Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India has witnessed a paradigm shift towards people-centric governance. The last 8 years of the Government have been based on the Prime Minister’s mantra of ‘Reform, Perform, Transform’. Across sectors, landmark policies and initiatives have been implemented to improve last mile delivery of benefits and enhance development outcomes across the country.
The policies have focused on improving infrastructure, ramping up healthcare facilities, ensuring farmers’ welfare and protecting the marginalized. Further, India has witnessed unprecedented strides in youth-led and technology-led development and has also seen various reforms aimed at enhancing ease of doing business in the country. Another important aspect has been enhancing National Security and implementing initiatives to develop the remote regions of the nation. Additionally, women centric policies have played a major role in promoting participation of women in sectors such as Defence.
Pro-poor Initiatives from Day 1 – The clarion call of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayaas’ became the cornerstone of policies aimed at improving the lives of the underprivileged. Schemes such as PM Ujjwala Yojana, PM SVANidhi Scheme, Jal Jeevan Mission, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan have all been instrumental in providing basic amenities and improving the quality of living of the poor. Under the PM Jan Dhan Yojana, over 45 crore people were brought into the formal banking sector, further enabling ₹22.6 Lakh Cr worth of Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) to beneficiaries.
Additionally, as with the onset of COVID the nation went into lockdown, Government schemes such as PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana led to free distribution of rations to more than 80 Cr underprivileged people. Further, initiatives such as PM KISAN have been transformational in strengthening the agriculture sector by providing ₹6,000 every year to over 11 Cr farmers across the nation. ₹1.2 Lakh Cr has been disbursed for insurance claims under the PM Fasal Bima Yojana and 167 kisan rail routes have been operationalised to improve farm to market logistics.
Better Healthcare for all – COVID-19 outbreak was an unprecedented situation for the entire world. Despite the severe burden on medical facilities, India handled the pandemic in a focused and efficient manner. Through a concerted push by the Government, India became home to the largest and fastest vaccination drive in the world. During the pandemic, healthcare facilities were also ramped up including inauguration of multiple oxygen plants and increasing PPE manufacturing capacity from 0 to second largest in the world. To ensure that vaccinations reached the remotest parts of the country drone technology was used and for the first time in the world the entire vaccination drive was digitized.