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100 Days of Modi Government

One Year of Modi Sarkar

Shri Narendra Modi-led BJP’s 2014 General Election Campaign and its subsequent victory with a massive mandate was a closely watched event worldwide and therefore, it is only natural that with the BJP-led NDA government completing one year in office, a fair assessment would be made on what was promised and what has been achieved thus far.

Recalling the legacy backdrop

When Narendra Modi-led government came in power, it had to contend with a serious situation that Dr. Manmohan Singh-led UPA II had left behind. The overall business sentiment was low with the government’s policy making becoming hostage to policy paralysis on part of the bureaucracy. The 2G and Coal Allocation scams took a toll on the government’s decision making capability and overall morale of the bureaucracy. This was further compounded with deep suspicions of rampant corruption at all levels of the government and the captains of the industry collectively expressed lack of faith in the inability of UPA II to lead the nation into a third term.


Narendra Modi, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was sworn in as Prime Minister of India on 26 May 2014. He is heading Union Council of Ministers of 45 members including 24 with Cabinet rank. The ceremony was attended by the heads of all SAARC countries. The Modi government has outlined its agenda for five years which includes various measures to increase growth and create job opportunities. The government also promised to encourage investment opportunities and create a certain, transparent and just environment. At the first joint sitting of Parliament after the 2014 General Elections, President Pranab Mukherjee said that the new government will begin a series of social, health and infrastructural programmes. He also asserted that according to the Modi government there will be 'zero tolerance' towards terrorism. So here we present to you Modi 100 day diary where in we'll be covering each and every day of Modi Government's performance for the first 100 days to give you better insights as to how the new government is working, what are its future plans and whether the government is fulfilling its promises or not.
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 1
Day 1 ended with a controversy related to Article 370 for Jammu & Kashmir. The controversy began when Jitendra Singh, the minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office described the Article 370 as the "pyschological barrier". He also said that "We are in the process of repealing Article 370 and are in talks with the stakeholders."Singh was criticised by Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir who tweeted that "So the new MoS PMO says process/discussions to revoke Art 370 have started. Wow, that was a quick beginning. Not sure who is talking (SIC). Singh justified his statements and have replied saying that he has been 'misqouted' and the controversy against him is completely baseless. Rajnath Singh meets RSS leaders Cabinet of Modi decides to form SIT on black money Anant Geete from Shiv Sena takes charge as the Minister of Heavy Industries Smriti Irani takes charge as HRD minister
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 2
The highlight of Narendra Modi's day 3 in office was the 10 point agenda he laid out for his Ministers. The 10 points which Modi wants implemented in the first 100 days, include: Building confidence in Bureaucracy Welcome innovative ideas & Babus to be given a free hand Education, health, water, Energy & roads to be priority Transparency in the government, promote e-auctions System to be placed for inter-Ministerial issues People oriented machinery to be place in the government Addressing concerns relating to economy Infrastructure &investment reforms Implement policy in time bound manner Stability & sustainability in govt policies PM Modi names Ravi Shankar Prasad & Prakash Javadekar as the oficial government spokespersons. Rajnath Singh took over official as the Home Minister & was briefed by MHA officials on the controversy over Article 370 Govt downplays promulgation of the Ordinance that allowed the appointment of former T
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 3
Modi tweets that his life's struggle should not be included in the school books. The Modi government decides to hike FDI in defence up to 100 % Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approves Cabinet's proposal to hike the FDI cap in Defence to 100 %. According to sources, Modi has informed his ministers to not change the names of the running projects which were started by the UPA government. Modi shifts to his official residence and occupies 7 RCR As per reports, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is likely to meet Modi on June 3. It is also speculated that besides the state issues, Jayalalithaa and Modi might discuss about forming an alliance between AIADMK and BJP. As per reports, the government might clear the FDI policy on Railway, Infrastructure and Construction soon. Govt. appoints former IB Chief Ajit Doval as the new National Security Advisor.
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 4
Highlights of Modi government's day 5 The day began with a row related to the education qualification of HRD Minister Smriti Irani. Delhi University suspended five of its officials for leaking Smriti's educational documents. Smriti appealed the University to reinstate the suspended officials. As per reports, US is sending its Senior State Department Official to meet Modi. This will be a first visit by any Senior State Official from the US. It is speculated that the official may discuss bilateral and regional issues with Modi. Urban Development Minister M. Vankaiah Naidu has said that as per BJP's election Manifesto the NDA government will built 100 smart cities in the country. After Article 370, The BJP now calls for a debate on Uniform Civil Code New National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval meets Narendra Modi  Power Minister Piyush Goyal meets top officials following the massive power outage in Delhi & NCR Modi calls a meeting of his Ministers on M
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 5
Here's how the NDA government spent its 6th day in office    Modi gets rid of all GoMs & EGoMs that were the core of the UPA government  Diesel Price hiked by 50 paise per litre effective Midnight Saturday Govt mulling performance based incentives for Babus. DoPT to make a presentation to the PM soon I&B Minister, Prakash Javadekar says his department is seeking suggestions & inputs on allowing 100% FDI in Media    
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 6
Rajnath Singh seeks a formal report in relation to the armed attack on BJP workers in West Bengal. Rajnath Singh seeks a roadmap for strengthening Internal Security in the country  PM Modi welcomes Telangana as the 29th state of the country. Modi assures complete support to the state by the Central Government MHA asks Uttar Pradesh government why the SC/ST Act was not applied on the accused of twin rape and murder case in Badaun district. The ministry says that here are special provisions in the law which should be applied in the cases where crime against ST/SC people takes place. Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi. As per reports, Patnaik is seeking a special category status for his state from the Modi government. Union Women & Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi says the government will soon make centres with legal & medical help for rape victims Coal Minister Piyush Goyal seeks an update on the miss
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 7
Here are the highlights of the Day 8 of Modi's Government The Modi Government suffered a loss as the Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation, Gopinath Munde dies in a road accident in Delhi, early morning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock at the sudden death of Gopinath Munde. Government has declared that National flag will be flown half mast in Delhi, capital of states and UT as a mark of respect to Gopinath Munde. Modi met his Council of Ministers and asked them for status reports of the government's project. As per sources Modi has also strictly instructed his ministers to choose their staff carefully and not to employ their relatives. HRD Minister Smriti Irani seeks details of sexual harassment cases in HRD ministry. PM Modi and other political leaders pay homage to Munde at BJP headquarter in Delhi. Tamil Nadu Chief minister Jayalalithaa meets PM Modi. As per sources there are speculations that BJP is
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 8
Here are the highlights for Day 9 of Modi government :  PM Modi is likely to meet the Inter - Ministerial Group on the Ganga Action plan. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has written to PM Modi urging him to fulfill the commitments which the UPA government has made for the development of Seemandhra. Modi says that his government will make all the best efforts in the Parliament to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. MDMK chief Vaiko has written to Narendra Modi seeking his engagement in assuring the release of a Jesuit priest from Tamil Nadu, who was abducted by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan on June 2nd. According to reports, PM Narendra Modi is likely to move towards a six-day work week model for all ministries and the bureaucracy. According to the sources, Narendra Modi has been briefed that sweeping modifications to the command and control structure of India’s nuclear weapons are urgently required. Modi government is likely to ea
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 9
Here are the highlights for Day 10 of Modi government Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues today took oath as members of the newly-elected 16th Lok Sabha. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa requested Narendra Modi to personally intervene to secure the release of Father Alexis Prem Kumar, who has been abducted in Afghanistan Modi urged people to utilise the natural resources and said that the government's effort and people's participation can help bring about a cleaner and greener planet. Modi had a "very fruitful" meeting with secretaries of all government departments during which he heard their views and asked them to make the government "people friendly". Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah called on Modi and Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda in the national capital and discussed various issues pertaining to the state. Modi has accepted US President Barack Obama's invitation to have bilateral discussions
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 10
Here are the highlights for Day 11 of Modi government Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar called for "collective partnership of all stake holders" to protect the environment and ensure sustainable development. Babulal Gaur, home minister in the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, came to the defence of Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav who are under fire in the Badaun rape case. The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Chouhan Shivraj met Modi and presented a sapling to commemorate the ocassion of World Environment Day. BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan is unanimously elected as the Lok Sabha Speaker. Her name was proposed by Modi, and seconded by BJP patriarch L.K. Advani and union Home Minister Rajnath Singh among many others. Modi asks MPs to take part in the discussions in Parliament. He also advised them to work hard, study more and be prepared to raise issues. Narendra Modi government is lookin

