My dear fellow citizens!
Service, in our Indian ethos is the ultimate duty – Seva Parmo Dharma. One year ago, you had entrusted me with the responsibility and honour of serving you as your Pradhan Sevak. I have devoted every moment of every day, and every element of my body and spirit, in fulfilling the same with fullest sincerity and honesty.
We assumed office at a time when confidence in the India story was waning. Un-abated corruption and indecisiveness had paralyzed the government. People had been left helpless against ever climbing inflation and economic insecurity. Urgent and decisive action was needed.
We systematically went about addressing these challenges. Runaway prices were immediately brought under control. The languishing economy was rejuvenated, building on stable, policy-driven proactive governance. Discretionary allotment of our precious natural resources to a chosen few was replaced with transparent auctions. Firm steps were taken against Black Money, from setting up a SIT and passing a stringent black money law, to generating international consensus against the same. Uncompromising adherence to the principle of purity, in action as well as intent, ensured a corruption-free government. Significant changes have been brought about in work culture, nurturing a combination of empathy as well as professionalism, systems as well breaking of silos. State governments have been made equal partners in the quest for national development, building the spirit of Team India. Most importantly, we have been able to restore Trust in the government.
Guided by the principle of Antyodaya, our Government is dedicated to the poor, marginalized and those left behind. We are working towards empowering them to become our soldiers in the war against poverty. Numerous measures and schemes have been initiated – from making school toilets to setting up IITs, IIMs and AIIMS; from providing a vaccination cover to our children to initiating a people-driven Swachh Bharat mission; from ensuring a minimum pension to our labourers to providing social security to the common man; from enhancing support to our farmers hit by natural calamities to defending their interests at WTO; from empowering one and all with self attestation to delivering subsidies directly to people’s banks; from universalizing the banking system to funding the unfunded small businesses; from irrigating fields to rejuvenating Ma Ganga; from moving towards 24x7 power to connecting the nation through road and rail; from building homes for the homeless to setting up smart cities, and from connecting the North-East to prioritizing development of Eastern India.
Friends, this is just the beginning. Our objective is to transform quality of life, infrastructure and services. Together we shall build the India of your dreams and that of our freedom fighters. In this, I seek your blessings and continued support.
Always in your Service,
The aim is to de-license and de-regulate the industry during the entire life cycle of a business.
Govt intends to develop industrial corridors and smart cities to provide infrastructure based on state-of-the-art technology.
‘Make in India’ has identified 25 sectors in manufacturing, infrastructure and service activities and detailed information is being shared through interactive web-portal and professionally developed brochures.
‘Make in India’ intends to partner with industry in the economic development of the country. Our approach will be that of a facilitator and not that of a regulator.
Defence Sector & FDI
Policy in Defence sector liberalised and FDI cap raised from 26% to 49%. Portfolio investment in Defence sector permitted upto 24% under the automatic route. 100% FDI allowed in Defence sector for modern and state-of-the-art technology. 100% FDI under automatic route permitted in construction, operation and maintenance in specified Rail Infrastructure projects.
Simplified Tax system has been formulated for Ease of doing Business. Basic customs duty on 22 inputs/raw materials has reduced manufacturing cost in various sectors. GAAR to be deferred by two years. Rate of Income Tax on royalty and fees from technical services reduced from 25% to 10%.
14 Government of India Services through online single window portal of eBiz. Process of applying for Industrial Licence & Industrial Entrepreneur Memorandum made online on 24x7 basis through eBiz portal.
Investor Facilitation Cell created to guide, assist and handhold investors.
Validity of Industrial license extended to three years. Major components of Defence products’ list excluded from industrial licensing.
Requirement of NOC/Consent to establish for new electricity connection eliminated. Number of documents required for export and import of goods have been reduced to 3.
GOI is also building a pentagon of corridors across the country to boost manufacturing and to project India as a Global Manufacturing destination of the world.
The NDA Govt announced that farmers will be eligible for input subsidy if 33% or more of their crop is damaged.
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana will give a boost to productivity by ensuring irrigation facilities. Farmers are being educated about modern irrigation methods to give ‘Per Drop More Crop’.
Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana
Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana has been launched to motivate groups of farmers to take up organic farming.
Soil Health cards
Soil Health cards have been introduced to enhance productivity of specific crops in a sustainable manner and shall be issued to all 14 crore holdings in the country. About 248 lakh samples are to be analyzed in 3 years’ cycle.
New urea policy
A new urea policy has been announced to enhance domestic production and energy efficiency & Revival of fertilizer plants in Gorakhpur, Baroni and Talcher done to enhance self-sufficiency.
