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Flash Back 2015: Modi government had rough patches, but there was green grass too

By Pallavi

Since the inception of the Modi government last May, it saw many ups and downs.

While critics would have a lot to say on the rough patches, supporters can argue invariably, basing on the countless positives that the government showcased. Here are a few of both:

Narendra Modi

The teeming victories

Smart City mission: The Modi government approved Rs 48,000 crore for a Smart City Project that included 98 cities. The Union Development Ministry said that they will provide Rs 100 crore per city per year for the next five years.

One Rank One Pension (OROP): The government has accepted the proposal of the veteran soldiers who demanded the scheme to serve all the ex-servicemen irrespective of the ranks they served at the time of the retirement. Under this scheme, the pension will be revised in two years. The OROP will be cost between Rs 8,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore.

[Read: PM Narendra Modi to launch 'India gold coin', other schemes on Nov 5]

Skill India: The GOI has promised to work toward equipping over 40 crore people with adequate skills by 2022. This is considered to be the government's move to end poverty in India. PM Narendra Modi said that India should emerge as the 'human resource capital' of the world as China has become the global 'manufacturing factory'.

Atal Pension Yojana: Open to Indian citizens between the age of 18 and 40 years of age, the scheme is mainly targetted at workers in the unorganised sector. The scheme will provide monthly pension to subscribers above 60 years.

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana: This will enable rural areas to have 24/7 electricity supply.

Digital India program: This program will help in empowering the nation digitally. This wil also help people to get all the information electronically. In fact, they can now enjoy various services on wire.

Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana: This insurance schemes covers a person for accidental death. In such cases RS 2 lakh will be given and for partial disability because of this, he would be conferred Rs 1 lakh. THis is valid for people between the age of 18 and 70 years of age.

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana: THis is a life insurance scheme that pays Rs 2 lakh with a premium of Rs 330 a year.

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT):Aimed at urban development, it encourages better living It emphasises on people-centric urban planning and development.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY): To be implemented in 305 cities and towns, the scheme focusses on living better.

The rough patches

Bringing back black money: The Modi government has been criticized particularly for this. Before the elections, Rajnath Singh had promised that black money would be brought back within 100 days and Rs 15 lakh would be deposited in each bank account after the money is brought back.

[Read: Modi Govt's strategy to unearth black money is a joke: Mohandas Pai]

The Modi suit: Priced at Rs 11 lakh, the 'Narendra Damodardas Modi' monogrammed suit had drawn much criticism from all parts of the country. It was later auctioned for Rs 4.31 crore and will be sent for charity.

[Read: There is no place better than India for any minority, says Salman Khan's father Salim Khan]

Tolerance, intolerance controversy: The recent debate on how tolerant India is toward Muslims has taken the world by shock. With eminent actors and writers returning their awards, the Centre cuts a sorry face not being able to control it. The debate spewed fire when a Muslim man was lynched to death in Dadri for allegedly storing and consuming beef.

[Read: Flashback 2015: From Award Wapsi to OROP, protest which haunted Modi Govt]

Beef ban controversy: Banning beef has been made compulsory in many states in the country. Banning slaughter of cows (which is considered sacred among the Hindus but is a staple for other communities) created controversy across the state, some of which also witnessed mass protests.

FTII row: Electing the chief of India's top film school cost a number of students going behind bars and lathi charges. In what was considered a simple decision with options like Shyam Benegal, Anupam Kher, and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the government complicated things when they elected a lesser-known actor Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of FTII.

[Read: Goa: FTII student arrested, protesters detained near IFFI]

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