Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bharat Sankalp Yatra touches all

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What is the use of launching a scheme if it did not reach the target group and if its benefits did not trickle down to people fully? During the Congress regime, welfare and development schemes were launched but none bothered to ensure whether the schemes reached the people or not.
The then PM Rajiv Gandhi, while touring in drought-hit Kalahandi in Odisha in 1985, expressed concern over only 15 paise out of every rupee being spent by the government for the welfare programmes.  The rest of the 85 paise was being cornered by middlemen. Rajiv Gandhi himself admitted to it.
Recently delivering a judgment, Supreme Court, which referred to the words of Rajiv Gandhi, opined that the benefits would be ensured to reach the people with the help of Aadhaar card.  Ever since Modi was voted to power, he focused on the issue. He encouraged linking Jan-Dhan bank accounts to Aadhaar cards and mobile phones to ensure benefits directly reach people.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman said that the Centre was able to save Rs 273 lakh crore of public money during the past nine-and-a-half years with the help of the direct cash transfer scheme introduced by Modi.  Under the direct cash transfer scheme, benefits like pension, funds released under food for work programme, payment of interest, LPG subsidy reach into the bank accounts of beneficiaries directly upon verification of the Aadhaar card.
If the administration is perfect, more funds could be made available to sectors like education, health and so on, according to Modi. To ensure whether government schemes reach the public 100 per cent, besides saving the public money, Modi in the last November undertook Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra.
Objective of the yatra would be to reach the public directly and sensitise the people about welfare and development schemes and also ensure that they get their due partnership in the implementation of the welfare and development schemes. The objective of the yatra to identify people who did not derive benefit like getting ration cards, insurance, pension and so on in spite of their eligibility and sanction them the benefits then and there. It is a wonder of the yatra.
Objective of the yatra would be reach beneficiaries in all 2.60-lakh village panchayats and over 4,000 urban local bodies by Jan 15, 2024.
Right from PM to Union ministers, elected people’s representatives from Lok Sabha constituency to village panchayats take part in the yatra and reach out to the people. Within a month of launching the yatra by Modi, the government reached 2.50-crore people in 68,000 village panchayats.
Modi flagged off the Bharat Vikasit Yatra at various places and over 2 crore beneficiaries of Central and State government schemes shared their experiences.
Modi described the Bharat Sankalp yatra as an acid test for him. Whether is there any other PM in the country who regards people not getting benefit under development schemes as his or her failure?
Besides enquiring whether he fulfilled the promises that he had made to the people or not, he contacted the people of his constituency Varanasi last week.
The PM opines that the people should be sensitised to find out whether they are eligible to derive benefit under a scheme or not.
If 140 crore Indians vow to develop the nation, Modi dreams of India emerging as the developed nation by 2047.
Several Union government schemes like Ayushman Bharat, PM Awas Yojna, PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna, Ujjwala Yojana, PM Kisan Yojna are being implemented. Most of the beneficiaries of the schemes were backward classes, Dalits, Adivasis and women.
While Narendra Modi is gearing up to reach the people confidently on the implementation of government schemes, the Opposition party ruled governments in AP, West Bengal and Delhi have been playing havoc with meeting the objectives of the schemes.
Jaganmohan Reddy in AP has been affixing his name to centrally-sponsored schemes rather shamelessly. It may be recalled that centre gives 60% of the funds to the centrally-sponsored schemes. The Centre had to question the rationale behind Jaganmohan Reddy affixing his name to the central scheme. How many do know that the Centre gives Rs 1.80 lakh to each house being built in AP for the homeless poor?
But, Jaganmohan Reddy claims as though he is building all the houses being built for the homeless poor under the scheme Jagananna Colonies being implemented by Jagan government. But, Narendra Modi never named any of the Centrally-sponsored schemes after him. The scheme would be know with the prefit Pradhan Mantri.
In West Bengal too, the same procedure is being followed. Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna scheme is being implemented removing the words Pradhan Mantri. The objective behind such tactics is to get false publicity that the schemes are being implemented by the West Bengal government.
The AAP government in Delhi is implementing Ayushman Bharat scheme under the name of Mohalla Clinics.
Violation of rules by West Bengal led to not qualifying to get any funds from the Centre in 2004. Flow of funds to the AP also was stopped. Telangana government also could not implement the scheme properly.
The states, setting aside their personal and party interests, should implement the Central schemes in tune with the rules so that the whole country would develop healthily.

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