A network of over 4000 voluntary organisations all over the country under the banner of
Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA) on Sunday released a Citizens’ Report on one year performance of the National Democratic Government( NDA) led by Narendra Modi.
The Report titled ‘Citizens’ report on one year of NDA government: Promises and Reality’ makes an attempt to see the impact of the flagship schemes of the government on the poorest of the poor and the vulnerable communities.
The report takes along the experts views along with a varied voices of common people across the country from over 100 districts, where consultations have been held by WNTA and its partners.
The key performance of the government have been analyzed on the implementation of the key schemes announced by it like Swachh Bharat, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Make in India, Smart cities, Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana and slogans like Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikash to measure the government’s response to people’s priorities and development needs.
Pradeep Baisakh and Beena Pallical of WNTA shared the highlights of the Report. The Report brought out the fact that within the first few weeks of the new government, 113 communal incidents took place in various regions. In May and June 2014, 15 persons were killed and 318 others injured, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed Rajya Sabha. Churches have been vandalized and Muslims in several parts of the country have been targeted by the fundamentalist elements. The secular fabric is well under threat. The Prime Minister’s call for religious tolerance and harmony, therefore, has to pass the test of time.
BJP’s promise to bring back the black money stashed away in far flung safe havens has been under a fair assessment. The Report pointed out Stringent laws have been formulated by the NDA regime aiming at restricting the hoarding black money, but the names of people having accounts in foreign banks are evading the public gaze. This is bewildering as it goes against the public expectation.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan—is another novel domain, has been categorised as a full-fledged scheme backed by a very visible media blitzkrieg. However, no additional mechanism seems to be in place and the safai karmachari communities engaged in sanitation tasks are far short in number, majority are under contract labour, are poorly and irregularly paid.
On this occasion, Harsh Mander, former member of National Advisory Council and Supreme Court Commissioner on Right to Food said that the government has attacked three fundamental pillars of constitution. They are: liberty, equality and fraternity. He criticised the government of dismantling the welfare nature of the state by stealth.
Nilotpal Basu of CPM said “The policies of the Modi government could be characterized in three forms: its attack on people’s livelihood, force communal divide, and authoritarian directions. Since this is a government sponsored by the Corporate, it will now repay them with cheap labour, land and natural resource.”