New Bharat Priorities Inclusion Development

Published By : Admin | February 24, 2024 | 17:56 IST

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'We are here to serve people. Speaking of this period of service, a large portion of Bharat's population was deprived of basic amenities before we formed the government. Millions of impoverished individuals had given up hope that their lives would ever change. The attitude of previous governments was such that they considered themselves as the ultimate authority. We, however, started working not with a sense of authority but as servants, focusing on providing priority to those who were marginalized.'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas approach of g9vernance has empowered every Indian, particularly Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the economically vulnerable ones. The government has successfully established a strong ecosystem for comprehensive empowerment, aligning with the inclusive development envisioned by Prime Minister Modi for people with low incomes and SCs.

Marginalized communities are now experiencing unprecedented levels of inclusion in mainstream society, thanks to the unwavering efforts of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Whether it's honouring heroes from these sections in our fight for freedom or implementing economic initiatives, social justice and empowerment are finally reaching those who were previously ignored, oppressed, and deprived.

India, with the world's second-largest tribal population, is witnessing newfound recognition for its vibrant Janjatiya culture, unparalleled contributions during the freedom struggle, and outstanding service to the nation. Such initiatives were unheard or unseen before PM Modi took oath to his office. He has often been seen sporting traditional outfits, headdresses and products from tribal areas. Museums are being established in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Manipur, Mizoram and Goa etc. to showcase and preserve the memories of tribal freedom fighters.

Through the Mudra Yojana, over eight crore youngsters, including those from rural, poor, Dalit, backward, tribal, and deprived classes, have started their businesses, transforming their destinies. More than 75 % of the beneficiaries of the PM SVANidhi scheme are from the Dalit, backwards, and tribal communities. PM SVANidhi has ensured inclusive entrepreneurship by allocating 22% of the total disbursement to SCs/STs. Under the PMAY (G), 13 lakh+ houses are sanctioned to SC/ ST beneficiaries. The mantra of 'Vocal for Local' aided the economic upliftment of approximately 11 crore tribals and different communities, and it has become the basis of Developed India.

The commitment of the Modi government is evident in initiatives such as prioritizing their education with scholarships and reserved seats in educational institutions, along with implementing skill training programs and financial support schemes to boost economic opportunities. Promoting education in tribal areas is one major aim of this government. The government is setting up 740 Eklavya Residential Model Schools (EMRS) to serve 3.5 lakh tribal students with quality education. Scholarship for Higher Education for Young Achievers Scheme (SHREYAS), an umbrella scheme to ensure top-class education for SCs, has many components such as free coaching, overseas scholarships, etc. The scheme has been instrumental in empowering numerous individuals, with over 2300 crore rupees dedicated to educating SC and OBC students since 2014. It has particularly benefited over 21,000 SC students pursuing higher education.

Another vital move in this regard is the establishment of the Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University in Mulugu District, Telangana, as mandated by the Thirteenth Schedule of the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act, 2014 with allocation of Rs. 889 crore. The new university will boost research in tribal art, culture, and traditional knowledge, benefiting the tribal population by expanding education capacity and addressing regional disparities. It will ensure inclusivity, quality, cultural preservation, and empowerment, bridging regional education gaps.

To boost the financial empowerment of SCs, a Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhyuday Yojana (PM-AJAY), a 100% Centrally Sponsored Scheme implemented in 2021-22 for skill development and infrastructure development, saw Rs. 1150 crore disbursed to the states for the transformation of villages predominantly inhabited by Scheduled Castes into Adarsh Gram. Stand-Up India promoted entrepreneurship at the grassroots level, focusing on economic empowerment and job creation for women, SCs, and STs. Since its inception to November 2023, 7000 crore+ loans have been sanctioned to 33,331 SC beneficiaries.

Pradhan Mantri Janjati Adivasi Nyaya Maha Abhiyan (JANMAN) was launched in November 2023 for a comprehensive development of 75 vulnerable tribal communities residing in 18 states and 1 UT with a total budget of Rs. 24,104 crore. The coverage will benefit about 28 lakh people living in about 22000 habitations in more than 800 blocks in 200 districts across India. This initiative targets 11 crucial interventions across nine ministries, and the announcement was made on Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas in Khunti, Jharkhand. The interventions include provision for Pucaa houses, road connectivity, piped water supply, mobile medical units and others. In addition, special emphasis has been given to imparting training for skill development. While 15 crore people benefitted from the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra, in tribal areas particularly, screening for sickle cell anaemia crossed more than 50 lakh people. The Yatra's primary objective has been to raise awareness about the welfare schemes and policies of the Central government, aiming for 100% coverage of flagship government initiatives.

Such steps guide and illuminate the resurgence of New India and give the nation a new direction. It is a direction where enhancement, integration, advancement, and safeguarding of backward communities and their cultural heritage are uncompromising for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their prosperity assured.

