New Delhi, May 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government completed three years of ruling the largest democracy in the world, India on Friday. The march to victory of Modi and his army began on May 16, 2014 when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a massive mandate in general elections by winning 282 seats. The saffron party, clean sweeped the General Elections 2014 by registering a huge win over the Congress which managed to gain only 44 seats. This was the first time since Independence that the Congress bagged such low number of seats.
PM Narendra Modi was elected to power with a hope that he would soon fulfill all the promises he had made during the campaign for the General Elections 2014. Out of the series of poll promises, the Prime Minister did manage to fulfill many but, is blamed for forgetting several others. In last three years, he has undoubtedly worked a lot for the people of India by introducing many schemes for their welfare but, India still awaits for the fulfillment of many promises that its PM had made after being elected to power.
Here’s what to expect from PM Narendra Modi in next two years:
- Solution to Kashmir unrest: The violence and the rift between the security forces and the stone pelters is not hidden from anyone. It is an ongoing issue and needs a stern solution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes that the incidents of stone-pelting can be stopped if the youths of Jammu and Kashmir join the mainstream of development. During the inauguration of Asia’s largest tunnel, the Chenani-Nashri, the PM had appealed the youths of Kashmir to shun violence and join hands to speed up the development of the Valley. However, the tension in the region, which marred the Valley in 2016 after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, still continues to haunt. Meanwhile, PM Modi has not been able to device a strategy to bring long-lasting peace in the Valley even after forming government in the region after coming into alliance with PDP.
- Job creation: The much-talked about poll promise made by the Modi government still remains unfulfilled. The Modi government, at the time of General Elections 2014, had promised generation of 1 crore jobs every year however, even after three years, the PM has not been able to spark up the job creation. “The country has been dragged through 10 years of Jobless Growth by the Congress-led UPA Government,” the BJP had said in its manifesto for the General Election 2014. Yet, the 2016-17 Economic Survey, stated a sluggish employment growth. The Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), until October 2016 had created an additional 187,252 jobs, as per the latest data.
- Reduction in Maoist terrorism: According to reports, there has been a reduction in the cases of Maoist terrorism since PM Modi came to power. However, the recent attacks on the security forces and the rampant encounters between the security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh still pose the question as to whether the Modi government will be able to curb the activities of Maoists and the violence caused by them.
- End of India-Pak tension: Even after several efforts, the ties between India and Pakistan could not be strengthened. It was under PM Modi’s rule when India conducted the surgical strikes on Pakistan. However, the neighbours retaliated by mutilating two soldiers of the Indian Army. Lately, the Indian Army destroyed Pakistan posts along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir. However, with numerous incidents similar to these, strengthening of the India-Pakistan relations will be a tough challenge for PM Modi.
- Ganga rejuvenation project: The Centre, in May 2015, had approved the Namami Gange programme with an outlay of Rs 20,000 crores for five years. Under the program, the government plans to beautify and modernise hundreds of ghats and crematoriums along the banks of river Ganga. Meanwhile, the government has assured the Supreme Court that the Ganga will be clean by 2018.
- Crackdown on black money and Benami properties: Modi government had promised a crackdown on the Benami properties and black money. In this regard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reportedly directed the revenue department to crack down on benami property and broaden the tax net while asking the department to scale up e-assessment facilities to cover 25 cities. To curb black money, the PM made a landmark announcement on November 8, last year wherein, he declared the demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. It will be interesting to see that how long will the impact of both these decisions last.
- Bullet train: In November 2016, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had made a declaration that the construction of a high-speed train corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will begin in 2018 and the people will be able to reap the benefits of the service by 2023. To this, PM Modi had said that in terms of specific projects, India and Japan remain focused on making strong progress on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project. Hence, people of India can expect a ride in a bullet train soon here in India itself.
The charisma of Narendra Modi among people is unbeatable however, it will interesting to see whether, the Prime Minister will be able to deliver promises made by him or not.