Giving an overwhelming mandate in the 16th Lok Sabha Elections the nation recognized Narendra Modi as its Prime Minister. With millions of faith backing his swearing ceremony on 26th May it was clear that he was given a tough job to accomplish. The glory of Gujarat Model was the one which fabricated the votes for NaMo. His bold image as a leader was already cultivated by the media which increased the expectations of the citizens who were fed up of the lethargic governance of UPA-2. Now, as the Thirty days of these ‘Achche Din’ have passed it’s the time for evaluating the weight of our votes and expectations.
It was a common perception that this government having a huge majority may dare to take the tough decisions without any bargaining player in between. It was high in morale with their popular leader himself leading the path. With these factors in place Let us take the note of some constructive Measures taken by the Modi Sarkaar in these thirty days-
- SIT on black money:
In the first cabinet meeting on 27th May it was decided to institute the Special Investigation Team for the recovery of Black Money stashed in Foreign Banks. This SIT was instituted under the headship of M.B. Shah.
- Disclosure of 100 days agenda:
For setting a criteria of scrutiny and evaluation of Ministries, Modi gave the directive to his ministers to formulate and present their 100 days agenda.
- An end to Bhai-Bhateejawaad:
Modi barred his ministers to appoint any of their relatives under them in their ministries. In Indian Politics the factor of ‘Bhai-Bhateejawaad’ is as old as the democracy itself. This usually results in corruption and red- tapism. With Modi’s directive on this issue the conduct of Ministries may become transparent and efficient.
- Recuperating Diplomatic ties with China and Pakistan:
in the wake of Neo-liberal policies and the rise of a global village it is very necessary for a nation like India to build the milieu of friendship and peaceful cooperation among its neighbors. With Modi’s substantial initiative to uphold the harmony with China and Pakistan it might be a step ahead in building a more synchronized South Asia.
- Minimum Government and Maximum Governance:
this rhetoric of Narendra Modi was transfigured in reality when the newly elected Prime Minister dissolved four Cabinet Committees.
But things were not all shiny in these 30 days. There were some decisions and actions which placed the government’s intentions and efficiency under suspicion.
- Railway Fare Hike by 14.2 % and 6.5%:
Things fell with surprise on Aam Admi when Union Railway Minister decided to raise the fare by 14.2% and 6.5% in passengers and freight trains respectively. It was announced by-passing the budget session which was just few days ahead. This attracted the critics from most of the political spectrum including Shiv Sena, the ally of BJP in Maharashtra. Though the Railway suffering from the loss of Rs.24, 600 Crores will gain just Rs.8, 000 Crores with this. Though the Government gave the excuse of improvement in railway facilities for raising the fare but the public was displeased by the decision.
- Delay of Food Security Plan
Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan delayed the Food Security plan by three Months. This was done as many states were not ready to implement this project under which 2 out of 3 people in total Indian Population would get Rice and Wheat at subsidized rate. Its delay is seen as an inefficiency of the current government.
- 100 % FDI in Railways
Announcement of 100% FDI in Railways was made by the Union Railway Minster on 19th June. This was done in order facilitate the infrastructural modernization for the introduction of the High Speed trains in India. This was criticized on the fact that in the nation where 70% of the populace spends their daily lives with a mere $2 there was no rationality behind handing the public service like railways in the hands of Private players.
- Notices to 7 Governors to quit:
Governors of seven Indian states were asked to quit their office as they were placed during the regime of UPA-2. This was against the observation of Supreme Court which says that the governors of the state are not the subject of Central Government so their term should not be affected by the change in the Government. This controversy directed towards the intention of the government to place its men on the top posts.
- Controversy of Article 370-
After taking the office, Jitendra Singh the Minister of State for PMO issued his critical statement on the existence of article 370 in the Indian Constitution. He opined to repeal the special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted by this article which created mayhem in media and Civil Society.
- Chaos over Hindi:
Ministries, Public Sector Undertakings and the banks were issued the directive of using Hindi over English. This attracted the criticism from most of the Progressives and Political parties mostly belonging to the non-Hindi states.
- Sexual Exploitation Charges against a minister:
Nihal C. Meghwal, the Union Minister of Chemicals and fertilizers became the object of discourse when an FIR from a 24-year old married woman was lodged against him on the charges of Sexual Exploitation. Silence of the government on the whole issue was the thing which disappointed the social observers.
With all this blend of incumbency and inefficiency in place we must not forget that 30 days are near to nothing when it comes the macro level policies of guiding the nation. Some more ‘bitter pills’ might be given in the near future. So we must not withdraw our hope of a change which Modi has promised. Things are more ahead!