Modi Mantra is changing the style and culture of Governance in the political corridors of Delhi. It can really create Magic of the development in the Rural, if all the plans and projects of Modi Govt.are implemented in toto on time. Onkareshwar Pandey is analysing the first Budget of Union Govt. which was largely focused on the Rural Bharat.
The power corridors of South and North Block on the Raisina Hills in Delhi are almost empty. Red lights on the top of every chamber are on, which means the Hon’ble Minister is busy, Secretary is busy. The babus who were usually coming late and then were usually seen moving in the corridors of the Ministry offices or sitting and gossiping in the canteens talking in the loud voices till before the elections can now be seen sitting mostly on their desks and busy doing their works. They pick up the phone and respond very gently. Not much visitors you can find in the galleries, and absolutely no touts. The face of Governance seems to be changing in the bureaucratic hub of national political capital Delhi.
The fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visible on the faces of those Babus who were masters of dilly dally politics and delaying the practice with the motives of underhand dealings. A new atmosphere in the Bureaucratic Circles is clearly visible; a new work culture is taking place. Modi mantra is changing it slowly but steadily. He wants people’s participation and suggestions in nation building and therefore the PMO has launched www.mygov.nic.in on the directions of the Prime&n bsp; Minister Modi. But the people living in Metros to Villages are asking "Achhey din kab aayengey bhai?""Wait kariye, sabra rakhiye, karaj dhire hot hai, kahe hot adheer" (Do wait, work is progressing slowly, don’t be impatient), said one senior official working in the Agriculture Ministry located at Shashtri Bhawan, New Delhi.
The work to implement the projects announced in the first budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government is going on in full swing. The focus of the Modi’s budget was majorly on the rural areas. It has given a new hope for development in the Rural Bharat.
The Govt. has talked about – Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission, Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, Reforms in the food sector, restructuring of FCI, reducing transportation and distribution losses and efficacy of PDS, better and more energetic Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, a 1000 crore Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sinchayee Yojana, provision of bank loan for women SHGs at 4% in another 100 districts, allocation of Rs. 8 lakh crore (around $133.8 billion) for agriculture credit, Long Term Rural Credit Fund for the purpose of & nbs p;providing refinance support to Cooperative Banks and Regional Rural Banks with an initial corpus of Rs.5,000 crore (around $836 million) and so on.
The Govt. has also proposed to set-up a "Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme" for encouraging rural youth to take up local entrepreneurship programs with an initial sum of Rs 100 crore. With the motto of "Sab ka Saath Sab ka Vikas". Obviously, all these proposals show a way of hope for Bharat which lives mostly in the villages.
The Government has announced the launch of a national multi-skill programme called Skill India. This programme is intended to skill the youth with an emphasis on employability and entrepreneur skills. It will also provide training and support for traditional professions like welders, carpenters, cobblers, masons, blacksmiths and weavers, etc. Convergence of various schemes to attain this objective is also proposed.
Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission on the Gujrat Model
Many people were expecting some developmental models to be introduced on the lines of Gujrat in the other parts of the country. And it was fulfilled with the announcement of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission which will be launched to deliver integrated project based infrastructure in the rural areas.
Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana
Power is a vital input for economic growth, thus the Government has committed to provide 24*7 uninterrupted power supply to all homes under the "Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana." A sum of Rs. 500 crores has been set aside for this scheme. Feeder separation will be launched to augment power supply to the rural areas and for strengthening sub-transmission and distribution systems.
The Union Government has planned to re-launch Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana which has a massive impact in improvement of access for Rural population. It has reaffirmed its commitment to a better and more energetic scheme which was initiated during the NDA-I under the stewardship of then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, it has been provided a sum of Rs. 14, 389 crore in the General Budget 2014-15.
A new programme called "Neeranchal" will be launched with an initial outlay of Rs 2,142 crore in the current financial year. Rs 3600 crore has been earmarked under National Rural Drinking Water Programme for providing safe drinking water in approximately 20,000 habitations affected. Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) is being re-introduced to encourage people, who may have banked and unbanked savings to invest in this instrument. The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that KVP was a very popular instrument among small savers and is being re-introduced to promote saving.
Boost to Agri Research & Agri-tech Infrastructure
Government has announced to establish two more Agricultural Research Institute of excellence in North-eastern state Assam and Central state Jharkhand with an initial sum of Rs.100 crore (around $16.7 million) and Rs. 200 crore (around $33.4 million) has been provided to open Agriculture Universities in the Southern state Andhra Pradesh and Western state of Rajasthan and also two Horticulture Universities in newly formed Southern state Telangana and North-western state Haryana. India already has 69 Agri Universities in the various states of the country. Setting up a few more universities will certainly give more thrust to the Agri Education in the Country. He has also announced to provide Rs 1000 Crore for "Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna". The minor and major irrigation projects in the country had been covering only a section of the farmers in the country so far. But with the new provision with the motto of "Har Khet ko Pani", it will cover the whole cultivable lands of the country.
But India also needs to analyse that how a very small country like Israel is producing more yields who has just One University and why we are not able to produce more with our 69 Agri Universities and hundreds of other Agri institutions. One of Israeli Diplomat answered to my above question by saying -Because our Agri scientists have to prove what they have studied after completion of their researches in the fields and your researchers keep their research books in the shelf and just use the Titles and&n bsp;Degrees of Doctorate."