Fifty days into office in its second term, the Modi Government on Monday said it is already "walking the talk" on the promise of rapid development and claimed to create a five trillion dollar economy with Rs 100-lakh-crore investment in infrastructure development in coming years.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar presented the report card and achievements of the Government asserting that "speed, skill and scale" have been manifested in the first 50 days of its second term.
Javadekar said the Modi Government has hit the ground running for the welfare of all sections of the society, including farmers, traders, small businesses, unemployed youth and middle class. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn-in on May 30 after the BJP won 303 seats — the first time since 1971 that an incumbent Government returned to power with such a thumping mandate.
The Government has taken historic decisions which show a clear roadmap of faster development in infrastructure, social justice and education, he said. Javadekar expressed confidence over the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 and added that India's manned mission to space, Gaganyaan, will be launched in 2022.
"With Rs 100 lakh crore of investment to be made in roads, railways, ports, airports and other infrastructure, the formation of Jal Shakti Ministry, the mission to reach out to every house by 2024 with assured water supply, we are walking the talk with speed and many historical decisions," he said.
"Investment will come from across globe. In 50 days so much has been done for all sections of the society that people are assured of what Modi had said after assuming power that 'sabka saath, sabka vikas, aur sabka vishwas' (with all, development for all, with everyone's trust) and fast-paced development.
"People have seen action on this vision. Speed, skill and scale have been manifested in the 50 days. Farmers, soldiers, youth, labourers, middle class, traders, taking India forward, taking India's relations with neighbours forward, investment, development of resources, fight against corruption and social justice, have been the highlights of 50 days," he said.
Citing the setting up of a national research foundation, giving labour, particularly unorganised labour, and small and medium-sized enterprises required help for flourishing, he said these efforts will not only increase the employment opportunities, but also ensure justice and welfare for all sections of the society.
He also reiterated confidence that the government will achieve its dream of becoming a $5 trillion economy in the period in which it has decided to achieve the target. Listing the achievements of the Government in the first 50 days in office, Javadekar said important developments were Rs 6,000 assistance to all farmers, increase in Minimum Support Price of several crops by two-three times, and 10,000 farmers organisations being formed. He said changes in labour code will benefit 40 crore informal sector workers through wage and labour security.
The Minister also highlighted steps taken to boost investment in the country such as Rs 70,000 crore provided for Public Sector Banks (PSB) recapitalisation and a separate TV channel for start-ups to be launched. He also underlined the success of steps taken by the Government in reducing the impact of separatists in Jammu & Kashmir.
The Prime Minister's first decision after assuming office for the second term was for children of slain military and police personnel, giving scholarship to them. Among other achievements of the Government, he cited pension for traders, tax benefit for the middle class, and benefits of home loans interest and the GST.
Javadekar further talked about the decisiveness of Government in safeguarding children against sexual crimes through amendments to POCSO Act. He also outlined the steps taken to reform medical education in the country.