Narendra Modi's First 10 days in Office Analysis

Last one week saw the new Prime Minister not only take oath in the new Lok Sabha along with other elected MPs but also saw him take gradual but firm control of the ministry and bureaucracy. Narendra Modi has set out his agenda of development along with the roadmap on which he wants his government to function. His other emphasis was on foreign affairs, especially related to SAARC countries, BRICS, along with some controversial international positions of India. He also emphasized on the issues related to states and met some of the Chief Ministers. However, there were some controversies regarding appointment of a minister, saffronization of education, and the issue of revoking Article 370. Therefore our analysis will be based upon: 1.       New PM taking charge and making the ball roll 2.       Foreign Affairs 3.       Controversies New PM taking Charge and Making the Ba
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 12
Here are the highlights for Day 12 of Modi government Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the central government will ensure real integration of the northeast region and engage in regular dialogue with the region. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the working of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Prakash Javadekar said that the government has various plans on the anvil to increase connectivity with the northeast, including rail, road and air connectivity. Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda called on PM Narendra Modi. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping formally took charge of the Rural Development Ministry. Governor of West Bengal M.K. Narayanan called on Modi. American media has regarded Modi as a “fashion icon”. The Ministry of External Affairs said that PM Modi will make his first trip abroad to Thimphu later this month. The Modi government is favourably inclined to add
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 13
Today was one of the important days for new Govt. as Chandrababu Naidu took oath as the Chief Minister of  Andhra Pradesh for the third time. Senior BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh, LK Advani and Chief Ministers of states various states including Punjab, Rajasthan and Goa were present for the swearing in ceremony. Telanagana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao demanded for a special status for the state. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, had a meeting with the foreign minister of China and discussed all the exiting issues between the two countries Union road transport and Highway minister Nitin Gadkarirefused the rumors of being the face of BJP in upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra. A day after 73 fishermen were nabbed by Sri Lanka, Tamil NAdu CM Jayalalitha asked in a letter to Modi, to find a permanent solution to the harassment  of fishermen by Sri lanka. There have been around 65 such cases since 2012.
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 14
Here are the highlights for Day 14 of Modi government Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is looking forward at BJP at the centre for a special financial package to bail out the state. CM called on PM Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and tried hard to take debit-ridden state out of economic inactiveness. President Pranab Mukherjee said that the government will work to clean the Ganga river, and ensure continual flow in the river, The government will have "zero tolerance" for violence against women and women will be given 33 percent reservation in the parliament. President Pranab Mukherjee said that corruption will have no place in the central government and the institution of Lokpal is important. Narendra Modi said that India needs to focus on skill, scale and speed to compete with China. The BJP and the Congress blamed the Uttar Pradesh government for the murder of BJP leader Vijay Pandit, who was shot dead by unidentified people in
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 15
Here are the highlights for Day 15 of Modi government Modi government is working towards the success in the railways by building the Diamond Quadrilateral network for high speed trains. Syed Ahmed and S.C. Jamir, the governors of Jharkhand and Odisha, respectively, met PM Narendra Modi Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangasamy today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Former Agriculture Secretary, P K Mishra has been appointed Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In her meeting with Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister, Anandi Patel took up important projects that were pending with the central government from a long time. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, official sources said. He affirmed China's positive perception of India's role in the world. Wang Yi also called on President Pranab Mukherjee. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that at the time of getting e
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 16
Here are the highlights for Day 16 of Modi government Narendra Modi in his inaugural speech in the Lok Sabha today said that his government will "leave no stone unturned to fulfil" the promises outlined by President Pranab Mukherjee in his address. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wrote to Modi expressing his satisfaction over the meeting with Indian PM and said that he is looking forward to work with him in "harmony on all unsettled matters". U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj are likely to meet in the coming few months. The meeting will be slated before Modi's visit to Washington in September. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the power crisis in Delhi. The Modi government has decided to embrace technology in governance. The Prime minister has asked all the officials of different ministries to clear files electronically. Samajwadi Party (SP) chief
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 17
Here are the highlights for Day 17 of Modi government Narendra Modi inspired trainee diplomats to show the essence of India's image and self-esteem. He also urged them to focus on expansion of trade and commerce. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the government will develop "policy based solutions" for the pending environment clearances. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked his ministry officials to take Kashmiri migrants into confidence and work on ways for their return to the Kashmir Valley. The Modi government has decided to spped-up for the clearance, the much-needed roads along the border with China and defense projects that are important for the army. According to the sources, the Modi government is planning a multi-billion dollar infra fund for the infrastructure sector of the economy. As per reports, Modi government aims to bring Lokpal in place by August 15. Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani said that India is ready to c
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 18
Here are the highlights for Day 18 of Modi government Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his council of ministers today to discuss about food prices and situation of monsoon in the country. Modi wrote to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif that he is looking forward to make a "new course" in the bilateral relations in an atmosphere "free from confrontation and violence". In an important decision, the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has cleared an eight-year-old proposal to raise the height of the Narmada Dam by 17 metres. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss about the repeated cases of rapes in the state. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, during his visit to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said that doctors should work towards strengthening their relationship with patients. PM Narendra Modi conveyed his greetings to the Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russia

Narendra Modi's Third week in Office Analysis

Last week has been a busy week for Narendra Modi’s government and the most important one too. Narendra Modi assumed Prime Minister’s office at a time when the growth rate is below 5% and is moving steadily towards 3% ‘Hindu Rate of Growth’, which is clearly inadequate to bring billions of poor above poverty line and out of their wretched lives. Moreover, confidence of the business community, indigenous as well as foreign investors, on Indian economy has touched rock bottom and job creation scenario is perhaps at its worst phase in recent times. Manufacturing growth, the driver of a economy, over the last few years had the poorest show. Keeping all these issues in mind, the new government has laid down its agendas along with the pledge of improving quality of life of all the Indians, improving international relation with China, and rehabilitating the Kashmiri Pandits. Now, let us analyze the different moves of this government in the last one week. Plan Laid Ou
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 20
Here are the highlights for Day 19 of Modi government PM Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation INS Vikramaditya which is India's largest and most powerful aircraft carrier which significantly enhances blue water capabilities of the Indian Navy. Modi asked his party workers to innovate and modernise political outreach. Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah met Arun Jaitley met and talked about in detail the security situation prevailing in the state. Modi said that the time has come to take tough and bitter decisions for India's fiscal well being. Modi appealed to Goa BJP volunteers to create an "organisation" where everyone has a rightful place. Narendra Modi asked his ministers to solve the Goa mining crisis. He also added that mining in the state should be restarted quickly.
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 21
Here are the highlights for Day 20 of Modi government PM Narendra Modi left for Bhutan on a two-day visit. Modi described Bhutan as a "natural choice" for his maiden visit abroad, and said that relations with Thimphu will be a key foreign policy priority of his government. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said the central government is ready for dialogue with anyone who wants to talk, but it should be within the framework of the constitution of the country and its sovereignty. The Centre has asked the Delhi government to hold back the housing projects for poor approved under the UPA regime if it cannot complete them on time. Arun Jaitley visited the forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) and the India-Pakistan boundary in Jammu and Kashmir. Jaitley praised the Indian soldiers for doing a laudable job in safeguarding the country.
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 22
Here are the highlights for Day 21 of Modi government While addressing a joint session of the Bhutanese parliament, PM Narendra Modi said that India wants to take forward its hydropower cooperation with the Himalayan country in a major way and also provide its youth with technology to be able to match steps with others in the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the 600MW Kholongchu Hydro- electric project, a joint venture between India and Bhutan. Narendra Modi said that India is committed to good neighbourly relations and assured Bhutan that the change in government will not change the dynamics of Indo-Bhutan ties. Modi urged his party members to make use of social media for information dissemination. The Modi government is likely to ease the tax burden on the middle class and impose a higher tax on the rich in its first Budget to be presented next month. According to the sources, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has invited Modi to watch
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 23
Here are the highlights for Day 22 of Modi government As per the External Affairs Ministry, the government is in "regular touch" with the Indian nationals in Iraq and the 46 nurses who were trapped are now safe. PM today presented a copy of the first ranking of the top 100 universities of BRICS member nations Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Blaming hoarding of food articles for rising prices, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today asked states to take effective steps against "speculative hoarding". Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. According to the sources, the Modi government is likely to replace Governors appointed by the UPA-II government. The government is likely to change the Governors of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab. Many of the ministers and bureaucrats in the Modi government are opposed to the decision of working six days a week. Jammu and K
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 24
Here are the highlights for Day 23 of Modi government The Modi government has imposed export restrictions on few farm commodities and ordered a control on hoarding to check rising food prices. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry O Rogozin and discussed critical bilateral issues including trade and energy security. The new government has made it clear that it is all set to remove the governors appointed by the previous UPA government. The resignation of Uttar Pradesh Governor B. L. Joshi has been accepted by the President. There are at least five more governors who may have to quit. A 24-year-old married woman from Jaipur who claims to have been raped three years ago by Union Minister Nihalchand Meghwal has requested help getting "two minutes" with PM Narendra Modi. According to the media reports, Modi's upcoming visit to Brazil in July for BRICS Summit is likely to boost trade diplomacy between the two regio
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 25
Here are the highlights for Day 24 of Modi government External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the government is making all possible efforts to ensure the release of the 40 Indian workers abducted in Iraq. Senior IAS officer Rajeev Topno has been appointed as private secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi According to the sources, Narendra Modi will take a final call on the chief ministerial candidate of Delhi. DMK chief M Karunanidhi objected to the Union Home Ministry's order that urges government bureaucrats to use Hindi in their official accounts on social media. He said that PM should focus on development and not on the use of Hindi. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that the government trying to promote Hindi does not mean that the regional languages are discouraged. Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa in a letter to Modi has urged him to take immediate action for the release of 46 Indian fisherman from Sri Lankan custody. As per medi
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 26
Here are the highlights for Day 25 of Modi government Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Modi government has cleared seven big-ticket investment projects worth Rs 21,000 crore. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa today urged PM Narendra Modi to instruct the home ministry to change its directive on Hindi to ensure the use of English in social media. The CPI-M criticized the decision of the government to use Hindi as the only medium of communication for government information on social media. In a move to deter people from consuming cigarettes, the Health Ministry has urged the Finance Minister to raise the price of cigarette by Rs 3.5 per stick. According to the sources, the NDA government has ordered all ministers not to appoint officers who have served on the ministerial staff in the previous UPA government. In a letter to Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today asked him to increase diplomatic efforts to ensure the

