The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has hit the ground running to complete 75 milestone projects by June 2022, just a few months before the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
The Central ministries have prepared a 1,000-day agenda for action with clear timelines for major milestones and related tasks. On top of the welfare agenda, the plan is to ensure a pucca house for every family. the government has planned two crore homes to be completed by June 2022.
The deadlines for this has been divided into three parts — 70 lakh homes by June 2020; 70 lakh homes by June 2021; and 60 lakh homes by June 2022. A total of 4.2 lakh landless beneficiaries have also been identified across the country and the government is planning to provide them with land for construction of the house. The design of these homes will be region-specific to make them socio-culturally acceptable while adopting disaster resilience technology.
The government’s aim is to construct all-weather connectivity roads to every village by June 2022. The action plan has to be prepared by 2 October 2019. During the first five years of the newly-elected NDA government, 130-135 kilometres road length was constructed and at least 92 percent eligible and feasible areas have been covered.
Now, the state governments have been asked to do a comprehensive need analysis by 15 August 2019. For the financial inclusion, the government is preparing an action plan to ensure banking facilities within five kilometers of habitation and increase digital transactions and end-to-end digitised government process in welfare schemes. In order to meet the agriculture-related milestone, the government plans to increase incomes of households through individual beneficiary schemes of MNREGA and diversified livelihoods through national rural livelihood mission.
Poor households in the hinterlands are more vulnerable to loss of assets or unstable income sources. In order to provide them with assistance in such emergencies, the government will ask the states to dedicate at least two staff per block so that they can be enrolled and covered under the Centre’s insurance scheme.
The government is gearing up to have 1,000 farmer producer organisations, which will provide better market opportunities for rural products. Ministry of agriculture and other stakeholders will work on pension scheme for small and marginal farmers above 60 years of age.