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Modi Government Initiative: Devotees get Holy GangaJal delivered at their Doorstep by India Post

In the month of May of this year, in 2016, the arrangements to make this dream successful began and it turned out to be a big hit

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Bottled Ganges water. Image Source : efe.com
  • Indian Postal Service itself will now on deliver bottled Ganges water, which is considered to be holy by the Hindus, from door to door
  • The initiative taken by the Narendra Modi government proved to be a huge hit in West Bengal 
  • The first batch ran out within a couple of days and people seem ecstatic about the system

It was the Narendra Modi government in India, that dreamt of delivering bottled Ganges water to Indian doorsteps via postal service. In the month of May of this year, in 2016, the arrangements to make this dream successful has begun. Now, it is a reality. The Indian postal service will deliver bottled Ganges water to the ones who want to buy it. It will save the devotees, effort of going to specific places to get hold of pure/holy water ‘GangaJal’.

At the Postal Headquarters.
At the Postal Headquarters. Image Source : efe.com

In case of the Ganges water collected at Rishikesh, there are two kinds of bottles that are available in the market, one is 200ml at Rs. 15 and the other is 500ml for Rs. 22. The Gangajal acquired and bottled at Gangotri is costlier because the nearer to the original source the water is collected by a person, the purer it is believed to be. Therefore, the Gangotri water is available at Rs. 25 and Rs. 35 for 200ml and 500ml bottles, when one reaches closer to the source.

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The initiative to deliver GangaJal by post was launched in West Bengal and it proved to be a huge hit. The water bottled from Rishikesh and Gangotri vanished from the shelves almost as fast as they reached the different postal headquarters across West Bengal. Kolkata, itself, witnessed the huge sale of the holy water. People are tired of dirty Gangajal and are buying the bottled GangaJal as fast as they can. “We have a surprising demand for bottled Gangajal from Rishikesh..we started selling it from Sunday and by Tuesday  the stock was totally sold out”, Chief Post Master General, West Bengal Circle, Arundhaty Ghosh told PTI.

It happened so because people are tired of polluted Gangajal and therefore they are buying the bottled GangaJal as much as they can. “We have a surprising demand for bottled Gangajal from Rishikesh..we started selling it from Sunday and by Tuesday  the stock was totally sold out”, Chief Post Master General, West Bengal Circle, added Arundhaty Ghosh.

Not only Kolkata but Siliguri too faced the same booming market for Gangajal. “We were sent five 200ml bottles of Gangajal collected at Rishikesh. They sold out instantly. People left the counter cursing us,” said Abhijit Sarkar, a Jalpaiguri head post office employee.

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“We had been to Allahabad two years ago and brought back three pots of Gangajal from Triveni Sangam. It was difficult, but we had to do it for us and our relatives. We are happy that the government has made it easier for us to get Gangajal,” Sharmila Mukherjee, a school teacher, told TOI.

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People were disappointed when the stock ran out and they were not informed when the next batch would arrive. “The supply was meager in Bengal. We got only 280 bottles of 500ml and 245 bottles of 200ml for the entire state,” said Swapan Garai, assistant director (business development), Department of Posts to TOI, who manages the distribution of Gangajal across Bengal. “We could give only 50 bottles to the Midnapore head post office against the demand of 500,” Garai further added.

– Prepared by NewsGram team.

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For people streaming in from rural areas around New Delhi, the first stop is a collection of busy city intersections where contractors select daily wage labor from the crowds of young and old waiting every morning to get work.

Many standing at these intersections say they get work for barely half the month. “I have the ability to work hard. I never turn down any work. But I would prefer to get a cleaner, permanent job,” says 29-year-old Tek Chand. “The problem is one day I have money to buy rations, the next day I don’t.” Like millions of others, he migrated from his village three years ago to seek work and a better life in the city.