Narendra Modi's Fourth week in Office Analysis

The 18-hour schedule of the new PM along with the entire ministry and bureaucracy is making consecutive weeks busy as well as productive. Just like the last week, this week too witnessed developments on various important arenas. Some of the most important points in this analysis are broadly related to international relations, economic affairs, foreign investment decision, and administrative issues. Analysis is done on the basis ofissues as per importance and not on chronology. Steps Undertaken to Contain Inflation NarendraModi’s government undertook twin steps on June 17, 2014 (Tuesday) to contain the spiralling inflation (WPI) that touched the five-month high limit of 6.01% on Monday (June 16, 2014). Inflation rate was 5.20% in the month of April. The government not only imposed restriction of exports of some essential farm products but also cracked down on hoarding for controlling rising food prices. The wholesale price index shot up to a 5-month high mainly because of th
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 28
Here are the highlights for Day 26 of Modi government Samajwadi Party workers protests in Uttar Pradesh against the central government's decision to hike rail fares. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi criticized the Union Government for its decision to hike the railway passenger fair and freight charges. Opposition parties attack Modi government for the hike in rail fares. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, justified the Modi government's decision to raise the rail fare by a huge 14.2 per cent. He said that it was a result of the policies that were undertaken by the previous UPA government. American lawmakers have written to US House Speaker John Boehner requesting that PM Narendra Modi should be invited to address a joint meeting of Congress when he comes to Washington. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal apprised Modi of the problems and awaiting issues facing the world's fourth largest energy consumer. BJP leaders Muk
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 29
Here are the highlights for Day 27 of Modi government According to the sources, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh has summoned all Indian heads of mission in the South Asian neighbourhood for a day-long conclave in New Delhi. Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said that the former Congress-led government is to be blamed for the hike in railway fares. Prime Minister met Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to strike out a satisfactory increase in natural gas prices that could be announced soon. To put the economy back on the growth track, the Modi government is likely to announce a large number of measures its first budget to recreate manufacturing and more employment opportunities . The first General Budget of the Modi government will be presented on July 10. As per the reports, Modi's project Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) has the potential to generate over 10 lakh jobs by 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plans to downsize and review powers the
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 30
Here are the highlights for Day 28 of the Modi government :  Bollywood icon Aamir Khan, who has hogged the limelight for taking up social issues, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 49-year-old actor’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ serial dealt with serious problems facing the Indian society. The actor later said the Prime Minister assured him that he would look into the issues raised by him. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA), headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in its meeting held in Parliament House decided that the Budget session of Parliament will be held from July 7 to August 14 and the first General Budget of the Narendra Modi government will be presented on July 10. The Railway Budget will be presented on July 8, while the Economic Survey will be released on July 9. The CCPA decided that bills to replace ordinances, including the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities (Amendment) Ordinance, the one on Polavaram project, the TRAI Act (Amend
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 31
Here are the highlights for Day 29 of Modi government Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has described the slow pact of military purchases "a major concern". He said that various decisions which are in the pipeline need to be hastened. Arun Jaitley today refused to "speculate" when asked if India has any plans to send troops to Iraq to rescue Indians who are trapped there. PM Narendra Modi has shortlisted three key areas where he wants the PMO to pay more attention. These include streamlining the execution of redressal of public grievances, improving Centre-State relations and meeting the requirements of the armed forces. Despite protests from various parties, the Modi government has ruled out a rollback in rail fare hike. BJP and Congress MPs from Maharashtra met Rail Minister Sadananda Gowda today over the fare hike in local trains in Mumbai. According to the sources, the government is likely to appoint new governors before Parliament resumes next month
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 32
Here are the highlights for Day 30 of Modi government Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that it is too early to blame Maoists for the derailment of the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express in Bihar today. Protests started in West Bengal as the increased passenger fares and freight charges of the Indian Railways imposed by the Modi government came into effect today. Noted expatriate Indians congratulated PM Narendra Modi on completing his first month in office. Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda refused to comment on the reason of the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailment in Bihar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the derailment in Bihar. PMO tells bureaucrats to interact directly with the PM on website and give suggestions for the changes in governance and reforms. According to the sources, retired government officials may be tapped by the Modi government for assessment of development schemes to be implemented across the country.
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 33
Here are the highlights for Day 31 of Modi government Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that he has written a letter to his cabinet colleagues requesting them to use the Delhi Metro to prevent traffic congestion and reduce pollution. In a move to bring in self-discipline within his government, PM Narendra Modi has ordered all his ministers to refrain from buying new cars. PM reviewed the progress of monsoon and stressed on using best practices in rainwater harvesting and to make best possible use of existing water resources. Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu will meet Narendra Modi today to discuss state-related issues. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has regarded the Emergency rule of 1975-77, proclaimed on this day in 1975, as the "worst post-independence chapter" of Indian democracy. PM Narendra Modi has reached 4th place in the list of most followed world leaders on Twitter. The Modi government is likely to recreate a decade-old r
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 34
Here are the highlights for Day 32 of Modi government PM Narendra Modi today expressed grief over the death of 14 people in gas pipeline blast in Andhra Pradesh district. Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh each to the kin of those killed in a gas pipeline disaster in Andhra Pradesh. Modi today expressed satisfaction at the functioning of his government. He said that the every decision that his government took was “guided solely by national interest”. The Modi government has proposed a major revamp of social security framework by joining three key schemes spread across three different ministries. PM will today take a final call on the proposals to change the Land Acquisition Act. According to the sources, Narendra Modi is likely to expand his Cabinet in the coming days to include representatives from the left-out states and NDA allies. The Modi government has directed all Ministries to establish 'Employee of the Month' and 'Employee of the

Narendra Modi's First (1st) Month in Office Analysis

Narendra Modi completed his first 30 days as Prime Minister on June 24, 2014. But this initial achievement was marred by early morning Railway accident of Dibrugarh-bound Rajdhani Express where four passengers were killed and twenty three got injured. The celebration of Modi Sarkaar’s first one month also got subdued by the controversy surrounding selection of Gopal Subramanium, former Solicitor General, as a Supreme Court judge. Equity market of India (especially benchmark Sensex) however, gave a roaring welcome to Narendra Modi’s first one month by touching new highs, even breaking the 25,000- level psychological barrier. Foreign funds also gushed in and helped Indian currency get stronger. The first one month of this new government is characterised by dynamism, notwithstanding controversies. It does not suffer from policy paralysis like the last government. It seems the Narendra Modi government s caught between its catchy slogan of “Achche Din” and &
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 36
Here are the highlights for Day 33 of Modi government PM Narendra Modi urged the BJP's first-time parliamentarians to create a sense of mission towards their duties and choose at least one subject for self-study for a better understanding of it. Narendra Modi will visit Jammu and Kashmir for one day on July 4. This will be his first to the state after assuming office. Modi guided all MPs on how to look after their respective constituencies and make use of social media in spreading the message of the party. Modi said that the tactical and global partnership with Japan is a high priority for India in the present time. PM will witness the launch of PSLV-C23 rocket in Tamil Nadu on June 30 as it takes five foreign satellites into space. Narendra Modi is likely to visit the flood-hit Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand on June 30. Congress attacked Modi government on its completion of a month, saying that the government’s work involved the rail fare hike and rise in
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 37
Here are the highlights for Day 34 of Modi government According to the Business Outlook Survey by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), business confidence is up after the Modi government took charge. PM greeted the nation on the occasion of 'rath yatras' that are conducted across the country. He also greeted people on Ashadhi Bij, the Kutchi new year. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urged Narendra Modi to take some action for creation of the proposed Brahmaputra River Valley Authority (BRVA) by revamping the existing Brahmaputra Board. PM today landed at the Chennai airport enroute to India's rocket port of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Modi met Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa during a stopover in Chennai on his way to Sriharikota. BJP leader L K Advani compared PM Modi to a batsman who becomes Captain in the very first Test match he plays and scores a triple century. He praised Modi for directing the party and the national alliance to a great victory
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 38
Here are the highlights for Day 35 of Modi government PM Narendra Modi today witnessed the launch of Indian Space Research Organisation's PSLV C-23 rocket in Sriharikota. After the successful launch of PSLV, Modi asks scientists to develop satellite for SAARC countries. Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France arrives in Delhi to meet Modi and discuss defence deals and trade. The Modi government is likely to formally approach the judiciary and find a way to deal with tricky litigation and disputes that are delaying investments in the country, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee blamed the Centre for not implementing the Food Security Act in her state. She said that the union government has failed to put in place a proper law and decide on the funding for the scheme. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar made a surprise visit at the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Power & Coal Minister Piyush Goyal today explained that why the decision on gas price hike was defe
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 39
Here are the highlights for Day 36 of Modi government Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Doctor's Day today praised the efforts of doctors in creating a 'healthy India'. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius today called Narendra Modi. Fabius also conveyed President Francois Hollande invitation to Modi to visit France. Vice President Hamid Ansari said that China is keen to make personal-level contacts the new government in India. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in a meeting with Daniel A Reifsnyder, assistant secretary for environment & leader of delegation of USA to UNEA, Nairobi took up the issue of the US' denial of visa to PM Narendra Modi since 2005. After being approved by PM and the Cabinet, the Centre has informed the new rules for transaction of its business. The changes have been made in the Cabinet Committees and their functioning. Narendra Modi took stock of the hike in prices of day-to-day commodities and asked states to look into t
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 40
Here are the highlights for Day 37 of Modi government   In a meeting with K. Shanmugam, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law, Narendra Modi said that the government is planning a major push in low-cost and inexpensive housing and asked for Singapore's help in creating a technology for this purpose. PM's visit to Jammu and Kashmir this week is seen as a tough political call. Modi is visiting the state at the time when the issue of demand for revoking Article 370 of the constitution is in dispute. Former Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily today blamed the NDA government of being in 'confrontation' with the judiciary. Congress attacked Modi over the issue of price hike and said he misguided people during the general elections by saying he will “solve all the problems" if voted to power. Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa today thanked the Modi government for appointing a Supervisory Committee for raising the water level of Mulla
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 41
Here are the highlights for Day 38 of Modi government Ford Motor Company which is investing in a car plant in Sanand in Gujarat is likely to export cars from this plant, thus putting India's name on the international manufacturing map. This was discussed in Modi's meeting with the CEO of Ford. In order to increase the use of social media in government departments, Narendra Modi has allowed the unrestricted use of both Twitter and Facebook in his administration. The PM today met US Senator John McCain. McCain stated his desire to improve the relationship between the two countries by the strategic partnership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to himself take the charge of the rallies and campaigns for the Bihar polls slated to be held next year. The four ministries of Civil Aviation, Railways, Road and Shipping are on the priority list of the Modi government. The government will keep a regular check on the progress of these ministries. The monthly meeting of
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 42
Here are the highlights for Day 39 of Modi government PM Narendra Modi reached Jammu and Kashmir today. Modi flagged off the Katra-Udhampur train. This was regarded as a great moment for India. During his visit to Jammu and Kashmir Modi addressed a public rally. He said that the dream of Atal Bihari Vajpayee of regenerating peace in the state will surely come true. The Prime Minister also headed the security review meeting in Kashmir Valley. He will also be inaugurating the hydro-power project. Continuing with his interest in social media, Modi today asked help from Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. This will help in getting more likes for the country. According to the reports, Sandberg has agreed to help Modi and said the Facebook will help the newly-formed government in all its undertakings. Narendra Modi's project of developing the country's infrastructure seems to have gained popularity. Singapore has expressed its interest in the const

