Jharkhand’s Trajectory to Growth

Published By : Admin | April 12, 2024 | 17:39 IST

“Land of Bhagwan Birsa Munda will become the source of energy for the resolutions of Viksit Bharat”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 01st March 2024

A land of hopes and aspirations and blessed with abundant natural resources, yet plagued by developmental challenges - Jharkhand has emerged as a focal point for the PM Modi-led government's initiatives aimed at fostering inclusive growth, infrastructure development, and socio-economic progress.

Jharkhand - when separated from the Bihar in the year 2000, did not have many prospects and avenues around. The state of Jharkhand lied in neglected state of affairs. However, it proved to be a turnaround for the state, when PM Modi came into governance. With his visionary approaches, progressive mindset and strategic policies, PM Modi led a multifaceted approach, accompanied by far-reaching policies to bring inclusive and sustainable development in the region.

The last decade has seen some of the biggest transformational changes when it comes to infrastructure – be it in the sector of health, education, sports, transportation or logistics; none of the sectors have been left behind. PM Modi led government saw the potential in the region which none of the previous governments ever did. With government’s unprecedented attention and support, today the region has been witnessing all-round developments.

One of the key areas where PM Modi's government has made significant strides in Jharkhand is infrastructure development. Roads, highways, railways and airways, health and educational infrastructure have been constructed and upgraded to connect remote areas, facilitating better access to markets, healthcare, and education. To boost the infrastructure of the state, Ranchi has been selected under the Smart Cities Mission.

Till date Over 2,256 km of National Highways have been constructed in Jharkhand which have not only reduced travel time but also spurred economic activity along the corridor. Another major initiative is developing Varanasi - Ranchi – Kolkata Greenfield Corridor under Bharatmala Pariyojana to benefit Jharkhand. PM Modi led government has also approved tentative total capital cost of Rs 30,575 crore for the development of 1,000 km of National Highway corridors.

Additionally, the government has given a record budgetary allocation of more than Rs. 7000 crore for railway projects in the year 2024-25, which is almost 15 times the average outlay of Rs 457 crore during 2009-14. Along with that, the average annual commissioning by railways in Jharkhand has more than doubled under PM Modi led government. The government is all set to develop 57 stations as Amrit Bharat stations in Jharkhand. Additionally, 3 Vande Bharat have been operationalized connecting Ranchi with Varanasi, Patna and Howrah. Further, 2 new airports in the city of Deogarh and Jamshedpur have been operationalized increasing the count to an overall 8 air routes under RCS UDAN. The government in order to facilitate the farmers and connecting them to rest of the nation’s agri-link has also brought Ranchi airport under Krishi Udan Scheme.

PM Modi led government striving towards promoting the tourism and generating allied employment in the state has undertaken significant infrastructure development projects to enhance connectivity and accessibility. Over Rs 39 crore have been sanctioned under PRASHAD scheme for development of Baba Baidyanath Dham, Deoghar. Along with that, under Swadesh Darshan Scheme, over Rs 30 crores have been sanctioned by the government for development of theme-based circuits in the state.

Along with formulating policies and landmark initiatives, PM Modi-led government has never shied away from honouring the unsung heroes and giving them their due share of respect and a dignified place among the nationals. In November 2023, PM Modi became the first Prime Minister to visit Ulihatu Village, the birthplace of Bhagwan Birsa Munda. And in order to pay homage and to give Bhagwan Birsa Munda the due share of respect, Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Park cum Freedom Fighter Museum was inaugurated by PM Modi on November 15, 2021. The PM honoured Bhagwan Birsa’s sacrifice for the nation and tribal communities and dedicated the museum to the state as it is plays a significant role in promoting and preserving tribal history and culture. It also highlights the bravery and selflessness of tribals, which played an essential role in the development of the nation.

The government has been instrumental in empowering communities in Jharkhand. In addition to its already existing welfare measures and policies, ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ and ‘PM Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups Development Mission’ were launched by PM Modi in November 2023 from Jharkhand. In recent developments, in March 2024, PM Modi laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation multiple development projects in the fertilizer, rail, power, and coal sectors worth Rs 35,700 crores in Sindri, Dhanbad, Jharkhand.

In Sindhri PM Modi, dedicated Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd (HURL) Sindri Fertiliser Plant to the nation. The foundation of the fertilizer plant was also laid by PM Modi in 2018. Starting of the plant will lead to new avenues for employment of the local youth.

Today, the government initiatives and policies exemplifies how relentless and consistent the Modi government has been while trying to pursue growth and development for the benefit of the overall state. In conclusion, PM Modi led government by taking proactive decisions through strategic initiatives that focus on infrastructure development, connectivity enhancement, and socio-economic empowerment has fostered a conducive environment for increasing investment, building infrastructure and forging regional cooperation.

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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.