Nagaland Under Modi Government

Published By : Admin | April 12, 2024 | 18:28 IST

In the recent years, Nagaland witnessed positive transformation in its developmental landscape under the leadership of Modi government. Nagaland has shown progress whether through substantial increase in tax devolution or implementation of flagship schemes which are aimed at bolstering different sectors. There have been several initiatives undertaken by the government across different sectors.

The most noticeable achievement in Nagaland has been substantial increase in central transfers which shows the commitment of the government to the development of the region. There is a remarkable surge in Tax devolution with an increase of around 577% during the 10 years of the NDA government as compared to the previous UPA government. Likewise, the grants-in-aid also witnessed a growth of over 83 percent during the nine years of the NDA government as compared to the 10 years of the UPA rule.

Due to the 10 percent Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) arrangement there has been unprecedented spending in the Northeast region. An investment of 4.19 lakh crore has been done by the state by 55 GOI ministries/departments in 9 years which surpasses cumulative spending in the 25 years.

The pro-active approach of Modi has also been reflected by the release of advance tax devolution to strengthen state government’s hand for financing social welfare measures and infrastructure development scheme. These measures lead to the bolstering of Nagaland’s fiscal capabilities which empowers it to pursue its development efficiently.

The state’s capital expenditure has been boosted by the Scheme for Special Assistance to States for capital which was launched in FY2020-21. This has been more significant during Covid-19. Nagaland has hugely benefited from this scheme as it has received 50-year interest-free loans which totals to Rs 1694.5 crore with the interest costs borne by the Centre. The critical investments in infrastructure and other developmental projects have been facilitated due to the infusion of capital.

In an attempt to strengthen state’s autonomy, the Modi’s government accepted the 14th Finance Commission’s recommendations to increase state’s share in central taxes. This increase in the share has provided states like Nagaland with untied funds which empowered them to allocate resources as per their discretion and development priorities.

The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has played a pivotal role in driving economic growth and revenue generation in Nagaland. The state has been a significant beneficiary of the GST regime, recording a compound annual revenue growth rate of 27.5%, outpacing the national average. The consistent growth in GST collections reflects the effectiveness of this unified tax system in streamlining processes and fostering economic efficiency.

The Modi government's flagship schemes have been instrumental in bringing about transformative changes in Nagaland, touching various aspects of people's lives.

Under Financial inclusion, Nagaland has witnessed a substantial increase in Jan Dhan accounts, empowering women and marginalized communities. Similarly, collateral-free loans through schemes like PM MUDRA and Stand-up India have provided entrepreneurial opportunities, particularly to women and SC/ST communities, fostering economic empowerment and inclusive growth.

There is a widespread enrollment in life and accidental insurance schemes, providing financial security to millions of individuals across Nagaland, especially women.

In terms of infrastructure development, initiatives like Har Ghar Jal ki Guarantee and Housing for All ki Guarantee have made significant strides in providing essential amenities and affordable housing to rural and urban households in Nagaland.

Furthermore, schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission and Ayushman Bharat have been pivotal in promoting cleanliness and ensuring access to quality healthcare services, thereby improving the overall well-being of the populace.

Modi government's emphasis on infrastructure development has translated into tangible outcomes in Nagaland. Over 863 km of National Highways constructed in Nagaland. Nagaland got its second railway station at Shokhuvi in August 2022, after a century. Dimapur railway station being redeveloped under Amrit Bharat Scheme

The approval of the Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialisation Scheme, 2024, underscores the government's commitment to fostering industrial growth and employment generation in the region.

Additionally, Nagaland's inclusion under the Smart Cities Mission and the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) has catalyzed infrastructural development, with significant investments allocated for projects ranging from roadways and railways to airways and tourism.

The establishment of Nagaland's first Medical College in Kohima stands as a testament to the government's efforts to strengthen healthcare infrastructure and enhance access to quality education in the state.

In conclusion, Nagaland's journey under the Modi government reflects a paradigm shift towards inclusive and sustainable development. From robust fiscal transfers and transformative flagship schemes to strategic investments in infrastructure, the government's multifaceted approach has propelled the state towards a path of progress and prosperity. As Nagaland continues its developmental trajectory, the Modi government's unwavering commitment to the region's growth remains steadfast, laying the groundwork for a brighter and more prosperous future for its citizens.

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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.