Narendra Modi's Sixth week in Office Analysis

The Narendra Modi government successfully completed one-month in office last week. There were many bouquets and brickbats in this short period of time. Now, let us find out the most important tasks undertaken by this new government in the last one week. Handling Iraq Crisis One of the gravest problems Narendra Modi government is facing is the on-going Iraq imbroglio. Till now 39 Indians have been kidnapped and captured by terrorist organisation ISIS. The Indian government stepped up efforts to evacuate all Indians from Iraq and assured families of the kidnapped persons about the steps undertaken to safely rescue and bring back their kith and keen. As crisis in violence torn Iraq escalated, Sushma Swaraj met India's envoys to the Gulf countries last Sunday (June 29) and discussed how the envoys can facilitate in bringing back 10000 strong Indians stranded in the war ravaged country. The Government has brought back 46 Indian nurses stranded in Tikrit, the militant stronghold
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 44
Here are the highlights for Day 40 of Modi government PM Narendra Modi’s decision to rehabilitate pundits of Kashmir finds support in film producer Mahesh Bhatt. He also praised Modi for his attempts to restore peace with Pakistan. Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala, thanked the government for the safe return of nurses from Iraq.   J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu CM asked Narendra Modi to take quick decision and give license for Digital Addressable System (DAS). The decision to give license to the cable operators in the state is been delayed from past three years.   Germany has asked Modi to attend a meeting to be held in Berlin, during his trip to Brazil. HRD minister Smriti Irani met Mamata Banerjee to discuss about the facilities available in the educational institutes that are funded by the state. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Odisha projects are being looked over by the ministry. According to the sources, the Modi govern
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 45
Here are the highlights for Day 41 of Modi government According to the sources, during his visit to Nepal, Modi is expected to announce financial support for the development projects in Nepal. PM said that he supports Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The authority is in the process of giving Aadhaar cards to Indian citizens. As per the reports, the newly-formed government is likely to support DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) scheme started by UPA government. The scheme helps the needy people of the society. Narendra Modi today paid tribute to Syama Prasad Mookerjee. He was the one who started Bharatiya Jana Sangh. William Hague and George Osborne, British ministers are likely to meet the PM and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tomorrow. Famous playwright Girish Karnad praised Modi and said that he is doing his best to fulfill the promises made to the people. Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot has ordered the com
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 46
Here are the highlights for Day 42 of Modi government The Modi government faced its first challenge as the budget session began in parliament today. The opposition demanded discussion on the problem of price rise. Lashing out at the Modi government over price hike, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh said that there has been an increase in inflation after the new government took charge. According to the sources, the final call on the appointment of Amit Shah as BJP president will be taken by Narendra Modi after the budget session. As per the reports, after the presentation of new government's first budget, PM along with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will visit Brazil to attend the BRICS summit. In a drive to remove all governors appointed by the UPA government, the Modi government shifted Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal to Mizoram. Beniwal did not share a good relationship with Modi when he was Gujarat's CM. In a letter to Modi, CM J Jayalalithaa wrote that recov
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 47
Here are the highlights for Day 43 of Modi government Railway minister DV Sadananda Gowda presented his first budget. The budget introduced a string of passenger-friendly criteria such as bullet trains, revamping of reservation system and better quality of food, In a drive to start bullet trains in India, Railway Minister proposed to start first bullet train in Modi's hometown Gujarat. Modi was all praise for his government after the first Railway Budget was announced. He considered the budget as a 'growth engine'. It not only reflects the development in the railway sector but the development of the country as a whole. It will further encourage 'transparency and integrity'. William Hague and George Osborne, the British ministers, who reached India today are likely to meet Modi this evening. As per the reports, Osborne desires to strike a deal with India in the defence and construction sectors. The decisions made by the Modi government seems to have imp
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 48
Here are the highlights for Day 44 of Modi government Ending all speculations, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced Amit Shah as the new BJP President. According to the sources, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to miss the BRICS summit. He will not visit Brazil along with Narendra Modi. The electronics manufacturing sector which needs a boost in terms of incentives is supported by the new government, said Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. To attract more people to open their bank accounts, the government has come up with a new idea. All those people who open their accounts will be given the overdraft facility of Rs 5,000 by that bank. Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh praised the new government for its first railway budget, saying that it contains realistic promises. Major issues like safety, hygiene, food quality which so far were neglected, have been taken into consideration. The increasing pressure on the Governors appointed by UPA government, seem
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 49
Here are the highlights for Day 45 of Modi government The most awaited moment for the Modi government, of the Budget 2014, was finally materialised. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today presented the new government's first Budget. Did the Budget fulfill the expectations of the people? Let’s have a look at how much the government managed to achieve. People expected relief in the income tax. The Finance Minister in this respect lived upto the expectations. The tax exemption limit was raised by Rs. 50,000. The BJP promised to rehabilitate Kashmiri migrants and today's Budget showed that Modi's words and actions are in sync. Jaitley announced the programme for the migrants and allotted Rs. 500 crore for it. At the same time there were decisions which were criticised. In the Budget 2014, Jaitley allotted Rs 200 crore for the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which is more as compared to the amount allotted for the safety of women which is Rs. 150 crore. Thi
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 50
Here are the highlights for Day 46 of Modi government The popularity of our Prime Minister seems to be growing day-by-day. He has now become the most followed Asian leader on Twitter. US deputy secretary of state William Burns today met Modi and gave him the formal invitation letter by US President Barack Obama to visit Washington. Modi accepted the invitation and said that he "looks forward to a result-oriented visit to the US with a concrete outcome that imparts new momentum to strategic partnership". The corporate sector of America has given a thumbs-up to the Budget 2014. According to them, this Budget will not only create job opportunities but also lead India to the path of development and economic growth. The weaver community of Varanasi seems to be very happy with the Modi government's Budget 2014. The Finance Minister announced various schemes to promote the handloom products made by the people of the town. As proposed, the craft museum and a facilitat

Narendra Modi's Seventh (7th) week in Office Analysis

This week can be termed as the Budget week with the presentation of the NDA government‘s first Railway and Union Budget. Highlights of the Railway Budget It is no secret that the Indian Railways is ailing and cash-strapped. In such a scenario, the Budget presented this week showed a ray of hope that a turnaround is possible for the national carrier. The path may be difficult but the government’s resolve to walk on the path seemed strong. Presenting the Budget, Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda, in his speech, made it clear that finances were a huge concern and tough decisions were but imminent. He said the Budget had been designed to focus on greater efficiency and improved services to passengers. One of the key highlights was the intention to attract private investors – both domestic and foreign - through Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. It also promised to open up foreign direct investment (FDI) in railway projects. It gave a go ahead to the much awai
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 52
Here are the highlights for Day 47 of Modi government The US seems to be leaving no stone unturned to strengthen relationship with India. After Obama’s formal invitation letter to Modi to visit US, now it’s the turn of American lawmakers. They are campaigning to get Modi address the US Congress’ joint session. Modi is all set to attend BRICS summit in Brazil. The PM will leave tomorrow for Brazil. The MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) chief Raj Thackeray criticized Modi over the use of social media. Thackeray said that social media might have worked during the campaign but it is not the solution every time. The student’s wing of Modi’s party should work with the people instead of depending on social media. Here is another letter from Tamil Nadu, CM Jayalalithaa to Narendra Modi regarding allocation of kerosene to her state. She urged Modi to allocate over 65,000kl of kerosene which is the monthly usage in the state. In a drive to remove govern
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 53
Here are the highlights for Day 48 of Modi government Narendra Modi today left for Brazil to attend the BRICS summit on July 14 and 15. This is PM’s first international summit after taking the office. According to the sources, in Modi’s absence the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) will handle the urgent issues. Though Modi did not watch the final of World Cup football, he wished the finalists. "Best wishes to Argentina & Germany for the FIFA World Cup Final. It is amazing how the tournament brought fans across the world together," Modi tweeted. The new list of Parliamentary Party Executive Committee has been released in which Modi has been declared as the new party leader. Rajnath Singh is the deputy leader in the Lok Sabha and Arun Jaitley in the Rajya Sabha. In order to decrease the gap between demand and supply, the government has set a target of 67.87 MT of production of coal for the coal mines of SAIL, JSPL and Sasan Power. Th
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 54
Here are the highlights for Day 49 of Modi government In his first interaction with the BRICS leaders, Modi's focus will be on the establishment of BRICS bank wherein each country will have the equal share holding. It seems that the BJP knows how to turn things into its favour. The row over Telecom Regulatory Authority amendment Bill ended today when Trinamool Congress and BSP talked in favour of the government and the Congress was left alone. Hence the Bill will not face trouble in the Rajya Sabha now. After removing the governors appointed by the UPA government, the newly-formed government today appointed the governors for five states of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland. Ram Naik is appointed as the governor of Uttar Pradesh, Balramji Dass Tandon of Chhattisgarh, Keshari Nath Tripathi of West Bengal, Om Prakash Kohli of Gujarat and Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya of Nagaland. The fiscal policies of the Modi government will help in the econ
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 55
Here are the highlights for Day 50 of Modi government As scheduled, Narendra Modi today met Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to the sources, the border issue between India and China was discussed. Jimping also invited Modi to attend Asia and Pacific (APEC) leaders meet. "Had a very fruitful meeting with Chinese President (Mr) Xi Jinping. We discussed a wide range of issues," Modi tweeted after the meeting. The meeting between PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin was cancelled due to Putin's other appointments in Brasilia. As per the reports, the meeting will be rescheduled. Though the Modi government has asked all ministries to make use of social media and open their twitter accounts, the government gave them instructions to follow. In the workshop organised by I&B ministry, the officials were asked to be selective in their tweets and follow only verified accounts. A good news for the industrial and real estate developers – the newly-f
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 56
Here are the highlights for Day 51 of Modi government The BRICS summit is Modi's first multilateral engagement after he became the PM. Addressing the summit in Brazil today, Narendra Modi said "BRICS must provide a united and clear voice in shaping a peaceful, balanced and stable world". He further talked about zero tolerance towards terrorism. After long negotiations over the headquarters of the new bank of BRICS to be located in India or China, it was finally decided that it will be in Shanghai, China. Modi expressed his satisfaction over the decision. Modi, during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about the strategic partnership between the two countries. India also wants to deepen the relationship with Russia in defence and nuclear energy sector. Modi invited Putin to visit Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. Modi expressed his appreciation for Russia's support to India's economic development. The two leaders will again meet in A
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 57
Modi congratulated Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel for the football World Cup win. He phoned Merkel from his hotel during a short halt in Frankfurt while returning from Brazil. He also invited her to visit India for India-Germany Consultations (IGC) next year. US laud PM’s steps to improve ties with SAARC countries. Top US officials to experts and law makers said that he has shown eagerness in strengthening India’s relations with its neighbouring countries. Modi is likely to induct INS Kolkata in the last week of August. The 6,800 tonne warship is country’s largest indigenously-built warship and is constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited. The warship will portray a huge leap in shipbuilding technology in India. BJP asks Maharashtra Governor to display PM’s poster in important public places. On being asked by Shaina NC, BJP leader, to put up Narendra Modi’s posters in all prominent places as per the norms, Governor K. Sankaranarayanan
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 58
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Indian government has initiated proceedings against Indian citizens who have locked away their ill-gotten money abroad. The proceedings have been started with a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to find the ways to recover the black money. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives of people who were killed in the Malaysian airline tragedy. He said that India stands by the families of the victims in this sad period. In a tweet, he said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives on board Flight MH17. We stand with them in this hour of grief”. The Union Minister Piyush Goyal, reacting to power tariff hike announced by Delhi power tariff regulator, said that it is exploring options to give relief to city consumers. He tweeted, “We will certainly find ways to see how consumers will be given further relief”. New power tariff rates became effective from Thursday. It is l

