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For third-year bash, govt. to project India as economic powerhouse

The NDA government will showcase India as a global “economic powerhouse” to mark its third year in office. The countrywide celebrations for the government’s third anniversary will begin in Guwahati on May 26.

india Updated: May 16, 2017 22:37 IST
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
The NDA government which completes three years on May 26  will project India as an economic powerhouse as party of the celebrations across the country.
The NDA government which completes three years on May 26 will project India as an economic powerhouse as party of the celebrations across the country.(PTI)

As the NDA government readies to celebrate its third year in power on May 26, it will not only highlight its achievements of a winning streak in electoral politics or people-centric policies, but will also showcase India as a global “economic powerhouse”.

The government which had pitched demonetisation as proof of its crusade against corruption is patting itself on the back for India having climbed 16 spots to 39th rank in the world economic forum’s (WEF) global competitiveness index, indenting it as the “highest leap by any country”, with an “improved ranking” in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2016.

India has also climbed to the 8th place on FDI confidence index.

Amid reports of job cuts and concerns about the growth of economy, the Narendra Modi-government is presenting India as a destination for investment with high GDP growth rate of over 7%, highest FDI ever and fiscal deficit in control.

Starting May 26, the government will launch a massive publicity exercise across 900 districts in the country for which all central ministers and state ministers of BJP-ruled states and members of Parliament have been roped in.

The government’s third-year bash will start with Prime Minister Modi’s address in Guwahati.

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As in the previous two years, people-centric schemes such as the Ujjwala scheme that provides cooking gas connections free of cost to women from poor households and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana that promises affordable houses for the economically weaker sections will be the focal point of these publicity exercises.

A new feature this year will be 500 beneficiary sammelans (gatherings), where the spotlight will be on the impact of schemes on the common man. Cases will be presented on how government programmes and policies left a positive impact.

But the government’s successes in foreign affairs will be equally highlighted.

Topping the list here is the historic land border agreement with Bangladesh, surgical strikes at several terrorist launch pads across the LoC in Kashmir and anti-terror operations across the border in Myanmar.

A mention will also be made of the bilateral visits by the PM and other heads of nations to India, some after decades of little engagement. Take for instance PM Modi’s visit to Nepal, which came after 17 years of the last Prime Minister’s visit or his visit to Sri Lanka, which was 28 years after the last such visit.

India becoming the first country from the region to enter Missile Technology Control Regime is being touted as “big diplomatic victory”.

A senior official associated with the anniversary programme told HT that the focus was to “reach every corner of the country and not leave out even single district” to create awareness about the people-centric programmes designed in the past three years, since the BJP-led NDA government came to power with a thumping majority.

Ministers and MPs have been asked to gather feedback during these public meetings across the country. The idea is to have the government’s ear to the ground so that in the upcoming assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the BJP is aware of the mood of the people and the work that needs to be carried out.

A team of four ministers, headed by human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar, has been given the charge of drafting the programme for the third-year celebrations.

The broadcast arms of the government - All India Radio and Doordarshan - will offer their platforms to relay interviews with ministers and run scheme-based programmes, with emphasis on the “corruption-free” administration.

The government’s drive against black money stashed overseas, crackdown on benami properties, and shunning the “VIP culture”- scrapping red beacons for all except emergency services and accepting public nominations for Padma award - will also be highlighted.