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Governance model now people-centric rather than govt-centric: Modi

ByRajeev Jayaswal
Jun 06, 2022 03:38 PM IST

He said earlier policies used to be government-centric, which means people were responsible to get the benefits of the schemes

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday underscored his government’s aim to expeditiously take welfare schemes to the level of saturation with a “people-centric” approach rather than the “government-centric” model that prevailed eight years ago. He said India has emerged as a hope for a large part of the global community because of people’s active involvement in the development process.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

Modi asked all public offices to take schemes and reform initiatives to the intended beneficiaries rather than waiting for the people to come to them. “In an earlier day, the country suffered because of government-centric governance. But, today in the 21st century, the country is progressing with the approach of people-centric governance,” he said in Hindi while inaugurating a week-long celebration as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (AKAM), celebrating 75 years of India’s independence, jointly organised by finance and corporate affairs ministries.

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He referred to the previous governance model and said policies used to be government-centric making people responsible for accessing the government agencies to get the benefits. The entire system was cumbersome and used to be full of bureaucratic processes that dissuaded people to take the benefits of such schemes, he said.

Modi said the current government believes in the people-centric approach, where policy reforms and schemes must reach the people. “It should be our responsibility to reach to all those who need help,” he said, citing the example of the integrated credit portal ‘Jan Samarth’ he launched on Monday.

The portal, an initiative of the Union finance ministry, is a one-stop gateway for over a dozen of the government’s credit-linked schemes directly connecting beneficiaries to lenders.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who also heads the corporate affairs ministry, recalled Modi’s speech eight years ago saying this government is dedicated to the cause of common citizens, particularly the poor and backward in every way. She added that spirit Modi has ensured that all of them follow.

Sitharaman said the portal “will act as a single platform for loan application and processing” under credit-linked government schemes. Already 13 schemes and over 125 lending institutions have joined the portal, she said.

The launch of the portal will improve the lives of students, farmers, businessmen, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises entrepreneurs and will help them in realising their dreams, Modi said. He added that the portal will also help the start-up ecosystem.

He highlighted a changed approach to governance since 2014 in terms of increasing public participation. He added that gave impetus to the development of the country and empowered the poor. He added the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan [Clean India Initiative]’ gave an opportunity to the poor to live with dignity while facilities such as concrete houses, electricity, gas, water, and free treatment increased the dignity of the poor.

“The scheme of free rations during the Corona period freed more than 80 crore [800 million] countrymen from the fear of hunger. We are witnessing a new confidence among the citizens to come out of the mentality of deprivation and dream big.”

He referred to objectives and goals of reforms and said if there is seriousness in implementation, then good results are assured. Modi underlined the need to encourage entrepreneurial abilities of youth. He said the reforms, changed approach to governance and simplification of processes are meant to help them. “Our youth can easily open the companies they want. They can start their enterprises easily, and they can run them easily.”

He said simplification is the focus of all reforms, citing examples of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and government’s e-marketplace GeM portal. “GST has now replaced the web of many taxes at the Centre and the state. The country is also seeing the result of this simplification. Now it has become normal for GST collection to cross 1 lakh crore every month,” he said. He said the GeM portal has reformed procurement process and made selling to the government very easy. Purchase figure for the portal has crossed 1 lakh crore, he added.

“We have shown in the last eight years that if India collectively decides to do something, then India becomes a new hope for the world. Today the world is looking at us not just as a big consumer market but looking at us with hope and confidence as a capable, game changing, creative, innovative ecosystem.”

He said a large part of the world expects India to solve global issues. “This is possible because in the last eight years, we have trusted the wisdom of the common Indian. We encouraged the public as intelligent participants in growth. We have always found that whatever technology is deployed for good governance is not only adopted by people but also appreciated by them,” he said, referring to the Unified Payment Interface that helped in revolutionising the country’s massive financial inclusion programme.

Modi also inaugurated a digital exhibition, which traces the journey of the ministries of finance and corporate affairs over the past eight years. Sitharaman heads both the ministries.

Modi separately released special series of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 coins having the logo of AKAM and features so that they can be easily identifiable to the visually impaired persons.

The Modi government’s AKAM plan rests on five pillars – “freedom struggle, ideas at 75, achievements at 75, actions at 75, and resolve at 75”. Both finance and corporate affairs ministries have important roles to play in the vision envisaged by Modi.

Presenting the Union Budget on February 1, Sitharaman said: “… we are marking Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, and have entered into Amrit Kaal, the 25-year-long leadup to India@100. Hon’ble Prime Minister in his Independence Day address had set out the vision for India@100.” She added the core areas of focus would be all-inclusive development, promotion of digital economy and fintech, energy transition, climate action, and relying on a “virtuous cycle” kicking off from private investment with public capital investment helping in the endeavour.

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