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PM Modi’s Vision Fuels Delhi’s Development
April 12, 2024

“Delhi has the good fortune to get an opportunity of keeping the flag of nations' prestige flying high.”
- PM Narendra Modi as Delhi prepared to host the G20 Summit

The last ten years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have set in motion the creation of a New India—from rural to urban, from water to electricity, from houses to health, from education to employment, from castes to classes—a comprehensive plan bringing growth and prosperity to each doorstep.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi has emerged as a pivotal part of this dynamic developmental momentum spearheaded by PM Modi throughout this transformative decade.

The city has been at the heart of the infrastructural shift that has given a dedicated facelift to the entire nation. Today infrastructural marvels like Atal Setu, Chenab Bridge, Statue of Unity, and Zojila Tunnel dot India’s ever-evolving landscape.

With its focus on revamping transportation networks, upgrading urban amenities, and expanding digital infrastructure, the Modi government has launched an array of transformative initiatives. From railways, highways to airports, these initiatives have been key in galvanising inclusive and sustainable development across the length and breadth of the country.

The impressive expansion of the metro rail network has revolutionised urban commuting in India. From a mere 5 cities in 2014, the metro rail network now serves 21 cities across the nation—expanding from 248 km in 2014 to 945 km by 2024, with 919 km of lines under construction in 26 additional cities.

The Union Cabinet has recently approved two new corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV—Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block and Inderlok to Indraprastha. Both the lines have a combined length of over 20 kms with a project cost of over Rs. 8,000 crore (funding being sourced from the Union Govt, Govt of Delhi, and international agencies). The Inderlok- Indraprastha line will play a significant role in enhancing connectivity to the Bahadurgarh region of Haryana. Additionally, India’s first Namo Bharat train, operating on the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor further underlines the Modi government’s commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and upgrading its transportation infrastructure.

Further, the Bharatmala Pariyojana envisages improved logistics efficiency and connectivity via the development of nearly 35,000 km of National Highway corridors. 25 greenfield high-speed corridors have been planned under the plan out of which four intersect with Delhi’s growing infra capacity: Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Expressway, and the Urban Extension Road-II. The total project length sanctioned for Delhi is 203 km with an allocation of over Rs. 18,000 crore.

Over the past decade, the Modi government has consistently dedicated efforts towards augmenting capacity and decongestion of airports. After the IGI Airport Delhi became the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway, the expanded state-of-the-art Terminal 1 has also been inaugurated recently. In addition, the upcoming Noida International Airport (Jewar) shall further contribute to decongestion of the Delhi airport which is serving millions of passengers annually.

Besides, the inauguration of the New Parliament has further added civilisational yet modern connotations to the city’s landscape. Inauguration of the Yashobhoomi (India International Convention & Expo Centre) has given Delhi India’s largest convention and exhibition centre, offering a mixed purpose tourism experience. Along with Yashobhoomi, the Bharat Mandapam, a world-class convention and exhibition centre, showcases India to the world.

In terms of welfare, the Modi government has launched several schemes benefitting people hitherto on the margins of growth and development. Women’s safety in Delhi has been a key concern. To address the same, the Modi government strengthened the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 by increasing the quantum of punishment for rape, including capital punishment for rape of a girlchild below the age of 12.

The Union Home Ministry established a separate Women Safety Division back in 2018. One-stop centers, Sakhi Niwas, Safe City Project, Nirbhaya Fund, SHe-Box, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences, and Cri-MAC (Crime Multi-Agency Center) among others are significant additions in the government’s campaign towards women safety.

In addition, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Ujjwala Yojana, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have further led to the empowerment of Nari Shakti in India.

As India becomes the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world, Delhi is also contributing significantly towards this development. Today over 13,000 DPIIT-recognised startups are functioning in Delhi even as the government is promoting self-employment through PM MUDRA Yojana with over 2.3 lakh loans sanctioned worth over Rs. 3,000 crore for FY2023-24 (as on 26.01.2024).

PM SVANidhi, which provides collateral free loans to street vendors, is supporting over 1.67 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi. Further, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, launched in 2020 to incentivise employers for creation of new employment and restoration of loss of employment during Covid-19 pandemic, over 2.2 lakh employees benefitted in Delhi.

Further, nearly 30,000 houses have been sanctioned and completed in Delhi under PM Awas Yojana (Urban).

Air pollution has been a recurring problem for the people of Delhi. Conscious of this reality, the central government has launched the National Clean Air Programme as a national level strategy to reduce air pollution level across the country.

The Modi government's tenure over the last decade has brought about a remarkable transformation in Delhi across various fronts. From infrastructure development to governance reforms, from education to employment, the government's initiatives have left an indelible mark on the capital city. As Delhi continues on its journey of progress and development, the contributions of the Modi government are set to shape its future trajectory for years to come.