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Modi led BJP Government: From Acche Din to Acche Scams

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By Rukma Singh

Seems like BJP’s never ending claims of ‘Acche Din’ and regular attempts at ensuring cleanliness through the ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan’ don’t necessarily ensure that the ‘secret’ scams and controversies stay under wraps.

With regular scrutiny of the media and opposition parties, which are ready to pounce on at every little opportunity they get, the BJP government hasn’t come out clean in its first year of ‘good governance.’

NewsGram brings to you the most prominent scams and controversies that have occurred in the past one year of ‘acche din.’

NULM Scam

In the last financial year, Centre had granted Rs. 1,078 crore to the states for constructing housing facilities for over 9 lakh urban homeless people, under the  National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).

However, only 208 houses were built across the country. While around 10 lakh urban people continue to live on roads, footpaths and under flyovers, the NDA government’s response is highly awaited.

Vyapam Scam

Vyapam scam was a massive admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen.

Indore Bench of MP High Court served notices to Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) and Medical Council of India (MCI) following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by parents of some students after reports that more than 300 ineligible candidates managed to get into the merit list.

As per some reports, it is one of  the biggest scandals to rock Madhya Pradesh. What followed the scandal was a series of mysterious deaths of around 44 people.

Officials investigating the matter claimed that those arrested took the name of people who were already dead, a method used by organized crime syndicates to mislead the probe.

Modi Gate

The most recent controversy that has sparked numerous debates is the alleged help extended by Sushma Swaraj to Lalit Modi, in order to allow him to fly to London.

Congress and Aam Admi Party took this chance to rally and protest against BJP. They went on to demand Swaraj’s resignation from the party.

Within few days of the incident, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje also got embroiled in the controversy with allegations of her having engaged in conversation with Modi to facilitate his travel.

Maharastra Scam

Pankaja Munde’s involvement:

What is said to be the first scam to have happened under the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra, the opposition has accused state’s Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde of irregularities in purchases for the Integrated Child Development Scheme, a supplementary nutrition scheme for vulnerable children and women.

Munde, daughter of former central Cabinet Minister Gopinath Munde, is accused of awarding contracts worth Rs 230-crore for snacks, dishes, water filters etc for ICDS child care centres, or anganwadis,  through 24 government resolutions on a single day on February 13. Moreover, the food given to the undernourished children was extremely low on quality.

Vinod Tawde’s involvement:

Education minister Vinod Tawde has become the second minister in the Maharashtra government to be accused of irregularities in awarding contracts, with authorities seeking a probe into allegations that his department finalised a Rs 191-crore contract without mandatory e-tendering.

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Completely baseless article just to defame Modi govt.

    1. NULM Scam: Work is under process, you just named it scam but there is nothing written about any kind of scam since work is under process.

    2. Vyapam Scam: it happened during 2005 -2011 ………… Modi was C.M not P.M

    3. Lalit Gate: It happened during Congress govt. Congress is completely responsible for it. BJP was not in govt who could allow him to flew away.

    4. Maharashtra Scam: Check the facts, Contract has been cancelled.

  • vinay

    Vyapam Scam chodke baki sab bakwas hai.

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME SURESH MAJHI Lucknow::::Sadly Yogi is More Busy in Harassing Brothers,, Uncles & Neighbours Through The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD,, when They go to Bring Home Their Sister or Niece,, & Modi is Busy Protecting Cow Through Equally Barbaric COW VIGILANT

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME RAMESH MAJHI Lucknow::::My Daughter DIPTI is 10yrs Class 6. My Friend & Front Door Neighbour Ghansyam Tiwari was Very good. He has No feeling as I am Fisherman Cast & He is Brahmin. He Loves My Daughter Very deeply, So Ghansyam often Hug DIPTI & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of DIPTI. My Daughter Also Loves Him Very deeply, The Son of Ghansyam GOURAV Also 10yrs Class 6 Same School is Very good. DIPTI-GOURAV Are Best Friends. Other Than Always Play Together,, Always Help each other in Studies,, DIPTI-GOURAV Hug each other & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of each other. Before The Yogi govt came in UP,, & The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD Start,, Ghansyam used to Take Both DIPTI & GOURAV on his Bike to School & Bring them Home. But Now We are Forced to rent School Van For DIPTI & GOURAV. Bringing extra Monetary Pressure For we Both Friends. I want to Ask,, Who will Give The Money YOGI,, MODI,, or AMIT SHAH or BJP?

    • KALYAN BANERJI

      RIGHT WHO WILL GIVE THE MONEY

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  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Completely baseless article just to defame Modi govt.

    1. NULM Scam: Work is under process, you just named it scam but there is nothing written about any kind of scam since work is under process.

    2. Vyapam Scam: it happened during 2005 -2011 ………… Modi was C.M not P.M

    3. Lalit Gate: It happened during Congress govt. Congress is completely responsible for it. BJP was not in govt who could allow him to flew away.

    4. Maharashtra Scam: Check the facts, Contract has been cancelled.

  • vinay

    Vyapam Scam chodke baki sab bakwas hai.

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME SURESH MAJHI Lucknow::::Sadly Yogi is More Busy in Harassing Brothers,, Uncles & Neighbours Through The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD,, when They go to Bring Home Their Sister or Niece,, & Modi is Busy Protecting Cow Through Equally Barbaric COW VIGILANT

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME RAMESH MAJHI Lucknow::::My Daughter DIPTI is 10yrs Class 6. My Friend & Front Door Neighbour Ghansyam Tiwari was Very good. He has No feeling as I am Fisherman Cast & He is Brahmin. He Loves My Daughter Very deeply, So Ghansyam often Hug DIPTI & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of DIPTI. My Daughter Also Loves Him Very deeply, The Son of Ghansyam GOURAV Also 10yrs Class 6 Same School is Very good. DIPTI-GOURAV Are Best Friends. Other Than Always Play Together,, Always Help each other in Studies,, DIPTI-GOURAV Hug each other & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of each other. Before The Yogi govt came in UP,, & The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD Start,, Ghansyam used to Take Both DIPTI & GOURAV on his Bike to School & Bring them Home. But Now We are Forced to rent School Van For DIPTI & GOURAV. Bringing extra Monetary Pressure For we Both Friends. I want to Ask,, Who will Give The Money YOGI,, MODI,, or AMIT SHAH or BJP?

    • KALYAN BANERJI

      RIGHT WHO WILL GIVE THE MONEY

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Are There Enough Jobs In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Led India?

“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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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. Pixabay

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.

FILE - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives with his cabinet colleagues on the opening day of the budget session of the Indian Parliament, in New Delhi, Jan. 31, 2019.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives with his cabinet colleagues on the opening day of the budget session of the Indian Parliament, in New Delhi, Jan. 31, 2019. VOA
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.

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