The government has set the year 2022 as the target for achieving several social sector schemes, including that of substantial reduction in poverty.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said in his Budget speech that 2022 will be the Amrut Mahotsav, the 75th year of India’s independence and the vision of what the PM has called ‘Team India’ — led by the states and guided by the Centre.
There are several objectives to be achieved by 2022 – a roof over every family, a toilet in every household, round the clock power supply, clean water for every house, at least one member of each family having economic opportunity, medical facilities in every village etc.
Jaitley also said that 75,000 junior or middle schools will be upgraded to senior secondary level by 2022 and facilitating skill upgrade for the youth to enhance their employability. The year is also the target to bring all regions of the country at par on development and living standard.
The Budget indicates that the government has shifted some goal posts as the earlier target for some objectives like providing around the clock power was 2019 --- the year of the next general budget. It comes as the government has realised that the earlier target of 2019 may not be achievable due to the government’s fund crunch.
Experts term the target as ambitious but achievable if the state governments become an able collaborator with the Centre to achieve these national objectives.