Narendra Modi's Eighth (8th) week in Office Analysis

For the Narendra Modi government, this week was dominated by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, even as significant Bills were passed in Parliament. Modi bargains hard at the BRICS Summit With the sixth BRICS summit hosted by Brazil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his multilateral debut. When Modi left for the BRICS summit, there was definitely one prime objective on his mind – the launch of the new development bank and the contingent reserve arrangement. To a large extent, these objectives have been met. The deadlock over the creation of a new BRICS development bank that has been continuing for two years ended at this summit with the launch of a $100 billion bank and currency reserve pool. This bank will fund infrastructure projects in developing countries and also act as a cash reserve pool. The initial subscribed capital of $50 Billion will be shared equally by the five nations, preventing domination by any member by way of paying
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 60
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought information on Indians who are jailed abroad. She has asked all Indian missions abroad to provide updated details about the Indian nationals languishing in foreign jails. This decision was taken after the release of 40 Indians who returned from Saudi Arabia after being held in prison for about one year. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that more steps will be taken to expedite economic recovery. The government attributed the present economic crisis to previous UPA regime and promised to initiate all necessary steps along with budgetary provisions for economic recovery. Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said that he will aim for 100% rural tele-density in 3-4 years, besides increasing telecom infrastructure. He said, “It will be prime objective to take broadband connectivity to village level, that is to increase telecom infrastructure. Second priority is take rural telecom penetration from 44 per cent to 100 per cent in comin
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 61
The NDA government directed Bihar to lift its food grain quota between March and May from other states by August 31. Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ramvilas Paswan told the media, “There is swelling public anger over non-distribution of subsidized foodgrain among the people for which the state government must arrange for lifting its quota for three months between March and May this year latest by August 31 and distribute the same among the beneficiaries without any further delay”. Defence Ministry has cleared procurement proposal worth Rs. 21,000 crore. The aim is to promote the domestic production and research of military equipments. Besides, it cleared a project for the production of transport aircraft along with a tender worth Rs. 9,000 crore to provide five fleet support ships for the Indian Navy. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said, "There are many proposals in the pipeline for the defence forces, and on Saturday we have tried to expedite quite a
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 62
Newly-appointed BJP chief Satish Upadhyay promised to probe into alleged scams during Sheila Dixit rule. He said that all important matters of alleged corruption during Congress rule will be looked into if his party comes to power in capital. He said, “It is a responsibility to probe the scams. Definitely we will probe the scams. There will be thorough investigation”. IFS officer Sanjeev Kumar Singla has been appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has succeeded Vikram Misri, and was hitherto posted in Indian Embassy in Israel’s Tel Aviv. In the past, he had also worked as Director to the then Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai. PM Narendra Modi would visit the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai today. On his visit, he will interact with the scientists of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and BARC, and is certain to be briefed on the development of the Indian Pressurised Water Reactor, Indian Neutrino Observatory, large scale
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 63
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has assured immediate clearance of amendments sought by Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi to the Juvenile Justice Act. She had recently suggested that juveniles who commit grave crimes including rape must be treated at par with adults. She said that half of all sexual crimes were committed by “16-year-olds who know the Juvenile Justice Act so they can do it". PM Narendra Modi has sent out a wish-list consisting of 17-point people-oriented agenda to his ministries. By August-end, when the NDA government completes 100 days of its governance in office, the agenda will be put in place. On July 10, these points were sent to ministries who were asked to submit their response for the implementation of points by July 20. PM Narendra Modi congratulated Indian cricket team on their Test match victory at Lord’s. He tweeted, “Well played Team India! Congrats on the wonderful victory at Lord’s. We are very delighted &
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 64
The UPA government wants a SAARC bank on the lines of BRICS bank. The aim is to take forward its South Asia initiative. At the regional grouping's ministerial council in Bhutan that starts from Thursday, India will propose a SAARC Development Bank. A government official said, “Commerce department has come out strongly in support of the South Asia Development Bank as it will go a long way in facilitating regional integration through financing of infrastructure for trade”. Government informed Lok Sabha that people exposing corruption can get security. In this regard, it has authorised Chief Vigilance Officers of ministries or departments of the Central government to receive any written complaint of allegation of corruption of office in reference to any employee working under them. Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said, “The Commission, after receipt of such reference from the designated authority, takes up the matte
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 65
The government officials said that India will not support WTO protocol rules unless concerns about its food subsidies are met. The deadline to support the protocol ends on July 31. One government official said, “"We have no problem with this trade facilitation (protocol), but unless they agree with us we will not allow it to happen”. Through its standing, India is trying to protect a $ 12 billion annual programme to feed its poor. India’s foreign secretary Sujatha Singh will meet Pakistan’s foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in Islamabad next month. This will be the first meeting of the foreign secretaries after 2012. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “It is almost two months since the Prime Ministers agreed that the foreign secretaries will keep in touch and explore how to move forward”. The Union cabinet cleared the proposal to raise foreign direct investment in the insurance sector from current 26% to 49%. The FDI is to be rais
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 66
Oil and Gas Minister Dharmender Pradhan has said that decision on gas pricing will be done only after consulting all the stakeholders. He also said that the government will consider the benefits for the country while taking such a decision. According to media sources, PM Narendra Modi may address about 20,000 NRIs at Madison Square Garden in New York in September. If the proposal is accepted, it will be by far the largest gathering of NRIs. Earlier Indian PMs have been subjected to community receptions in ball rooms of five star hotels. Modi enjoys a large fan following including many businessmen and Gujaratis from India in US. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi, on complaints of poor upkeep of newly-renovated Chennai airport, warned of actions against the concerned officials shirking from their responsibilities. He also gave them two weeks time to refurbish the airport. It all happened after a surprise inspection of the airport conducted by senior ministry officials over a

