A Month of Hope, A Month of Optimism & A Month of Action

Published By : Admin | June 27, 2014 | 19:25 IST

It’s only been a month since Narendra Modi was sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India and the buzzword in the corridors of power has shifted from Acts to Action & from committees to commitment. Ministers are more motivated than ever, committed to deliver as a team with an inspiring captain at the helm of affairs.

The Prime Minister’s first month in office is proof that he means business and is firmly in control of the state of affairs. Importantly Narendra Modi has made efforts to drive a change in the system to get rid of the inertia.

Ethos of efficiency

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A firm believer & practitioner of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi  made a unique start by transforming entity of assembled ministries to Organic Ministries to bring more coordination between different departments, will be more effective and bring a speed in process. Narendra Modi eventually aims at Smart Governance through integration & innovation.

The Prime Minister is himself up with first rays of the sun & works till the wee hours in the night. This infectious vibrancy & positivity has spread to the different layers of the Government & officials are putting in their best. The urgency to clear files is palpable.

On the Black Money Trail

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The very next day after being sworn in, Narendra Modi’s government announced the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to bring back black money stashed abroad. The decision was taken in the first meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Modi. The Reserve Bank of India has since asked banks to share necessary information with the SIT.

This is in a stark contrast to the past where the Government dragged its feet in taking any concrete step to bring back black money back. This also elicits the priority the Narendra Modi led NDA Government gives to recovering black money.

Paradigm Shift in Governance

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his second Cabinet meeting unveiled a 10-point framework for good governance, assigning importance to the need to empower the bureaucracy to work without the fear. As soon as he took office he made it clear that his mantra for the Centre will be delivery and implementation.

In a first, the Prime Minister also met the secretaries of all government departments personally to outline the agenda of governance, get ideas & suggestions from them & make them partners in the journey of development.

The below tweet is an example of how productive this meeting was:

Strengthening Team India

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In a marked departure from the norm of not giving due importance to the state governments, the present government puts special focus on co-operative federalism. The PM’s stress, from day one, has been to take the states along with the Centre to strengthen the federal structure. The PM various chief ministers across party lines and assured full co-operation for the development of various states. Some Tweets from the state leaders who met him:

Proactive Decision Making

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A remarkable aspect of the NDA Government has been their proactive decision making which helps thwart a crisis like situation & also avoids knee jerk responses. Amidst fears of a weak monsoon, the Government has been quick to review the situation and plan holistically for agriculture and rural economy.

This trait of proactive governance was visible also to counter inflation. The Government was in action immediately when the prices of some commodities were beginning to increase. The Government swung into action swiftly with monitoring of prices of commodities & a minimum export price was imposed soon and a host of other steps were taken. The Centre also advised state governments to delist fruits and vegetables from the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act, which will allow the farmers to sell their produce directly to consumers, without the perishables being routed through mandis or middlemen.

Abolishing Redundant Structures

Narendra Modi has taken a bold step by empowering the ministers & removing Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoMs) and Group of Ministers (GoMs). This step would go a long way to expedite decision-making and usher in greater accountability in the system. This is also in tune with his mantra Minimum Government and Maximum Governance.”

In the first 30 days as the NDA government led by Narendra Modi has made moves to end corruption, ensured the Centre works efficiently and delivers on its targets, abolished redundant structures & taken on inflation. If he could get the country up and running in a month, then we can rest assured that he would completely change the face of the nation in the next 60 months.

And with things moving at this pace, the growth and development is not a distant dream, but only a matter of time!

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Sikhism promotes tolerance for different religions, equality, social justice, and service to humanity. Sikhism's core teachings emphasize spiritual devotion and reverence for God, along with applying humility, compassion, honesty, and charity in daily life. Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji could foresee multiple issues our nation faced and advocated for preventing radicalization, promoting gender equality, and protecting the environment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in reverence for the teachings of Guru Nanak Ji and, in his umpteen addresses to the nation, has reiterated that the contributions of all the Gurus from the Sikh lineage remain unparalleled and cannot be matched up for the upcoming 1000 years. Their sacrifices for attaining the nation's independence are an excellent example of struggle and sacrifice against injustice.

It is through PM Modi that the nation, for the first time since the country's independence, became more aware of the varied forms of sacrifices made by the Sikh community and their countless contributions to sustaining the glory of the nation after partition. Inspired by courage and a sense of duty from the Sikh Gurus, he emulated it into the spirit of the New India.

The last decade has seen several noteworthy initiatives undertaken under his leadership to celebrate and promote the values of Sikhism and augment Sikh welfare. These include the celebration of the 400th Prakash Parv of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the 350th Prakash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the exemption of GST on Langar, the building of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, making Sultanpur Lodhi a heritage city, establishing a chair in the name of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at a British university, and the provision of facilities for Sikh pilgrims to travel to Pakistan.

The Kartarpur Corridor was opened in November 2019, which proved to be a momentous move towards making it more straightforward for Sikh pilgrims from India to go to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, where Guru Nanak Dev Ji lived out his final years. Additionally, the development and preservation of historic Sikh sites has been a particular priority for the PM Modi administration. One example of such a project is the Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib restoration, also known as the Patna Sahib Gurudwara, which is extremely sacred to Sikhs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi facilitated efforts to provide justice and closure for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots by creating a SIT, reopening 300 cases, and imprisoning those found guilty. PM Modi brought the Jallianwala Bagh memorial back to its former splendour and gave 3,328 victim families financial support of Rs. 5 lakh apiece. Through the "Citizenship Amendment Act," the Sikh sisters and brothers who had been subjected to torture in Afghanistan and Pakistan were allowed to get citizenship.

In 2022, December 26 was declared by the Modi government as Veer Baal Diwas, symbolic of the resolve to do anything to protect Bhartiyata. This day will be remembered by every Indian as a mark of respect for the bravery principles lived up to by the four Veer Sahibzades of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

As a diaspora diplomacy specialist, PM Modi has also engaged the Sikh diaspora as "bridge-builders" between India and adopted countries. His clarity of vision in tapping them to further economic, financial, and global benefits for India has undeniably benefitted India. Veer Bal Diwas programs are now held in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, and Greece. Veer Bal Diwas is now observed on a global scale. It is due to PM Modi's persistent efforts that the Indian Sikh diaspora is more valued now as a unique force in world culture and revered as brand ambassadors of India.

Last but not least, under his regime, copies of Guru Granth Sahib reached India from Afghanistan, and the nation received the privilege of seeing three 'Swaroop' of Guru Granth Sahib ji that arrived in Delhi from Kabul. The Sikh tradition is the best example of 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat' and explains PM Modi's close affiliation with the values this religion upholds. Welfare for all will naturally be taken care of.