100 days of Modi Government: Is high handedness becoming worrisome?

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
With the Narendra Modi government taking over the reins of democracy, people expected a lot from the new government and thought that their lives would soon change and the acche din will soon come. Hopes riding on Modi were reflected in not only what people expecting from Modi but also reflected in the optimism of the stock market.

With 100 days of Narendra Modi Government in power, many moves were made in the right direction but there were many which seemed to be a bit authoritative and what was more disconcerting was its penchant for fuelling controversies over many petty issues. Altogether, 100 days of Modi sarkar becomes a mix baggage.

The recent instructions from government to extend school hours on Teachers' Day (September 5) to show the PM's speech live between 3 and 5 pm has stirred a controversy and not only the speech even renaming of the Teachers day to Guru Utsav adds more to it. Though, it is now being said that it is a voluntary activity, but after a diktat from teh government, will a teacher really exercise his/her choice.

This is just one example, there have been many more things which have raised questions over the decisions of the government.

Spreading of communal colours

Despite communal statements made by BJP's members like Yogi Adityanath, there has been no stern steps from the government to check such divisive statements. The card of communal politics is being played by many Modi supporters which will inturn harm the country.

Many good things are being planned, and also announced which would bring great results. But merely boasting about the plans would not do. For example, doing away with the Regional Traffic Offices (RTOs) has been announced by the government, but by doing away with this system, many problems will be created too.

Building a new institution in place of already existing one is a big no as the time which is being wasted in doing away with it and then replacing it with new one will take a long time. Rather, if possible, plans should be made to improve things rather than scrapping the same.

Other issues

There are other issues like price rise, inflation for which the government needs more elbow room, thus one cannot really say anything on these issues.

Raising the FDI cap, the Jan Dhan Yojana are few issues which have been implemented but only time will tell whether these issues have really done good or bad for the people of the country.

More serious issues which are becoming worrisome for the country as well as the government:

India losing $1 trillion annually to corruption

A study conducted by the UK-based NGO, ONE, has revealed some startling facts which says that corruption is leading to monetary losses to India which could if saved would wipe out poverty within a few years.

A HT report says, "The study found that developing countries such as India are losing $1 trillion every year through "a web of corrupt activity that involves shady deals for natural resources."

It further said, "According to Global Financial Integrity, India lost an average of $34,393 million due to illegal financial flows between 2002 and 2011. India was in the top five countries losing money, behind China, Russia, Mexico and Malaysia. The loss is pushing governments to cut down on funding critical programmes like health care, inhibiting private investment and reducing economic growth."

The report also says that countries like India are contributing nearly $3.2 trillion of the money which is being held in off-shore accounts, secretly.

India slips to 71st rank in global competitiveness list

The annual list, released by Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) has revealed that in an annual global competitiveness list, India has slipped to 71st position which is the lowest among BRICS countries.

"Continuing its downward trend and losing 11 places, India ranks 71st. The country's new government faces the challenge of improving competitiveness and reviving the economy, which is growing at half the rate of 2010," WEF said.

The rankings are based on WEF's Global Competitiveness Index (GCI)which is based on scores covering 12 categories.

They are institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labour market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication and innovation.

Such things need more attention from government so that more and more jobs are created which would in turn help the crippled economy of our country.

Although 100 days is a small period to talk about what the government has done but certainly it is a period which gives you a sneak peak into the future and thus one can easily say, that things have begun well but they are still far from done. 

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