Narendra Modi's Ninth (9th) week in Office Analysis

This week saw some good news for the airlines industry even as India stuck to its stand regarding the Trade Facilitation Agreement at the G20 meet in Sydney. Work done in week 9 of Modi Government. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Six New Airlines to take up to the Sky With the government liberally clearing the aviation licenses, new airlines are all set to take to the skies. Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has awarded no-objection certificates to six airlines. These applications have been awaiting approval for a long time and the clearances pave way for three new airlines - Air One Aviation Pvt Ltd, Zexus Air and Premier Air - to ply the national route and another three airlines - Turbo Megha, Air Carnival and Zav Airways - to operate in the regional route. The earlier United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was selective in granting the licenses and was even
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 68
PM Narendra Modi has asked BJP MPs to tell people about ‘bold steps’ taken by his government in its first 50 days in office. PM is holding informal meetings with his MPs asking them to convey to people that the government is working to make the benefits of its bold policies available to even the last person. The Prime Minister’s Office has also asked various ministries to draft a list of projects that would get started to mark his 100 successful days in office. The issue of non-availability of post-matric government scholarship to Other Backward Castes and Extremely Backward Castes, as raised by Leader of the Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav during the Zero Hour led to disruption of Assembly. Even an assurance by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to meet PM to find a solution to the problem could not cool down the matter. In his reply Manjhi said, "We had envisaged the scholarship of Rs. 1 to 1.5 lakh for post-matric students. It became very popular and we receiv
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 69
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the ongoing Parliament session was not going to be cut short. He also added that the government has enough business and it would bring important bills in the near future, including Insurance Bill and the Security Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Bill. Opposing opposition criticism that there was no business before Parliament, he said, “There is no proposal as of now to cut short the Parliament session. The government is also working on judicial appointments bill and there are some more bills. We have enough business for Parliament”. The ongoing budget session is on till August 14. The NDA government has deferred its decision to procure 16 multi-role helicopters for the Indian Navy. As per sources, the reason behind this is the involvement of Finmeccannica (the parent organization of scam-hit firm AgustaWestland), which is linked with one of the two companies in the race for the deal. The government had cancelled
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 70
V S Achuthananda, an Opposition leader is seeking an inquiry into the assets of Chief Secretary E K Bharat Bhushan and has written to PM Narendra Modi for the same. In the letter, he is looking for a probe by the Central Vigilance Commissioner into the bureaucrat’s alleged “real estate” links. He alleges that in the compulsory affidavit of assets maintained by the government, Bhushan has concealed the details related to the properties owned by him and his wife. PM Modi is likely to expand his Cabinet next month. It is likely that he will add around dozen of new ministers when the expansion will take place in the month of August. In the expected list are the names of ministers such as Hazaribagh MP Jayant Sinha and BJP general secretary JP Nadda. The government has taken a major step to increase the role of women in the armed forces. It has allowed that the lady officers can command the battalions in the branches of army such as aviation, signal and
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 71
US Secretary of State John Kerry sounded very upbeat about his India visit when he extended Washington’s support to the Narendra Modi government's vision of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas" (Collective Efforts, Inclusive Development). Kerry is scheduled to co-chair the fifth annual India-US Strategic Dialogue on July 31 along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He said he would be "emphasising the opportunities" in which the US and India can become indispensable partners,when he holds talks with the Modi government. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has described Narendra Modi’s style of governance as very "autocratic".   He cited the recent win of the Congress in Uttarakhand bye polls as the indication that people are "already disillusioned" with the Modi government. He said that Modi’s ministers and even his inner core team do not enjoy any autonomy.  Rashtriy
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 72
•        The government has denied the reports of bugging the residence or office of Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clearly rejected the reports and gave their statements in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively calling the reports to be “speculative”. The issue was raised by the Congress in both the Houses of the Parliament which even saw adjournments during the Question Hour and the Zero Hour. •        The Modi government has refused to offer any timeframe in the Rajya Sabha for settling the row over the UPSC issue. It has assured that it will solve the matter soon even though the Opposition has been coming up with several statements related to the issue. •        A delegation of five members from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is to visit riot
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 73
  The government has said in the Lok Sabha that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seized of the row over the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) pattern of the UPSC examinations. He is looking for a mutually accepted and balanced remedy for this. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said he will convey the feelings of the members of Parliament (MPs) to PM Modi and will surely look up for an immediate and possible decision. The opposition led by the Congress has demanded a judicial probe into the alleged bugging of ministers’ offices and houses. It has also demanded a statement by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this issue which has put questions on the credibility of the NDA government. Sharp exchanges continued between the opposition and the treasury benches over the matter and the opposition stood firm on the debate saying that it is a breach of privilege due to which government can also be dismissed. The government has said that getting
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 74
US Secretary of State John Kerry met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. During his talks he said that the refusal by India to sign the Trade Facilitation Agreement had sent wrong signals globally. It is reported that the two leaders discussed the international and bilateral issues of mutual interest of the two countries. The Civil Services examination row generated heat in both the houses of the Parliament today. The uproar over the CSAT issue, created by the Opposition members, resulted in the adjournment of Rajya Sabha three times before lunch. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government is taking the protest by the students very seriously and will seek out a solution soon. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that a study will be carried on the populated areas of the Western Ghats. He said that it is required so that the incidents of landslide can be prevented in future. A recent landslide in Pune resulted in the death of more than 60 people. Singh s

Narendra Modi's Tenth (10th) week in Office Analysis

Work done in week 10 of Modi Government. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------India Pitches for ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status from Pakistan During the upcoming meeting of foreign secretaries in Islamabad on August 25, the newly elected National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government plans to urge its neighbour Pakistan to award India the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) status. This status is intended to smoothen the trade ties between both the countries. India had not hesitated in giving the same status to Pakistan way back in 1996, so Pakistan should have no problem in giving India the same status, said an official from the commerce ministry. Currently, both the countries operate under the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA) and have preferential trading arrangement. But Pakistan has blocked some of the benefits and moved from a positive trade list to a negativ
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 76
In a statement issued from his office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all  the government departments to allow self-certification/attestation of documents to ease the obstacles and problems faced by the common people. The ministers have been asked to make suitable provisions for the self-attestation of documents rather than affidavits. It is also stated that the attestation by gazetted officers will be replaced by  self- attestation by the citizens of the country and the original papers could be produced during the final stage of any government proceedings. Prime Minister Narendra Modi told US Secretary of State John Kerry that his first priority is towards the upliftment of the poor  people of his country.  According to Modi , poverty is one of the biggest challenges for any government of developing nations and it is their responsibility to address and tackle this issue. The discussion between the two leaders came after India refused to sign the
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 77
PM Narendra Modi, along with 101-member delegation including seven ministers, today arrived in Kathmandu on his two-day official visit to Nepal. This is the first bilateral visit by an Indian PM to Nepal in last 17 years. Both the nations would discuss upon a number of agreements, fortifying bilateral relationships. Modi would also help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact. Besides, some agreements are also likely to be signed. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu solicited the cooperation of the opposition parties for the smooth passage of the insurance amendment bill. The bill is supposed to be taken up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Naidu said, “I appeal to all opposition parties in parliament, particularly the Congress, to cooperate in passing the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008 that seeks to enable much desired capital inflows into the insurance sector”. The bill, seeking to increase the foreign investment limit for the secto
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 78
The government is planning to hold talks with Congress and other parties on insurance bill on Monday. It is likely to move the bill in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. All employees’ union in Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and General Insurance Corporation (GIC) have called for a day’s strike across the country on Monday to protest against the decision of allowing 49% FDI in the insurance sector. CPI leader and AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said, "Our apprehensions are that FDI will influence the insurance market. In most of the western countries, including the US, private insurance companies have created hell. It will compromise the interests of long-term investors. The presence of private FDI in insurance sector will jeopardize stability of the financial market”. PM Modi has called for a meeting on UPSC language row once he returns from Nepal. The Congress had served a notice for discussion on the same. The government is constantly trying to find a sol
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 79
The government today tried to justify its decision on UPSC exam row. Its decision to exclude English marks of CSAT-2 from gradation failed to pacify both the opposition and the protesting civil services aspirants. In the BJP parliamentary board meet, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the decision taken by the government was the best possible one. The concerned issue caused chaos in both the Houses of Parliament. PM Narendra Modi is unlikely to address a joint session of the US Congress while he visits Washington to meet President Barack Obama in late September. The reason sighted behind this is the upcoming elections in November, besides the need of the lawmakers to campaign in their constituencies. India’s Look East Policy in which Myanmar plays an important role by being a route for major connectivity between Northeast India and Southeast Asia needs more concrete action, experts said. Rajiv K. Bhatia, director general of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) a
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 80
Centre slams Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's unruly behaviour in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. His aggression over no debate on rising communal violence in the country invited strong reaction from the government, which termed it as “pure frustration”. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “Why has Congress made an issue of this non-issue. Reason is clear, a section of the party, unable to lead, is facing a palace coup”. The government’s plan to raise the limit of FDI in insurance sector from current 26% to 49% has hit snags in Parliament. Last week, the government’s effort to introduce legislation in the Upper House of Parliament was blocked by the opposition. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called a meeting on Wednesday of the heads of political parties in an effort to form a consensus on the legislation. The aim is to make investments flow into the insurance sector. FM needs support of the opposition in the Upper House where it has about
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 81
Indian Mujahideen commander Yasin Bhatkal will soon be questioned by the UP Anti-Terror squad before August 10. After the interrogation, he is certain to be taken on remand by other states. Formalities for his remand are underway, officials said. Additional Director General Mukul Goyal said Bhatkal had a role in the Sheetla Ghat blasts that occurred in Varanasi on December 7, 2010. The blast was carried out by IM operative Tehseen Akhtar. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved lowering of age of juveniles from current 18 years to 16 years. The move is aimed at arresting the growing instances of juveniles committing heinous crimes such as rape, etc., and to empower Juvenile Justice Board to decide whether a juvenile aged above 16 is to be tried as a major or be sent to an observation home. The bill, however, makes it clear that in no case the juvenile will be awarded death penalty or life imprisonment. The government today justified the sacking of the Governor of Mizoram Kamla B
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 82
PM Narendra Modi has issued a revised list of 19 commandments for officers serving in the civil services. As per reports, the commandments seek bureaucrats to be responsive to public and be driven by merits. It also wants them to disclose their private interests in regard to their public duties, besides making effective use of public resources. It says, “Every member of the service shall make choices, take decisions and make recommendations on merit alone”. It further asks them to maintain confidentiality in government matters. They must follow the Constitution, show professionalism and be fair in their conduct. PM Narendra Modi on Thursday met BJP MPs from Northeast and South regions of the country. He enquired them about their role in the new government. The MPs involved in the discussion were from northeastern and the states of Karnataka, A. P., Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Modi encouraged them to work for the welfare of the common man and

