PM Narendra Modi laid out several promises during his campaign of 2014Lok Sabha Elections. Now that he has completed more than four years in power, do you think he has fulfilled all of his promises? Has the Modi experience matched the promised Modi magic of 2014? Read four years of Modi govt: What didn’t work and his unfulfilled promises.
A list of broken, failed promises
This is the most debated issue in the last four years. There are conflicting reports and claims about the record of the Modi government on the job front.
The ‘pakoda’ remarks were mocked by the Opposition. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been a vocal critic of the BJP government’s performance on the employment front. Instead of more job opportunities, thousands reportedly lost employment after demonetisation. Skill development has yet to show any tangible results.
Ganga clean up
The clean up of Ganga, was a major factor behind Modi’s win in Varanasi. It has been over four years but the holy river has not been cleaned yet.
Poisonous sewage water still seeps into the Ganga due to the absence a proper sewage plant in Varanasi. The river bank continues to be covered with filth.
The BJP leaders had promised to bring back black money stashed in overseas banks. However, this remains a promise.
The Opposition, particularly Rahul Gandhi, has been taking a jibe at the BJP while asking people whether the Modi government has deposited Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts.
The bank scams and the government’s failure to stop diamond merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi and Kingfisher owner Vijay Mallya from fleeing the country have certainly dented the government’s image.
Despite the passage of four years, the Modi government has not appointed a Lokpal. The issue seems to have been sidelined.
Making India Clean
The BJP said in its manifesto that the government would ensure a ‘Swachh Bharat’ by Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019. Programmes have been launched but cleanliness is still a dream.
The BJP promised to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to Jammu and Kashmir and abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution. But the dream has remained a dream.
Make in India /Startup India
The Modi government had promised to make India a global manufacturing hub catering to both the export and domestic markets. The government followed through on this promise by launching its flagship ‘Make in India’ programme in a bid to significantly boost local manufacturing and creating a new skills development ministry to provide vocational training to unskilled youth. It also launched a much-hyped ‘Startup India’ programme with the ostensible goal of making India the startup capital of the world, just like Israel.
But none of these initiatives seem to have gone very far.
One of Modi’s key poll promises in 2014 was to double farm incomes by 2022. Instead, farm incomes have fallen in real terms, primarily on account of food price deflation and the breakdown in the cash-based rural economy in the wake of the November 2016 demonetisation.
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