Transformative Development: PM Modi's Nine-Year Legacy in Punjab

Published By : Admin | April 2, 2024 | 19:19 IST

"On the one hand, Guru Nanak Devji showed the path of unity, brotherhood and harmony to the society through social philosophy; on the other hand, he presented to the society an economic system which is based on truth, honesty and self-respect."


- Prime Minister Narendra Modi (in his address at Dera Baba Nanak at Gurdaspur, Punjab in 2019)
Since 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has played a pivotal role in ushering in a new era of constructive and cooperative federalism, contributing significantly to the overall development and growth of the state of Punjab. Under his leadership, the central government has left an indelible mark on the land of five rivers through a comprehensive approach encompassing infrastructural, agricultural, and cultural initiatives.
Speaking of development in the agricultural sector, the Modi government has assisted the state of Punjab with its visionary schemes and initiatives. More than 23 crore farmers benefit from the PM-KISAN scheme in Punjab, with total DBT transfers worth over Rs. 4,750 crore. Credit disbursement to farmers has also seen a remarkable increase—from 34.78 lakh agricultural loan accounts in 2018-19 to 43.92 lakh in 2022-23. The loan amount also increased from over Rs. 77,000 crore to nearly Rs. 91,000 crore in the same period. Around 73% of these loans are via the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme. As of March 2023, there are nearly 22 lakh operative KCC accounts.
Procurement at Minimum Support Price (MSP) has also increased in Punjab. Over 12,00 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) of paddy was procured in the state between 2004-05 and 2013-14. It increased to nearly 17,00 LMT during 2014-15 to 2023-24. The quantity of wheat procured increased from 975 LMT to over 1,100 LMT in the same period.
The Modi government has also given a fertiliser subsidy of over Rs. 55,000 crore to more than 62 lakh farmers in Punjab in the last six years (up to January 2024). The farmers in Punjab are also assisted in crop residue management. From 2018-19 to 2023-24, the Modi government released Over Rs. 1,500 crore, distributing over 1.3 lakh machines to individual farmers and establishing over 25,000 custom hiring centres. The Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation has also distributed over 12,000 machines to farmers while setting up custom hiring centres, hi-tech hubs, and farm machinery banks. Nearly 10,000 projects have been sanctioned under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund with a backing of Rs. 2,740 crore—attracting investments of over Rs. 4,500 crore into the state.
The Modi government has steadfastly committed to bolstering infrastructural development in Punjab. In January 2024, a monumental stride was taken with the inauguration of 29 National Highway projects, injecting over Rs. 4,000 crore into the state's economic veins. These projects are set to play a crucial role in enhancing the ease of living and doing business for the people of Punjab, fostering economic growth in the state.
The emphasis on connectivity is evident in the substantial increase in the total length of National Highways in the state, surging from approximately 1,700 kilometres in 2014 to an impressive 4,100 kilometres in 2021. Amritsar is undergoing significant development as part of the Smart City Mission and is poised to emerge as a modern hub.
A groundbreaking achievement is the establishment of India's first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) in Punjab under the World Intellectual Property Organization's TISC program. This initiative aims to stimulate a vibrant Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system, fostering the state's creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit.
The foundation stone laid for the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway in 2022, a 669-kilometer marvel, is a testament to the government's commitment to improving connectivity. With an estimated Rs. 39,500 crore cost, this expressway halves travel time from Delhi to Amritsar and Delhi to Katra, connecting key economic centres across multiple states, including Punjab.
Healthcare infrastructure in Punjab is also witnessing a transformation, with the foundation stone laid for a 100-bed PGI Satellite Centre at Ferozepur. This state-of-the-art facility, costing over Rs. 490 crore, will offer world-class medical services, addressing the region's healthcare needs. Additionally, two medical colleges at Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur are being developed, reflecting the government's commitment to providing accessible and quality healthcare.
The Modi government has recognised and supported Punjab's rich cultural legacy through initiatives like Dekho Apna Desh and Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared 26th December as the Veer Bal Diwas, commemorating the martyrdom of Sri Guru Gobind Singh's sons, Baba Zorawar Singh Ji and Baba Fateh Singh Ji, reflecting the deep cultural roots of Punjab.
Approving the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to the International Boundary is a landmark decision showcasing the Modi government's sensitivity towards the Sikh community. This corridor allows pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan.
Under the PRASHAD scheme, 46 projects at Rs. 1629.17 crore have been sanctioned, including the development of Karuna Sagar Valmiki Sthal at Amritsar and Chamkaur Sahib at Rupar. The Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway further connects key Sikh religious sites at Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran and the holy Hindu shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra—reinforcing the government's commitment to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Punjab.
The last nine years under the Modi government have witnessed a paradigm shift in Punjab's development trajectory. The multifaceted approach encompassing infrastructural, agricultural, and cultural initiatives reflects a commitment to holistic growth. As Punjab embraces a brighter future, it is a testament to the success of the Modi government's collaborative and cooperative federalism.

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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.