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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"Building Atmanirbhar Bharat Through Comprehensive Job Creation"
February 24, 2024

One of the most effective pathways of aspirational and practical self-actualization for citizens of a nation is employment generation at scale and expanse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been cognizant of this need and has moved the needle comprehensively so that job creation today is happening across the spectrum: in the formal and informal sectors, through direct and indirect opportunities, in conventional and unconventional fields, and via self-employment and the opening up of multiple avenues for gigs, start-ups and novel entrepreneurship.

Government Initiatives
If on the one hand, Bharat is seeing the exponential growth in the number of start-ups and a conducive environment has made it one that has the largest number of unicorns, on the other hand a record number of Mudra loans sanctioned have fuelled unprecedented women-led growth, and the Agniveer scheme that aims to recruit youth into the Armed services has seen adoption in record numbers. According to a Harvard University research, India is among the top quartile of fastest-growing countries till 2029 and is undergoing a historic transition towards becoming a more formalized and technologically advanced, digitally evolved nation.

In the three years between 2017-18 and 2020-21, total employment increased by 8.4 crore which is a manifestation of several key factors such as demonetisation, rationalisation of taxes, the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), digital inclusivity and digitisation of financial transactions, inclusion of skill development and vocational training in the National Education Policy, increasing the number of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), a fillip to the hitherto marginalized segments such as rural and tribal populace, and effective incentivization for a highly labour dominant unorganized sector. An example is how PM Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), has benefitted more than 56 lakh rehri or street vendors from June 2020 to November 2023.

Immense positive impact can be seen in the nation’s formal employment sector. India is the 5th largest economy in the world with 1.12 crore net additional employment created between 2015 to 2018. This is a result of the confluence of progressive, pro-industry policy decisions, leveraging of advancements in technology, reforms to ease business investment, and a focus on skilling. An example of how this translates on the ground is that with the PM MUDRA Yojana More than 15 crore people have been employed in the MSME sector out of which 3.4 crore are women.

In the IT Industry alone, around 20 lakh people have been employed between 2013-14 and 2021-22. Indirectly, about 6.24 crore jobs were created between 2014 and 2019 in India’s digital economy. When it comes to a boost in employment generation across sectors, let’s take the example of tourism – a revamped and increasingly attractive tourism and hospitality industry led to 1.9 crore indirect jobs being created in the tourism sector between 2017 and 2020. The overhaul in the hospitality sector has led to the creation of many such jobs directly, and indirectly; India is among the most visited countries in the world and has been experiencing a growing influx of tourists. This has led to business incentivization and a boost to local artisans, transport providers, and hotels and restaurants within the larger hospitality service industry. In Air transport alone, for every Rs. 100/- invested in the sector, 610 indirect jobs are generated.

Infromal Sectors
The winds of change can also be seen in the disruptive as well as informal sectors. Providing security and stability to the unconventional health and wellness, since 2014, about 5.65 lakh practitioners have been provided employment under Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). The introduction of several new reforms, an increase in FDI, which have further helped in improving the ‘ease of doing business’ along with low data costs, improvised processes and ready adoption have created a thriving new ecosystem for employment – the gig and platform economy. Gig-economy jobs grew year-on-year by 13% and over 29.20 crore people have registered so far on the E-Shram portal. From 2016 to May 2022, ‘Hunar Haat’ has created employment avenues for over 10.5 lakh artisans and talented Vishwakarmas.

The continuing chain of beneficiaries in the government’s Gati shakti model include processes that act as catalysts for indirect job creation in sectors such as transport, logistics, mobility, food, consumer goods and manufacturing products. Up to 2021-22, 53,696 km of roadways were created which generated 21.8 crore man-days of employment. As mentioned before, round 6 crore people employed in unorganized sector between 2017-18 and 2019-20 have benefited from the SVANidhi Yojana – making PM Modi’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas aur Sabka Prayas a quintessential facet of employment for all.

People-first policies such as the flagship program for equitable housing, the PM Awas has created 2.39 crore indirect jobs up to 2022. Another great example of the ripple effect of employment generation can be seen in the form of Production Linked Incentive (PLI) schemes which enable the expansion of existing industries into larger ones, while promoting the creation of new ones. As an example, 5 lakh incremental jobs have been created in the mobile manufacturing sector due to PLI. As per the Economic Survey 2023, PLI schemes are slated to create 60 lakh jobs. In addition, India’s fintech adoption rate of 87% as against the world average of 64% has enabled the creation of an ecosystem that is touching the lives and livelihoods of all – including the self-employed and small business owners.

To this end, Rozgar Melas that aim to provide 10 lakh jobs in less than two years, and that meld employment opportunities and unique talent have been a boon for the economy. Rozgar Mela is a key step towards the fulfilment of the commitment to accord the highest priority to employment generation in the country. On 12th February, 2024, PM Modi distributed more than 1 lakh appointment letters to newly inducted recruits and also lay the foundation stone of Phase I of the Integrated Complex “Karmayogi Bhavan” to promote collaboration and synergy amongst various pillars of Mission Karmayogi. “Rozgar Melas are playing a crucial role in enhancing the contribution of our Yuva Shakti in nation building”, said PM Modi. Rozgar Mela will be held at 47 locations across the country this year with recruitments taking place across central government departments and state governments/UTs supporting this initiative. These melas ascribe gainful opportunities to the youth, the Amrit Generation, and create pathways for their direct participation in national development. Similarly, under the Prime Ministers Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), over 43.77 lakh people have got employment and the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) has led to the placement of over 24.51 lakh candidates.

As policy making becomes efficient, so do its representative tools; more than 19.9 lakh people have been placed in jobs through employment exchanges between 2017-2022. The government has incessantly been taking many measures to tackle unemployment issues and stem the unemployment rate. The Amrit generation is benefitting from a multi-pronged approach; if on the one hand, Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), has benefitted around 2.94 lakh from 2014-15 to December 2022, on the other hand, over 1.80 lakh new job-creators and entrepreneurs are now operating under the Stand-Up India scheme.

New India – Naya Bharat – is one that thrives on a developed mindset with the aim of making the country Atmanirbhar, and a Vishwa Mitra – one the world leans on. As an example of this commitment, in the current financial year, Khadi has achieved a historic milestone by generating over 9.54 lakh new jobs. Be it our push towards renewable energy, creating a decarbonized energy sector which ranks India is 4th globally or the reduction of unemployment rate in rural areas, (decreased from 5.3% in 2017-18 to 2.4% in 2022-23) the commitment of PM Modi’s government to decisively mitigate unemployment stays foremost.

A spurt in the employment index is predicated on employment mobility to higher productivity jobs, rising job rates in secondary and tertiary sectors, promotion of women as economic catalysts and the increased formalisation of the unorganized, informal sector. PM Modi’s government has consistently come good on all the parameters which is the reason why milestone, upon milestone, Bharat’s journey towards becoming Atmanirbhar and the world’s third largest economy, is only a matter of time.