PM Narendra Modi Fight Against Corruption

Published By : Admin | April 2, 2024 | 18:40 IST

Before 2014, one scandal after another exposed the corrupt ways of an old Indian elite that had wormed itself deeply into parliament, media, and the commanding heights of the industry. More and more new tycoons rose not on merit but on political connections. The nexus between big business and politics became the hallmark of the political regime before 2014.


Indians were disgusted by the brazenness of these machinations and crony capitalism when 2G licences were given to favourites, the fraud which apparently cost the country Rs 1.76 lakh crore; coal mine licences were given to fly-by-night operators, which caused a loss to the tune of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to the government, and the Supreme Court had to cancel allocation of the Coal Blocks. The coal scam, one of the biggest scams in the country, adversely impacted the Indian economy. Because of the scam, genuine companies did not come forward to mine the coal blocks, and India was compelled to import coal from outside. While the harmful policies and corruption brought stagnation in economic growth, persistent double-digit inflation and insufficient jobs, crony capitalism created a deep dent in India's reputation and global image.


The legitimacy was provided to foreign capital flows from dubious sources through tax havens, political protection to illegal mining businesses and reluctance to penalise lawbreakers and super-rich tax evaders. Agencies were "misused" to save then sitting ministersand to retain power. For survival, ED and CBI were asked to go soft on coalition partner leaders facing probes for disproportionate assets. The concern for the common man proved shallow. It was "visibly reluctant" to tackle the price rise of essential commodities. It believed in providing a tax bonanza for big businesses and maintaining favourable terms for foreign finance speculators. All this promoted perverted capitalism, which was celebrated as India's growth story.


While the previous government ten years could be described as the "lost decade of corruption and cronyism," Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "politics of performance" made India the world's fastest-growing economy. A "devastated" economy, which was “rebuilt” by Prime Minister Modi "rebuilt" after coming to power at the centre in 2014.


The Modi government launched the government e-marketplace (GeM) for online purchases of goods and services. Subsequently, GeM became the Modi government's mandatory e-marketplace to source goods and services, as it applied to all departments and ministries. The government e-marketplace brought transparency, streamlined government procurement, and curbed corruption in India's procurement services. The government introduced the requirement of registering on the portal with an Aadhar card, PAN card and other identification systems to ensure security. The system has been designed to leave a digital trail, which has brought openness to doing business in India.
Powered by the Jan-Dhan, Aadhaar, and Mobile trinity, the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) became the poster child of India's corruption-reducing, welfare-enabling reform of the Modi government. While "saving" Rs 2 lakh crore by preventing leakages, the DBT's success has won India's global accolades. The IMF described DBT as a "logistical marvel" that has brought efficiency and transparency to government welfare schemes by eliminating the middlemen and intermediary bodies.


When Narendra Modi became India's Prime Minister in 2014, his government ensured that there was no control whatsoever over the probe agencies in registering, investigating, and prosecuting corruption cases. In addition, not only were investing agencies made independent, but the Modi government strengthened them. The Modi government, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002, allowed the ED to share information with 15 more agencies to bring more accountability to the workings of the government. Moreover, the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, and the Benami Property Act, along with the establishment of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Black Money, were enacted by the Modi government to tackle illicit financial activities. These efforts have resulted in the initiation of numerous cases and the recovery of substantial amounts of black money.


Prime Minister Modi's two consecutive terms have seen "tremendous structural changes" in the country. The most defining changes have been Prime Minister Narendra Modi's politics of performance, his ability to transform and execute it at an unprecedented scale and depth, solve problems that remained unsolved for decades and change the narrative about India. Before 2014, rampant corruption damaged the economy and stunted its development, preventing our nation from reaching new heights. However, the country's economic management, focus on inclusivity, ease of doing business and the successful implementation of welfare programs today is a shining example of how Prime Minister Modi's performance politics has transformed India over the last ten years, taking it from the 'fragile five' to the top five economies of the world, poised to be among the top three, while increasing India's global stature and influence.

 

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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.