During the past two years, the Modi Sarkar has demonstrated that it’s a ‘decisive government’ capable of taking even unpopular decisions in the larger interest of the nation, that’s exactly what the UPA government lacked.
The BJP government has introduced many policies such as the Jan Dhan programme, which was aimed at opening accounts for all the households, opening up of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in defence and railway equipment, insurance and pensions and also launched a campaign to implement them. It has continued rationalisation of subsidies, resulting in marking the market price of diesel and petrol and motivated people to give up LPG subsidies.
Even on the part of governance, the Modi government has taken decisions to merge unproductive departments and wings of certain ministries—a decision which the previous UPA government kept pending for long. Clean India campaign is another feather in the Modi government’s cap.
Another achievement is on the railway sector, where the government did not go after populist measure of introducing more trains and instead began focusing on improving existing infrastructure. Railways focus on clearing and completing all pending projects and allocating adequate funds in one go with a time-line for their completion would begin yielding results soon. Similarly, the government is also focusing on development and upgradation of road network.
The Modi government has taken many steps towards fulfilling its promise of bringing in radical economic reforms. The Sukanya scheme, more deduction on national pension system, NPS withdrawal reforms and real estate reforms are among the few.
However, the BJP government appeared to be slipping on the political front and on managing the public perceptions about it. Despite taking some good initiatives, the popular perception is that the popularity of the government has nosedived very fast as compared to the previous government.
The Modi government is being seen as confrontationist as it has not been able to take the opposition along—at least to get the pending GST and land reforms bills passed by the Parliament. Besides, it is also being felt in general that the BJP, as a ruling party, has failed to control its motor-mouth leaders who have been raising illogical issues with communal overtones with political motives.
Price rise of essential commodities are a matter of serious concern. “Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga”—Modi’s popular anti-corruption slogan—is now being linked to dietary habits of common people due to sky rocketing prices of pulses, vegetables and other essential commodities.
Expectations from the Modi government are very high. What the people want is a fast delivery on all promises made and in all sectors. The highly aspirational voter is not looking forward for an intangible jumla like mere talks on “Acche Din”, but concrete and decisive steps to improve their quality of services so that it can enhance their quality of life.