Independence-Day speech: Govt readies report card on promises PM Modi made last year

After a detailed analysis of the speech, eight specific promises have been identified for the report card. These pertain to the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, energy-rich India, farmers’ welfare, healthy India, saluting freedom fighters and saluting tribals and giving an identity to every Indian.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:August 5, 2017 4:50 am
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In preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day, the government has prepared a report card on the status of promises he made in his speech last year. It has also written to the ministries concerned, seeking responses on any recent update that may have been left out.

After a detailed analysis of the speech, eight specific promises have been identified for the report card. These pertain to the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, energy-rich India, farmers’ welfare, healthy India, saluting freedom fighters and saluting tribals and giving an identity to every Indian.

Interestingly, the report card says that no status update is available with the Press Information Bureau on the promise of giving an identity to every Indian.

On Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which is also among the 70 schemes to be showcased to mark 70 years of independence, the report card says that the pace of construction of rural roads reached a seven-year high of 130 km per day in 2016-17 as compared to 73 km in 2011-2014.

In the present financial year 2017-18, the target is to construct 57,000 km of roads under PMGSY, at an average per day rate of 156 km, connecting 16,600 habitations, according to the tabulated worksheet.

On Modi’s commitment to an energy rich India — he had made special mention of solar energy — the document says: “Total solar capacity as on 30.06.2017 is 13114.59 mw (*This is a quantum jump from Solar Power installed capacity of 3,743 MW in 2014-15).”

On farmers’ welfare, an issue on which the government has been facing heat, the report card mentions a new central sector scheme called Kisan Sampada Yojana approved in May with a Rs 6,000-crore outlay, 236 integrated cold chain projects in the works and a special fund of Rs 2,000 crore in NABARD to make credit available to designated food parks and agro-processing units.

The report card notes that that the promise of increasing freedom fighters’ pension to Rs 30,000 per month from Rs 25,000 has been fulfilled by the Home Ministry through an order that sanctioned the monthly sum for ex-Andaman political prisoners or their spouses. Modi’s emphasis on online medical records in last year’s speech was followed by financial assistance to 16 states and Union Territories under National Health Mission for creation of online medical records, says the report card.

The most detailed update has been drawn up on the promise of “saluting tribals” with the Tribal Affairs Ministry having received four proposals from Gujarat, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh to set up parks and museums and showcase tribal movements.

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    Mehar Bhai
    Aug 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    Mehar Bhai
    Aug 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    MAHATMA GANDHI-Father of the Nation: "NO JUSTICE IF DELAYED..SUPREME JUSTICE BY SUPREME JUDGE WITH SUPREME LAWS:."NETA-BABU MANMARJI RAJ:Nothing New. Relax.Day by day executive and dirt corrupt politics bent upon to destroy the judiciary saved world largest democracy so far. Netas-Babus nexus always found anti-judiciary and mostly diluted the role and powers of judiciary created uncons utional quasi-judicial bodies just to favor and adjust retired babus by-passing and snatching the powers of judiciary.No fair and independent judiciary as run by babus. Article 50 of the Holy Cons ution fully ignored just to continue corruption, nepotism, favoritism,abuse of power .The senior most judges are ignored for promotions but non-judicial persons from outside are being made Supreme Court and High Courts judges against all canons of service jurisprudence under political direct interference at all levels.World best judiciary also not free from dirt politics.No law to tax agriculture but taxed.
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    Roby Mani
    Aug 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm
    Get ready for fake news. Cleaver set of personw who are good at filling old wine in new bottleand claiming credit fro the same, The well meaning ideas of ManMohan Singh which were vehemently opposed by the BJP while in opposition are now being implemented in and tom tommed as their achievement. Are you not ashamed of your self Mr Modi, How low can you descend to.
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    Barb Dewyre
    Aug 5, 2017 at 7:05 pm
    Get ready for an annual dose of lies, more lies and ed lies.
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    Kamal Pasha
    Aug 5, 2017 at 3:28 pm
    The murderer of the Mahatama of Independence of India is going to give jumbo bahashan on Independence Day with full lies of fake promises like before. The speech is being prepared by Yoghi and will be passed by Raj Nath.
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    ASHOK
    Aug 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    It's really unfortunate that people who supported the British during India's freedom struggle are addressing India on Indian Independence day
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    Jeevan
    Aug 5, 2017 at 11:44 am
    Last year he told he made Air india a profit making company for the first time in a decade hiding the fact it was due to low fuel price and more plans to make it even more profitable in the coming years. Now they are going to sell it.
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