‘Acche Din Aayenge’—the tagline was used by honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ignite hope in billions of hearts for development, peace, security and justice when the country was in distress and agitation. But today, Acche din is more used as a controversial sarcasm on the Government of Bharat by media and opponent parties. Before we judge our government on their promises and vows we need to know—What is Acche din and what common man wants?
An ordinary man is always on a run to ease his daily challenges that he encounters on issue of safety and security for his family, some reliefs on pockets that enable savings for his future and a well structured, hassles free business and employment opportunities. Going a little further from basics he also includes; a corruption free system, faster and time bound justice, development of infrastructure in the name of tax collected, in its definition of Acche Din. He knows that its ‘We’ the people of the country who run the economy via sweat and hard earned money while government being merely a medium that provides road for our smooth and faster economic drive to growth, then why Bharat roared in one voice for Acche din? Country was enjoying considerable economic growth, loan waivers for farmers while subsidised LPG for middle class then why they aspired for better economic and structural condition of the country and wanted Acche Din.
Public felt betrayed. The country witnessed series of scams with public money that was entrusted by the people to the government for public development which was rather used for warming huge pockets of corrupt politicians and industrialists when the common man was already struggling under the ever rising burden of inflation. People wanted a more reliable governance and leadership under which they can be assured of transparency and legitimate use of public money rather than drained out as Black Money. Now when the PM Modi-led government has completed more than a year, we need to examine whether people have put their trust in the right government.
We normally see a glass half empty when we know that the glass is half full. Opposing parties have been claiming that NDA Government have not fulfilled their promises and showcasing the glass half empty; let’s see the fuller side of the glass that ensures restoration of economy and governance of the country.
On Finance and governance side:
- Inflation (CPI) drops from 8.59 per cent in April 2014 to 4.47 per cent in August 2015.
n Rupee became stronger by 6.4 per cent.
- Assuring benefits reach directly to the citizens through JAM—Jan Dhan, Aadhar, and Mobile.
- To prevent the cascading effects of indirect taxes on food prices and industrial goods government propose to bring GST in constitution by 2016.
- Suraksha and Jeevan Bima Yojana launched to provide economic security.
- Made credit cheap on easy credit terms and rates via MUDRA Bank scheme.
- Attempts have been made via Digital India to bring transparency to every citizen accessible easily via mobile.
- Launched Apps like Himmat and PPC for women safety.
On Youth, kisan and middle class side:
- ‘Make In India’ initiative to give lakhs of job opportunities.
- For quality and healthy life govt launched Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.
- Introduced soil health cards to detect soil fertility and launched DD kisan for continuous guidance and awareness on agricultural schemes and benefits.
- Proposed to create National Agriculture Market.
- Reduction in lending rate made financing cheap and gave more money in the hands of people.
The government is working on such lists of its each 22 ministries. As there is a famous saying – Rome was not built in a day, we need to see that foundation stones have been placed in every sector for its revival. Although we have not yet achieved what we desire, yet we are progressively moving in the direction that will lead us to our Acche Din in definite future. ‘Trust and believe’ is what business, relationship and government seek from its people, who can make the unexpected but the most desired dreams come true with just the power of Hope.
(The writer is a Reseacher on Finance &