highlighted how crores of people have been provided with LPG connections, electricity, insurance, DBTs, etc.
The book said that in the last nine years, there has been a paradigm shift in Indian agriculture sector, making it modern, scientific and prosperous.
“Today, the Indian farmer isn’t just cultivating for India, but is confidently eyeing the world as a marketplace for its wide-ranging products,” it said.
It noted that there has been a new impetus in the sector, guided by PM Modi’s “Beej Se Bazaar Tak” approach.
“The government has extended income support with PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, providing farmers with an assured cash transfer of Rs 6,000 per year through Direct Benefit Transfer,” it said.
It said there has been a 5.7-fold rise in the agriculture budget since 2014 while over 11 crore farmers have benefitted through the flagship PM-KISAN MSP payment for paddy.
It also highlighted various other intiatives undertaken for the farmers, including market linkages such as eNAM and granting of aid for agriculture-related startups.
The book detailed how the Modi government has consistently delivered a dynamic foreign policy, which was essential to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the world today.
“National security has been a top priority for the Modi government. This can be seen in rescue operations conducted outside India, adopting a zero tolerance against terror policy at home, as well as a significant reduction in left wing extremism,” it said.
It said the primary focus of India’s foreign policy remains its immediate neighborhood, under the ‘Neighborhood First Policy’.
Giving some key numbers, it said that India has rescued thousands of citizens from various war-stricken countries under the government. Most recently, it brought back over 3,000 citizens from Sudan.
It said that there has been a 334% growth in defence exports over the last 5 years and 75% of capital acquisition budget has been earmarked for domestic production in FY 2023-24.
It further pointed out that India has recently crossed the milestone of 100 G20 meetings under its presidency.
It said counted the historic decision to remove Article 370 and Article 35A in J&K as a key highlight of the Modi government, adding that it led to a reduction in terror-related incidents in the region from 228 in 2018 to 125 in 2022.
The book noted that women have grown from strength to strength in the
It said that for the first time, the sex ratio has favoured women, adding that there are now 1,020 women per 1,000 men, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS).
The book said under Modi rule, paid maternity leave has increased from 12 to 26 weeks, more than 3 crore women have been paid under PM Matru Vandana Yojana, over 27 crore sanitary pads have been provided at Jan Aushadi Kendras and over 27 crore Mudra loans have been disbursed to women beneficiaries, among other things.
It also noted that the government has paved the way for permanent commission for women in armed forces.
Fighting Covid pandemic
There were several references to India’s fight against the Covid pandemic in the book.
It said that India’s quick and effective response to the Covid-19 pandemic was supported by its rollout of the world’s largest vaccination drive and that too using indigenously developed vaccines.
“In a landmark shift from the past, when the citizens had to wait for decades for the start of vaccination drives, PM Modi led government ensured administration of more than 2.2 billion doses of Covid vaccine in a short span of two years,” it said.
It also mentioned several innovative ways the government adopted to fight the pandemic, such as running 900 Oxygen Express trains to deliver liquid oxygen, use of Air Force to transport cryogenic tankers, conversion of over 4,000 railway coaches into isolated facilities, creation of makeshift facilities for Covid management and sanction of over 1,500 PSA plants.
It said that the Modi government’s focus on healthcare has been a crucial factor in India emerging victorious from a global pandemic.
Ease of living
The book said that the government, through various measures, has focused on improving the daily life of its citizens.
“This push to improve quality of life for all Indians is in line with the larger vision of the Prime Minister of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’,” it said.
It said that how the several welfare programmes of the Modi government have ensured that citizens across all segments of society have access to basic facilities like banking, LPG connections, sanitation, electricity, tap water, affordable healthcare and quality education.
It further added that a reduction in interest rates and the Modi government’s Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme under PM Awas Yojana has enabled people to buy their first home.
It highlighted the government’s recent announcement of a full tax rebate for those with income up to Rs 7 lakh a year.
Among other things, it said that over 21,800 government services are now accessible through UMANG app, Rs 25,000 crore has been disbursed under SWAMIH fund for stalled real estate projects, almost 1.16 crore people have benefitted from affordable air travel under UDAN, metro network has been expended from 5 cities in 2014 to 20 in 2023, cost of internet data has gone down by 97%, over 4,300 states have been given open defecation free status and over 3 crore urban and rural houses have been provided under PM Awas Yojana.
The book noted that the Indian economy has seen a “remarkable transformation” in the last nine years, adding that its impact can be seen in the improved quality of life of all Indians across various sections of society.
It said that the past few years have been challenging for the world, especially since the Russian-Ukraine war, but Indian economy continued to break new ground even amid global turmoil.
“The robust rise in GST collections, increase in capital expenditure outlay and record growth in exports are indicative of a vibrant and growing economy that has recovered from the effects of the pandemic,” it said.
Giving some numbers to buttress the point, it said that 46% of global real-time digital payments happened in India in 2022. It further added that Rs 27.1 lakh crore Aatmanirbhar package during Covid helped save the economy.
“Monthly GST collections hit all-time high of Rs 1.87 lakh crore in April 2023; record $770 billion of goods and services were exported in FY23; over Rs 6.6 lakh crore bad loans were recovered; and there has been a 50% rise in export of electronic goods, among other things.”
It added that India is now home to over 100 unicorns.
Further, it said that India’s efforts to improve the ease of doing business are now being acknowledged on the global stage with the country’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index surging from 142 in 2014 to 63 in 2019.
It said that the Narendra Modi-led government has kept infrastructure at the front and centre of its development agenda.
” … in the last nine years, thinking big and delivering without delay have been the hallmarks of infrastructure development in the country. The Prime Minister has regularly monitored the progress of projects through the PRAGATI platform, which has led to the successful completion of various delayed, as well as newly announced infrastructure projects,” it said.
It said that there has been a 500% increase in road transport and highway budget allocation since 2014.
Providing other details to support its point, it said that 400 world class Vande Bharat trains will be manufactured, of which 17 are operational.
“Speed of high construction has reached 37 km/day, there is 99% coverage in rural road connectivity, length of metro went from 248km in 2014 to 860km in 2013, 74 airports have been made operational since 2014, and 111 waterways have been declared as National Waterways.”
The book said that India has made huge strides in the area of healthcare since 2014.
It said that accessible and affordable quality healthcare has turned into a reality for the citizens of India.
Providing details of the various initiatives taken by the government, it said in 2018, the Centre launched the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, the world’s largest health insurance programme, which benefitted over 22 crore people.
It said that over 25 crore health records of individuals have been linked to their Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA).
It added that the Modi government has brought a crucial turnaround in medical education with 9,663 medical seats being added since 2014. “In the last nine years, the Modi government has approved/established new AIIMS in several states, and large number of new medical colleges,” it said.
It said that over 9,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been added, over 1.59 lakh Ayushman Bharat centres have been set up across India and over 37 crore Ayushman Bharat health accounts have been opened, among other things.