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As India prepares for general elections on April 11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being attacked by opposition parties for failing to make good on a promise he made in 2014 to create millions of jobs for India’s huge young population. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party rebuts that criticism and says India is generating new opportunities as it becomes one of the world’s fastest growing major economies.

Job creation is a massive challenge for a nation with one of the world’s youngest populations — half the country’s 1.3 billion people are under the age of 25.

Recent data shows that joblessness has soared to record high levels. Opposition parties have made joblessness one of their principal election planks and have accused the prime minister of failing the estimated 8 to 10 million young people who enter the workforce every year.

The independent Mumbai-based Center for Monitoring Indian Economy estimates that unemployment reached 7.2 percent last month and that 11 million jobs were lost in 2018. With a working population of 500 million, that translates into more than 30 million people waiting for jobs. An unpublished official survey that showed unemployment at a 45-year-high has also been widely quoted by Indian media.

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India’s main opposition Congress party President Rahul Gandhi speaks during a public meeting at Adalaj in Gandhinagar, India, March 12, 2019. VOA

On the campaign trail, the head of the main opposition Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi, who is seen as Modi’s principal challenger, talks repeatedly about a “jobs crisis.”

“Our government is refusing to accept that we have a massive crisis and potential disaster in front of us,” Gandhi told a group of university students in New Delhi recently, many who will be first time voters.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party dismisses concerns about the job data saying it does not capture the real picture because it focuses only on the 15 percent of Indians who work in the formal economy. It points to a recent industry report that jobs have been created in the medium and small sectors.

The BJP says millions of people have found work in the transport and infrastructure sectors or as delivery boys in booming online businesses as India becomes one of the world’s fastest growing major economies. They point out that the issue is not jobs but livelihoods, and point to millions of people who are not counted in job data.

They are self-employed people like cab owner Chain Pal Singh. As the app based taxi business boomed, Singh’s friend, who operated a cab, persuaded him to quit his job and take out a loan to buy a car. His decision has paid off — in four years he has earned enough money to invest in two more cabs.

Singh says he is much better off than when he held a job. “I used to earn about $225 dollars a month. Now in some months I can earn almost double that amount. Its beneficial for me.”

Following defeats in key state elections in December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told parliament last month, “This truth has to be acknowledged. The unorganized sector has 80 to 85 percent of the employment.” He pointed to millions of commercial vehicles sold in recent years and questioned if they had not generated jobs for drivers.

Economists admit India’s large informal sector has made it difficult to calculate employment, but they say joblessness or underemployment remains the country’s biggest challenge. While scarcity of jobs is not a new problem, two disruptive economic steps in the last two years exacerbated the problem.

In 2016 a sweeping currency ban meant to tackle the problem of illegal cash, dried up jobs as it created huge currency shortages, particularly in small businesses and in the countryside. A poorly-implemented tax reform known as the Goods and Services Tax a few months later was another blow to businesses.

Meanwhile, Modi’s “Made in India” campaign, which aimed at making India a manufacturing hub like China, has made a slow start and sluggish labor-intensive sectors cannot cater to growing numbers of job seekers.

“We can’t keep patting ourselves on the back that we are the fastest growing economy specially if all these other indicators are not growing at a rate that will absorb the growing labor force,” says Santosh Mehrotra, a human development economist at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

“More young people are entering the labor force, millions want to leave agriculture but can’t find construction work because construction activity has slowed down because the investment rate in the economy has slowed down.”

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He points out that exports, another sector that created a number of jobs has also not been performing well.

As the campaign heats up, the opposition will try to keep the spotlight on jobs, or lack of them, even as the BJP tries to focus on national security following a recent confrontation with Pakistan. The final verdict on whether to give Prime Minister Modi a second term in office will be delivered by millions of voters when they cast their ballots. (VOA)

One response to “Are There Enough Jobs In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Led India?”

  1. If the employment picture is bleak despite the construction of so many more Kilometers of roads, railways, air ports, bridges, toilets and other infrastructures compared to the five or even ten years of UPA government, imagine where we would be if we had UPA III government .