Price Stabilisation Fund
Price Stabilisation Fund with a corpus of Rs.500 crores has been established, to support market interventions for price control of perishable agri-horticultural commodities. Gram Jyoti Yojana will provide uninterrupted electricity supply using feeders. Credit target has been raised to Rs. 8.5 lakh crores, ensuring convenient access to loans at concessional rates.
Use of technology
Technology is empowering farmers in a big way through the Kisan Portal. Use of mobile governance in agriculture has been given a fillip, with more than 550 crores SMSes sent to about 1 crore farmers as advisories and information.
Auction and Allotment proceeds from 67 coal blocks have touched 3.35 lakh crore. The Delhi High Court remarked, “what has convinced us is the fact that the auction process has worked out well. The process by itself does not appear to us, to be arbitrary or irrational. There is, of course, no allegation that the auction process is designed to favour any particular bidder”.
In an innovative step to ensure transparency, Environment Ministry has started process of online submission of applications for Environment approvals.
In the spectrum auctions the Govt’s approach ensured massive gains, in stark contrast to the zero loss theory of the past. The complex issue of defence band identification pending since more than 7 years was resolved & good quantity of 2100 MHz released by the Defence Ministry was put into the auction. Spectrum in 4 various bands - 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz were put into simultaneous and multiple rounds of auction for the first time, so that the operators could take informed decision. As against the approved reserve price of Rs 80277 crore, the auction fetched a record Rs 109875 crore.
On the Black Money front, SIT was constituted on the first day of office. Government is working in coordination with Swiss Government & getting information of cases investigated by IT Department.
Taxes and bills
The Government approved the Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) Bill 2015. Provisions of the Bill include severe penalties & punishment for undisclosed foreign income and assets. It is also mandatory to quote PAN for purchase/sale of above Rs. 1 lakh.
Pradhan Mantri Vidyalakshmi Karyakram
A fully IT based Financial Aid Authority to administer & monitor all education loans and scholarships through Pradhan Mantri Vidyalakshmi Karyakram.
Ishaan Vikaas seeks to bring selected school children and students of Engineering College from the North-Eastern states into close contact with IITs, NITs and IISERs during their vacation.
Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Mission for Teacher Training has been launched to enhance the quality of teaching.
Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN) has been initiated to invite eminent faculty, scientists, and entrepreneurs from premier educational and scientific institutions across the world to teach in the higher educational institutions in the country during summer and winter breaks with a view to give international exposure to Indian students.
SWAYAM will leverage Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to enable online education.
National e-Library will facilitate universal access to educational material and knowledge sources.
ShalaDarpan is a mobile technology to ensure that parents are connected to schools, enabling them to monitor the progress of their children.
UDAAN is for the development of girl child education, so as to promote the admission of girl students.
USTTAD has been approved to upgrade the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/crafts.
The Govt created a dedicated ministry of Skill Development immediately to empower our youth. 76 lakh youth have been provided skill training so far under various programs. Skill certifications have been given academic equivalence under ‘School to Skill’ programme. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana with anoutlay of Rs. 1,500 crores has been approved. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana will train 10 lakh rural youth in 3 years
Amendments to Apprenticeship Act is paving way for more opportunities for on-the-job training. Govt will support one lakh apprentices in next two and a half years by sharing the 50% of the stipend. Govt plans to have more than 20 lakh apprentices in next few years against present number of 2.9 lakh.
National Career Centres
National Career Centres have launched to provide nation-wide opportunities& act as one stop shop for online services. They will also help the youth with rich career related content& self-assessment tools.
Numerous passenger-friendly amenities like Wi-fi on railway stations, passenger helpline (138), security helpline (182), paperless unreserved ticketing, e-catering, mobile security app and CCTV cameras for safety of women, etc have been launched.
High speed bullet train for Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor has been planned. Feasibility study of New Delhi – Chennai route is underway. 1,983 km of railway lines have been commissioned and 1,375 km of railway electrification has been completed this year which is the best ever performance. 6 new pilgrim trains have been launched and Katra line opened for travel to Vaishno Devi.
Bharat Mala has been started for construction of roads along India’s borders & coastal areas. Toll fee collection at 62 toll plazas has been discontinued for convenience of commuters. Highway projects awarded has registered more than 120% increase over last year. No of roads constructed through Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana has increased.
The Sagarmala Project will ensure port–led development through development of vibrant coastal communities. The Growth rate of cargo throughput in ports doubled from 4% to 8% this year. MoU has been signed with Iran for development of Chahabahar Port and access to Afghanistan and Central Asian states. Jal Marg Vikas Project will promote transportation and inland waterways down the Ganga.
Construction of new integrated terminal buildings in Mohali, Tirupati and Khajurahoare at completion stage. Terminals at Kadappa and Bikaner have been completed.
