The Modi government has had quite an eventful 2015. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi found moments of worldwide attention during his numerous foreign trips, the BJP-led government ran into some 'beef'y issues.However, the government has launched some highly-promising campaigns this year. While these campaigns seem to have immense potential, only time will tell if they meet expectations. We recap six of these campaigns that the government launched this year:
This extremely ambitious inter-ministerial programme aims to
a) create a digital infrastructure for the government
b) make India an e-governance state
c) complete digital literacy.
One Modi's pet projects, Digital India created big waves thanks to the private sector that has promised a Rs 4.5 lakh crore investment in the venture. With projections of creating lakhs of jobs, DI is also proposed to give the IT industry in India a massive boost. These are the pillars of Digital India Programme:
1. Broadband Highways
2. Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity
3. Public Internet Access Programme
4. e-Governance - Reforming Government through Technology
5. eKranti - Electronic delivery of services
6. Information for All
7. Electronics Manufacturing
8. IT for Jobs
9. Early Harvest Programmes
10. Upgradation of Indian IT
However, experts say the programme could make it extremely easy for the government to spy on its citizens. Plus, will there be innumerable delays in the implementation?
Launched on 22 January 2015, in Panipat, Haryana, this could be PM Modi's most passionate scheme which aims to provide better welfare services to women. Started with a Rs 100 crore corpus fund from the government, the programme initially aims to improve the sex ratio in 100 critical districts by 10 points a year, eradicate female feoticide and increase secondary school education for girls.
The small-deposit scheme for the girl child, Sukanya Samridhi Yojana, was launched along with it and its purpose is to ensure that every girl in the country will have some money in her account since the day she is born and when she reaches 18, there is a lump sum available for educational purposes. The much popular #selfiewithdaughter campaign was a byproduct of Beti Bachao.
With his view set on making India a highly-skilled nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Skill India Campaign on 4 July. Aiming to create a pro-skilling environment in India, the government will work in tandem with state and district administrations to spread awareness on skill development and bring a common direction to skill development efforts in the regions.
One of the stand out points of the programme is that vocational training classes linked to the local economy will be introduced in schools from Class 9 onwards. This will be done over the next five years with a goal of covering at least 25 per cent of the schools. The programme aims to skill 24 lakh youth, across India, over the next one year.
This very ambitious programme from the central government, also called Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan, plans to make people with disabilities gain universal access, equal opportunity for development, independent living and participation in all aspects of life in an inclusive society. In one of their major plans, the scheme aims to make at least 50 per cent of the government buildings in New Delhi as well as state capitals fully accessible for the disabled by July 2018.
The most ambitious of them all, this mission has some very big plans for India. The cabinet has approved Rs 98,000 crore for the development of 100 smart cities and for the rejuvenation of 500 others.The core infrastructure elements of this great smart city plan are:
1) Adequate water supply
2) Assured electricity supply
3) Sanitation, including solid waste management
4) Efficient urban mobility and public transport
5) Affordable housing (especially for the poor)
6) Robust IT connectivity and digitisation
7) Good governance (especially e-governance and citizen participation)
8) Sustainable environment
9) Safety and security of citizens (particularly women, children and the elderly)