Paving the Way for Rural Prosperity

Published By : Admin | March 14, 2019 | 14:25 IST

Rural infrastructure is cornerstone of overall development of the nation. Under the Modi government, the sector has received massive impetus so as to bridge the gap between rural and urban life.

Rural Road Construction on Priority

Rural roads are an inextricable part of rural infrastructure, which provide connectivity to the diverse set of markets and services that aid the rural economy to grow.

Speed of rural road construction has doubled from 69 km per day in 2013-14 to 134 km per day in 2017-18. Rural road connectivity is more than 91% as of October 2018, as against 55% in March 2014, ensuring that villages do not fall behind in the development trajectory of a New India.
A massive 1.95 lakh km of road length were completed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana since 2013-14. A significant number of unconnected habitationshave already been provided connectivity. 100% connectivity is targeted by March 2019. This greatly aids goods and services reach villages, farmers reach markets and youth avail educational and employment opportunities. The targeted construction of thousands of kilometres of roads in areas affected by Left Wing Extremism is also helping development reach those areas.

Setting Records in Rural Electrification

Electricity opens up a whole new world of opportunities from children being able to study at night to farming and allied activities becoming tech-intensive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared in his 2015 Independence Day speech that the government would electrify every single village in 1,000 days. This target was achieved even before the deadline. The Modi government electrified more than 18,000 villages, many of them in extremely remote areas or across hills. When the last un-electrified village in India, Leisang, in Manipur, was electrified, the whole nation applauded in a wave of jubilation. Development truly became a mass movement, as PM Modi often exhorts the nation.

Now, electrification has moved onto powering every home and 2.5 crore households have already been powered through the SAUBHAGYA Yojana, as of February 2019. One must remember that many of these households belong to the poor and underprivileged, often residing in rural or rurban clusters.

Modi government’s initiative to bring light to every village in the country was recognised and praised by (IEA) International Energy Agency as well. The agency called it one of the greatest success stories in the world last year in its World Energy Outlook 2018 report.

Improving connectivity in rural areas

Modi government is committed to equip Indian villages with modern technology. As a result, progress of Bharat Net project has been going on at a rapid speed and scale.

As of May 31, 2014, basic communication infrastructure was abysmal and only 59 Gram Panchayats were made service ready, with only 358 km optical fibre cables laid.

In contrast, as of Feb-2019, 3.13 lakh km of OFC had been laid, covering 1.24 lakh Gram Panchayats out of which 1.17 lakh GPs are connected to high-speed broadband and are service ready.

This apart, when the Modi government came in, there were only 83,000 Common Service Centres across the nation. Now, that number has been taken to around 3 lakh in just 4.5 years of the Modi government. These Common Service Centres are run by village level entrepreneurs and provide many digital and utility services to the people. They also employ more youth from those villages, giving fillip to the economic growth of the villages.

Modi government is developing rural infrastructure in its entirety, with a target leaving no village undeveloped, thus paving the way for a new India which is progressive and equipped with modern infrastructure.

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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.