The present government led by premier Narendra Modi recently completed two years in power. Voters are curious to know in what manner the “Achchhe Din” have manifested themselves through the government’s schemes.
Swarajya is a 58-year old magazine which qualifies itself as a “liberal right-of-centre” magazine without affiliations to any political party. The digital edition of this magazine has developed an Achchhe Din Monitor, a dashboard which rates the accomplishments of various ministries of the Modi government in the two years since its ascent to power.
The ratings for each ministry are calculated by juxtaposing the achievements in various schemes with the targets decided at the outset, according to data that is periodically made available. Let us take a look at how the union government has fared at fulfilling its promises.
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The Railways minister Suresh Prabhu has fared remarkably well by awarding 65% of the contracts for a dedicated freight corridor, and acquiring 81% of the required land for the same.
The Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal has also been instrumental in bringing down the import dependence for coal, and increasing domestic production to a considerable extent. Equally laudable are the efforts of Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways.
The ambitious Digital India scheme, MUDRA, Social Security scheme and Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan are still moving, inching rather, towards their targets.
The highly publicised Namami Gange scheme to clean and regenerate the river Ganga, with Uma Bharti at its helm, has fared poorly, with no data having been made available and no concrete steps having been taken towards execution.
The detailed analysis can be read here: http://swarajyamag.com/achche-din-monitor
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