Progress or achievements are relative terms in English and that is left to the perception of the masses. As the NDA government completes its 2 years, as someone who supported their cause on the social media, feel they could have certainly done better than what was projected. Socially relevant and politically irrelevant issues were given much importance which has certainly distracted public attention from the good that was done. Much more is expected and these five years is critical for the youth of the country for we were pushed back during the preceding decade of bad and dynastic governance. It is time to set right the goals rather than entering into political turmoil.
The government began well from where UPA had left in the year 2014 after indulging in massive corruption. Whether it is allocation of 2G spectrum or coal blocks or direct cash transfer to LPG consumers and MNREGA workers, the writing is on the wall.
A pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Gandhian way, sanitation ministry’s Swachh Bharat mission got wide public support, especially on social media after celebrities joined the Clean India challenge. Not just stopping with cleaning the locality, the government has taken initiatives such as building more toilets, waste management and garbage segregation. Real success will however happen, when manual scavenging is completely eradicated. India’s lobbying got success when the United Nations declared June 21 as International Yoga Day. The mass yoga performance at Rajpath, which was led by Mr. Modi himself, set the record of most number of people participating in such an event.
Mann Ki Baat made a mark at the National level. It was first such initiative in India where a top leader addresses millions, that too periodically. The programme even featured U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to India. Digital India saw a significant progress. This flagship programme of Ravi Shankar Prasad’s Communications Ministry aiming to create a knowledge economy and good governance is travelling in the right path. Every minister and every ministry is now on Twitter. A slew of e-governance measures like digital locker and feed backs through mygov.in are some notable initiatives.
Make in India got the much needed momentum and the share market saw the first upheaval after a long time. Monsoon failure throughout the country gave some anxious moments and a setback for the ruling party but we hope rain Gods will open the skies early. We hope that Social media will shower more praise of the whole hearted efforts of a tireless leader. It is time to set right the goals.
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