Narendra Modi's Eleventh (11th) week in Office Analysis

Work done in week 11 of Modi Government. The eleventh week of Modi government was marked with important events and decisions. While India and Nepal looked forward to strengthening ties, India stuck to its stand at the World Trade Organization (WTO), signalling its determination to stick to what it feels is right, even as the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) was given more power. Modi’s Nepal Visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a historic visit to Nepal this week, the first of an Indian PM to Nepal after 17 years. The visit that lasted for two days is said to have won millions of hearts in Nepal. What was lauded the most was the speech that Modi made at the Parliament of Nepal.  It then comes as no wonder that the Nepalese people poured out in strong numbers to wave goodbye to Modi as he made his way to the airport. Extending Help In his speech, Modi urged political leaders in both India and Nepal to work together for greater
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 84
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today handed over the party’s command to Amit Shah in New Delhi. He said that Amit Shah was best suited for the post of President of BJP. Praising Shah, he added that it was because of him only that the party won 71 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state of Uttar Pradesh during the general elections. “We can say that the only cadre and ideology based party left is the BJP. The Congress has neither ideology nor cadre,” he added, while addressing the BJP national council meet at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital. Gujarat police gave a clean chit to PM Narendra Modi in an alleged model code of conduct violation case filed during the Lok Sabha elections. The police filed a closure report in a metropolitan court here. A senior officer of the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) said, “We have filed a closure summary report before the metropolitan court number 11 here today”. The closure summary maintained that no case was made
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 85
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will on Monaday inaugurate the annual conference of the Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax. In an statement, he said, “The main focus during the two-day annual conference would be the assessment of the department's performance in various spheres during the last financial year, challenges in achieving revenue targets set for indirect taxes by the government in the current financial year and preparing an action plan for meeting these revenue targets”. Central Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan said RBI has started discussing proposed monetary policy with the finance ministry. After a meeting of the RBI board, he said, “We will be discussing monetary policy framework through the course of the year. Just now we have started a preliminary discussion and the framework will be developed along with the finance ministry”. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was also present in the meeting,
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 86
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh visited the Siachen glacier two days in advance of the proposed visit of PM Narendra Modi there. In a statement, a Defence spokesperson said the army chief will receive PM who is scheduled to visit the Leh and Kargil on August 12. Singh interacted with the army commander Northern Command and General Officer Commanding 14 Corps on the security set up. He is likely to brief Modi about the ground situation prevalent along the borders there. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said the credit for the formation of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre goes to the people and not to any individual or party. At a function, he said, “Credit for formation of new government goes to the people of the country as they wanted to bring about a change. It was not due to any particular leader or party”. PM Narendra Modi had earlier hailed Amit Shah as ‘Man of the Match’ at the BJP National Council Meet in New Delhi.  Union Law and Justice Minister R
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 87
PM Narendra Modi today reached on a day-long visit to Ladakh. He inaugurated the 45 MW Nimoo-Bazgo hydroelectric power project located at Alchi village and 44 MW hydro power project at Chutak village, besides inaugurating the Leh-Srinagar transmission line, hydro power project in Leh. In his address, he said that unlike other Prime Ministers, he has already visited Jammu and Kashmir twice. He also unveiled a three P formula for the Leh-Ladakh: "Prakash, Paryavaran and Paryatan". While addressing soldiers at Leh, he condemned the “continuing proxy war by Pakistan”. He said, “Neighbouring country has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism". He added that the Indian military is suffering more because of casualties from terrorism than from war. While addressing a public meeting at Bimathang playground in Kargil town, he said, "When I came here in 1999, all one could hear was the soun
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 88
The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, was today passed by voice vote in Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to overturn the collegium system and ensure that only people with merit are appointed as judges to the higher courts. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the proposed law doesn’t interfere with the independence of the judiciary. "We are for maintaining the sanctity of the judiciary ... We have said this House respects independence of judiciary. That should be assuring," he said. AIADMK leader M Thambidurai was today unanimously elected as the deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha. Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved the motion for his election. PM Narendra Modi congratulated him and said, “He is an academician, activist and an agriculturist too. I assure the government will give complete cooperation to you". Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj launched a website to ease the repatriation of bodies of Indians who die abroad. It has
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 89
The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, was today passed in the Rajya Sabha along with the Constitution Amendment Bill that was cleared with 179 votes in favour. Yesterday, both the bills were already passed in the Lok Sabha. The Constitution (121st) Amendment Bill, 2014 aims to bring the proposed Commission and its composition within the ambit of Constitution. The Judicial Appointments Bill seeks to bring out the procedure to be followed by the proposed body for the appointment of Supreme Court judges, besides maintaining the procedure for transfer and appointment of chief justices and other judges of the high courts.  The NDA is considering establishing an independent regulator for the railways as the sector is now opened up to overseas investment. India is now looking forward to strengthen its rail infrastructure as the attempts to attract private contribution domestically have not been successful so far. The government also wants transparency in making s
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 90
PM Narendra Modi today addressed the nation from the Red Fort on India’s 68th Independence Day. Departing from the tradition, he spoke extempore on his vision for the country. From donning a red turban to shunning the bullet-proof shield, his address to the nation was unique in ways more than one. His speech, that lasted for about an hour, attracted cheers, applause and whistle from the public. The gathering consisted of 10,000 people who were allowed to witness the PM’s address live for the first time. School children were also present to hear him. In his speech he called himself the “Pradhan Sevak” who wanted to “govern by consensus” and not by the majority in Parliament. Showing concern over the rising instances of rape in the country, Modi asked parents to rein in their sons. He also announced a cleanliness drive across the country. "A vision will be launched on October 2 this year to be accomplished by 2019 on the 150th birth

Narendra Modi's Twelfth (12th) week in Office Analysis

Modi’s first Independence Day speech wins hearts Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his maiden speech, made it very clear that violence of any form including caste-violence and left-wing extremities must be abstained from to take the country forward. He urged the youth to give up extremism of any kind and embrace development instead. Modi called on the global investors to come and manufacture in India. Sell anywhere but ‘Make in India,’ he said, ‘we have the skills.’ This indicates that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is looking at pushing for policy reforms in an aggressive manner.   He went on to say that India cannot work in isolation but has to work hand in hand with all the countries. He emphasised on proper hygiene in all schools – including toilets – by the next Independence Day, villages to be adopted by an MP each so that they can be turned into role model villages, and provision for bank account and insur
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 92
PM Narendra Modi today commissioned India’s largest indigenously built warship, INS Kolkata, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Defence minister Arun Jaitley along with chief of naval staff Admiral RK Dhowan were present during the ceremony. The ship is constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited and has been designed by Navy's design bureau. The ship, weighing 6,800 tonne, is a technology demonstrator and will project a giant leap in shipbuilding technology. While addressing the sailors, Modi said, “INS Kolkata is entirely built in India and it is a symbol of self-reliance. No country will dare to challenge India after commissioning of INS Kolkata. It will boost the confidence of the armed forces and inspire youth at the same time”. BJP President Amit Shah today announced his new team. Some of the promoinent names include Ram Madhav, J.P. Nadda and B.S. Yeddyurappa. While J. P. Nadda was made the general secretary from Himachal Pradesh, former Karnataka chief
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 93
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the country on the occasion of Janamashtami that marks the birth of Lord Krishna. The PM tweeted “Greetings on Janmashtami! May Lord Krishna bless our lives with peace, prosperity and happiness”. The Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries Pon Radhakrishnan has said that the Centre has been taking all the possible efforts to find a permanent solution for the problems faced by the fishermen in Tamil Nadu. He also said that the Modi government will focus on the welfare and the problems of the fishermen and in order to solve those issues, talks have already been held with the fishermen associations in the state. The Central government has asked the Public Sector Banks to give preference to the transfer requests of the female employees who are separated from their families. It has also asked the banks to reintroduce the ‘compassionate employees’ scheme and employee home loan scheme. In a circular issued to
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 94
  ·        The President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister have greeted people on the occasion of 'Navroz', the Parsi New Year that falls today. President Pranab Mukherjee, in his message on the occasion, conveyed greetings and best wishes to the people, adding the Parsi community has contributed immensely to the development of India through their hard work, diligence and perseverance.Vice President Hamid Ansari also extended his best wishes to all citizens on the joyous occasion of 'Navroz'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended his greetings to people on Navroz. “May the festival bring joy, happiness and prosperity to all," he said. K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister of the newly-carved Telangana state, has denied terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a fascist. KCR clarified that he had criticised the central government on receiving a letter from the Union home ministry, proposi
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 95
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Haryana today to lay the foundation of a highway and to address a rally. He laid the foundation for the Rs. 1,393- crore project of Kaithal-Rajasthan border of the National Highway 152/65 at Kaithal. While addressing the rally, he appreciated the people of Haryana and said that they realise the importance of development and therefore they have come to attend his rally in such large numbers. He also said that the development of a nation increases if there is improvement in the infrastructure through better roads, rail and airports. He added that development is a vehicle which can drive the nation ahead. Highlighting the foundation of the Kaithal-Rajasthan highway, he said that connecting these two states will also be fruitful for the economy and commerce. The Modi government has called off the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan objecting to the meeting of its envoy with separatists of Kashmir during the talks. Islamabad said
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 96
● Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the labs with researchers below the age of 35, to work for the defence research. Modi said so, while addressing the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) during a function in New Delhi. He urged the DRDO to complete its projects at the earliest. He also appealed to the research scientists to come up with new and innovative ideas which can make a soldier’s life comfortable. He also added that the DRDO should decide how to be proactive and set the agenda for the world. ● PM Modi has sought a report from the home ministry over the violence in the Assam-Nagaland border which resulted in the killings of about 15 people. The government is planning and preparing to send extra forces in the regions if the state asks for help. Recently, the protesters in Assam clashed with the police in the Golaghat region. ● The Modi government will take measures to empower Dalit youths. The PM has asked the ministries of industry, finance a
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 97
Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah will address a rally in Chowringhee on September 7, ahead of the by-elections in West Bengal. The rally is scheduled to take place at the conclusion of two days meeting of BJP’s state committee, which begins on September 6 in Kolkata. In a press conference on Tuesday, Mr. Sinha said, “Mr. Shah’s rally in Chowringhee ahead of the by-polls will have a significant impact on the election results”. The by-elections will take place on September 13 and the results will come out on September 16. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that there was no shift in India’s policy of "extending strong support to the Palestinian cause, while maintaining good relations with Israel”. She was stressing on government’s commitment to expand ties with the Arab world. While addressing the inaugural session of the First India-League of Arab States Media Symposium she said, "We see West Asia as a vi
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 98
India has begun deploying squadrons of surface-to-air Akash missiles in the Northeast. This is done in the wake of growing apprehensions about China’s threat. As per reports, six squadrons are being deployed to tackle Chinese jets and drones. The government had already deployed Sukhoi-30MKI fighters at Tezpur and Chabua. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah today met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The two is reported to have discussed the present political situation and relations between the two parties. TDP and BJP shares power in Andhra Pradesh. Shah was on his first visit to Telangana after becoming the BJP chief. He said he is hopeful about Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a petition challenging a Delhi High Court direction to inspect the Congress party's foreign funding. The SC bench said that the provision on foreign funding requires an explanation. Th