Up-gradation of airports at Hubli, Belgaum, Kishangarh, Tezu and Jharsuguda commenced. India's International Aviation Safety Audit (IASA) upgraded by FAA.
The NDA Govt at the Centre accepted the 14th Finance Commission’s recommendations. These states would get 42% shares of tax revenue as compared to 32% earlier.
The Provincial Leaders Forum
In a novel initiative PM Modi was accompanied by two Chief Ministers on his visit to China. They participated in a landmark initiative: The Provincial Leaders Forum. This will usher in a new era of state to state co-operation.
The NITI Aayog was formed to further empower and strengthen the states. NITI Aayog will act with speed, to provide the strategic policy vision for the govt as well as deal with contingent issues. NITI Aayog will also work to evolve a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of the states in the light of national objectives. The vision of the NITI Aayog will provide a framework for a ‘national agenda’ for the PM and the Chief Ministers to provide impetus to.
In a major boost to the states, particularly the coal rich states of east India, a major portion of the proceeds from the successful coal auctions would go to the states helping them immensely.
Good and Services Tax (GST)
NDA Government has built a national consensus and introduced a Bill to amend the Constitution to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST will put in place a state-of-the-art indirect tax system by 1st April, 2016.
Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
The Govt has started Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana to encourage MPs to take ownership of a village in their constituency and develop this as a model village.
The Govt has approved the MoPNG proposal to supply Natural Gas at uniform price to all grid connected gas based fertilizer plants for urea production.
Gas based power
It has also approved the scheme for utilization of stranded gas based power generation capacity which will help in revival of 16000 MW stranded gas based power plants.
With the easing of investment caps and controls, India’s high-value industrial sectors – defence, construction and railways – are now open to global participation. Policy in Defence sector has been liberalised and FDI raised from 26% to 49%. Portfolio investment in Defence sector permitted upto 24% under the automatic route. 100% FDI allowed in Defence sector for modern and state-of-the-art technology on case to case labels.
100% FDI under automatic route permitted in construction, operation and maintenance in specified Rail Infrastructure projects.
On 2nd October 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission was launched throughout length and breadth of the country as a national movement.
He gave the mantra of ‘Na gandagi karenge, Na karne denge.’ The PM also invited nine people to join the cleanliness drive and requested each of them to draw nine more into the initiative.
He carried out a cleanliness drive in Varanasi as well. He wielded a spade near River Ganga at Assi Ghat in Varanasi under the Clean India Mission.
The PM has always openly lauded the participation of people via social media. The ‘#MyCleanIndia’ was also launched simultaneously as a part of the Swachh Bharat drive to highlight the cleanliness work carried out by citizens across the nation.
People from different sections of the society have come forward and joined this mass movement of cleanliness. From government officials to jawans, bollywood actors to the sportspersons, industrialists to spiritual leaders, all have lined up for the noble work.
Prime Minister himself has praised the efforts by people and various departments and organisations for taking part in the Swachh Bharat Mission and contributing toward a cleaner India.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has become a ‘Jan Andolan’ receiving tremendous support from the people. People have started to take part and are helping spread the message of ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness.’
May 26th 2014
PM Modi and the Council of Ministers took oath, seated in the audience were all the SAARC heads of State.
His first ever visit outside India after taking over as PM was to Bhutan
He became the first PM to go to Nepal on a standalone bilateral visit.
The PM visited Sri Lanka to cement India-SL ties.
The PM joined the BRICS Summit in Fortaleza (Brazil), where he met the BRICS leaders to chalk out the roadmap ahead for the BRICS Nations.
The PM addressed the General Assembly of the UN.
The PM attended the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. In the same month the PM attended the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar.
He visited Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka and focused on the Indian Ocean.
The PM’s visit to France, Germany and Canada was aimed at better cooperation with European Nations and Canada.
The PM visited Japan during which the two nations agreed to cooperate extensively in areas like industry, technology and the smart cities project of the Govt.
The PM went to China, where he was accorded a very special welcome in Xi’an, which was for the first time that a world leader had been welcomed outside Beijing. He became the first Indian PM to visit Mongolia. He also visited South Korea, where he met leading CEOs, visited a shipyard and made a strong pitch for investors to invest in India.
USA President Barack Obama came to India as the Chief Guest for the Republic Day Parade.
PM Tony Abbott and President Xi Jinping visited India, where PM Modi welcomed them in Gujarat.
President Putin of Russia made an important visit to India, where nuclear and trade ties were discussed.
During his Fiji visit, the PM met leaders of all Pacific Island Nations and deliberated on various issues to enhance bonds. Later this year leaders of African Nations will grace Delhi for a Summit. The PM has met Arab Leaders, discussing ways in which India can cement ties.