Narendra Modi's Thirteenth (13th) week in Office Analysis

Work done in week 13 of Modi Government. Apart from unveiling the blue print for Digital India, this week also showed that the Modi government can really get tough, if the situation demands. India acts tough on Pakistan When Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister of India, he extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan by inviting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the swearing-in ceremony. This gesture was applauded across the world. Nawaz Sharif too accepted the invite and was a guest at the ceremony. The bilateral talks were then planned and the foreign secretaries of both the nations were scheduled to meet. Unfortunately this meeting was not to be. India took a very strong stand and cancelled the meeting in the wake of Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit deciding to meet Kashmir separatists ahead of the talks. This call shows the tough stand that India can take when the need arises. India has always expressed displeasure at Pakistan’s engagement with Kashm
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 100
India's first indigenously-built Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette 'INS Kamorta' has been inducted into the Navy. Commissioning the submarine at the Naval Dockyard, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said, “I am sure INS Kamorta will serve this country effectively for a very long time. In recent months, amongst the various initiatives that the government has undertaken is indigenous manufacturing of our defence deployment. Jaitley also said that effective defence preparedness was the key to maintaining peace and stability in South Asia." Our effective preparedness is always the best guarantee for peace in this region. Our armed forces have been effectively discharging that function," he added. INS Kamorta, which would carry short-range Surface-to-Air missiles (SAM) and Active Towed Array Decoy System (ATDS), has been built by M/s Garden Reach Shipyard (GRSE), Kolkata. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged neighbouring Sri Lanka to ensure equality, dignity, ju
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 101
PM Modi undergoes medical check-up at AIIMS BJP leaders discuss PM Modi's visit with US Congressman IITs have a major role in taking India forward: PM Narendra Modi State ministers to evolve strategy for a 'Clean India' SEZs to get fresh fillip under Modi government, says Minister
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 102
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government wants to ensure a smartphone for every Indian by 2019. The digital India project that aims to offer a one-stop shop for government services would use the mobile phone as the backbone of its delivery mechanism. The initiative, pegged at Rs. 1.13 lakh crore, seeks to transform India into a connected economy. It also aims to attract investment in electronics manufacturing, besides creating jobs and supporting trade. Prasad said, “We want to ensure that all the services can be provided through a mobile handset, especially, health, education, various government services and retail. We want it (handset) to be used as a tool for empowerment. We will need to incentivise its usage in order to promote the social and the economic objectives of the government”. Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah today met villagers from near Pakistan border. This happened after the firing by the Pakistan military. He said Indian troo
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 103
Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that India is on the thresholds of digital revolution. He also urged political unanimity in achieving India’s goal of total digitization. He called upon IT ministers of all states to discuss and prepare a blueprint to successfully implement ambitious Digital India Project. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met the PM to speed up the process of extending special state status to Andhra Pradesh. He is believed to have asked for allocation of funds for Polavaram dam construction and development of new state capital. The PM took stock of the recent coal block allocation judgement of the Supreme Court and also met Piyush Goyal, Power and Coal Minister, for discussing bottlenecks in the power sector. PepsiCo Chief Indra Nooyi paid a courtesy visit to Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman. No information was divulged either by the company spokesperson or officials in the m
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 104
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court expressed faith in the discretion of Prime Minister or Chief Minister in appointing people having criminal background as ministers in Central and state governments respectively. The apex court’s judgement dismissed Manoj Narula’s petition seeking direction against criminalisation of politics. Though the 5-member bench was unanimous in passing the verdict, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Madan B Lokur insisted strongly that if persons having dubious integrity can be barred from civil services, politicians having criminal background should also not be allowed in ministries. Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has declared that there are no suspected Ebola cases in India. He also asserted that the officials are keeping a close watch on the passengers who are coming to India from the countries most affected by Ebola. After implementation of Lokpal Law, the Central government has now asked government employees, around 23 lakhs, to su
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 105
Prime Minster Modi launched his ambitious financial inclusion scheme Jan Dhan Yojana, which aims to provide a bank account to every Indian family. Modi described the scheme as a move to integrate every Indian to the economic system and end 'financial untouchability', for nearly 40 per cent of people in the country. Under the scheme, each account holder will be provided with a 'RuPay' debit card and Rs. 1 lakh accident cover. Those who join up for the scheme before January 2015 will be paid Rs. 30,000 additional insurance apart. The Prime Minister approved formation of a committee that will review the laws and identify the archaic and obsolete ones, recommended by Review of Administrative Laws that was appointed in 1998 during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure. This committee will be chaired by Secretary, PMO – R Ramanujam. Narendra Modi expressed his concern regarding the fact that just 415 out of the recommended 1382 Acts were repealed till date. A few
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 106
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the nation on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. He also sought the blessings of Lord Ganesha. In a tweet he said, “On Ganesh Chaturthi, we bow to Lord Ganesh. May Lord Ganesh shower his blessings on us and enrich our lives with peace, joy and wisdom". Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to legendary hockey player major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary. Every year this day is celebrated as National Sports Day. He tweeted, “Our tributes to legendary Major Dhyan Chand on National Sports Day. His determination and dedication towards sports continues to inspire”. He said, “We salute all our sportsmen and women, who have been enhancing the pride of the tricolour by their exemplary performance on the field”. He was a part of the Indian contingent that won Olympic Gold in 1928, 1932 and 1936. Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah clarified that she used the word ‘Hindi’ for all

Narendra Modi's Fourteenth (14th) week in Office Analysis

Work Done by Modi Government in the 14th Week is as follows :  Bank accounts for all households and a move to weed out outdated laws …this week saw some big action even while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decided to reshuffle the Parliamentary Board, their highest decision-making body. Jan Dhan Yojna launched, 1.5 crore bank accounts opened on first day With a view to providing bank accounts to every single household, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Jan Dhan Yojna that is aimed at financial inclusion of the poorest of the poor. On the day of the launch itself, 1.5 crore bank accounts were opened. This plan was launched across the country by several chief ministers and Union ministers. Now, the poor people can borrow from the bank instead of the money lenders who charge very high rate of interest. Under this plan, all the account holders are entitled to zero balance and will be given a Rupay debit card with life insurance cover of Rs 30,000 and an ac
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 108
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached Japan to forge fruitful bilateral ties with the country. Some of the areas where focus will be given during the bilateral talks will include commerce, infrastructure, civil nuclear, and defence. Other than these, during this 5-day visit, the Indian PM will see 'smart city' experiment in Japan to emulate and implement the same to build 100 small cities in India. Prime Ministers of both the countries look forward to take ahead the Strategic and Global Partnership. The two PMs will meet on September 1 in Tokyo. One of the major issues that is expected to be high on agenda during Modi’s visit to Japan is surely the issue of bullet trains, PM’s pet project. Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train had been proposed by Union Railway Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda during Railway Budget. It is believed that this issue is going to get priority during the bilateral talks as Japan is credited to be the first country to launch and expand bulle
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 109
Narendra Modi started his Japan tour with the message of ‘Inclusive Vision’. He admired his counterpart of Japan Shinzo Abe’s nationalist politics. One of the main objectives of the Indian Prime Minister in visiting Japan is to convince Japanese PM in backing the Nuclear Energy pact, besides bullet train project. On day 2 of PM’s Japan visit, he took special interest in surveying Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. On the basis of experiences learned, Varanasi will be developed into a ‘Smart City’. Partner City MoU has been signed between the two countries in the presence of both PMs. Indian PM has requested for help from Japan on finding remedial solutions on Sickle Cell Anaemia, generally found among tribals of India. It is believed that Japan has responded positively on this. Modi has also gifted his counterpart copies of Bhagawad Gita as well as books on Swami Vivekananda. He also visited ancient Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto. Petrol price in
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 110
● The Union Home Ministry has denied that Home Minister Rajnath Singh will discuss and meet his Pakistan counterpart Nisar Ali Khan on the sidelines of the SAARC conference to be held in Nepal this month. The Home Minister’s office has tweeted that terror and talks could not go hand in hand with Pakistan. It said no dialogue is possible with Pakistan till it stops terrorism and violence. ● During Prime Minster’s Japan visit, the two countries have agreed to strengthen strategic ties, and agreed to speed up talks on nuclear energy cooperation. The two prime ministers Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi agreed to pursue comprehensive security and defence cooperation, including maritime security. ● Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to set up a special management team under PMO which will facilitate business from Japan. He invited the Japanese business leaders to join the efforts by India for its development. While addressing industry captains from Japan and India,
100 Days of Modi Government –Day 111
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences of India today signed letter of intent to launch cooperation in earth and ocean science and technology, paving way for enhanced cooperation between India and Japan in various fields of science and technology.  $35 billion of investment over the coming 5 years is promised by Japan to India. Major investments will be done in infrastructural projects. For wooing India, Japanese investors promised introduction of special mechanism such as "Japan Fast Track Channel for Japanese investors in India". Since World War 2, this is the first time Japan has agreed to sell military equipments to India. Agreement has been finalised by Indian counterparts to buy US-2 amphibian aircraft. India and Japan will work closely to build the aircraft. The deal not only includes transfer of the aircraft but also technology to manufacture the same. Peace and non-violence is in the 'DNA of Indian society&
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  100 days of Modi Government : Bouquets and Brickbats  100 days in power! There is a lot being discussed and written about the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre as it completes its first 100 days in office. Here is our bit: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge on May 26, 2014, the world looked at him with high expectations. This was because not only did his party — the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) — manage to emerge as a single majority party with 282 seats to form the coalition government, but India was also in dire need of a strong leader who could steer the country towards the path of growth and bring in renewed hope and optimism to a crumbling economy. With NDA coming to power, it seemed in 30 years India had finally voted for a strong
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Narendra Modi has been at the helm of power for six months now and it’s time to look back on the journey so far, for a reality check and review of what was promised versus what was achieved. Narendra Modi fought the elections on a development agenda promising the nation to set India on a path of rapid development. He rode in with a massive mandate, unseen and unexpected by a largely pessimistic nation that almost gave up on development and growth and was resigned to the conundrum of coalition politics. Modi’s Rising International Stature Modi demonstrated India’s willingness to offer due respect and attention to its neighbours by inviting SAARC leaders to attend his swearing-in ceremony. He has certainly managed to bring India into international attention, not just politically but economically as well. His early pronouncement on initiating reforms demonstrated his intent and gave the international investor community the confidence that India meant business
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