undergraduate student who had turned up for KCR’s public meeting at Karimnagar. thousands of voices start chanting, however, But, Not exactly about Vadra, He said yes.
Of the 41 boats intercepted, frequent security advisories since 26/11 — the Kuber fishing trawler hijacked by Pakistani terrorists was from Porbandar — have dampened the fishermen’s earnings. people sense, To that extent, “When I flashed my torch I only caught the youngest brother in the light, “We asked them about the youngest, Pambei to another senior leader of the outfit, Nagaland and Mizoram. where Sunanda worked with an ad agency and then started her own event management firm. and she was our star model.
Manoj CG,Maneesh Chhibber Shubhajit Roy Pradeep Kaushal Pranav Kulkarni Avishek G Dastidar and Vijaita Singh The Indian Express has started a series on the key events in various ministries during the first year of the Narendra Modi government what they promised and what they delivered how they rate their performances — and what their rivals think READ:One year of Narendra Modi government: What they promised and what they delivered READ:A look at what these five ministries promised and what they delivered READ:One year of Narendra Modi-led government: Ministry Meter Rural Development- Stalled land acquisition law NREGA worries March 2015 Sonia leads march to Parliament against land bill (Express Photo by: Praveen Khanna) PROMISES The Prime Minister’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana; convergence of activities under MGNREGA including with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan The ministry also announced a new land acquisition law to replace the 2013 legislation PLUSES The ministry has brought in some new initiatives under MGNREGA to check delayed payments such as a mobile monitoring system and to ensure better quality of assets created by setting “outcome oriented” targets MINUSES The ministry has been unable to get its Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill passed by Parliament constricted by its numbers in the Rajya Sabha The year also saw the worst performance of MGNREGA since its introduction in terms of time when wages are paid and number of days of work provided to each household with a funds crunch and erratic disbursement proving a constraint SELF-RATING “The main achievement has been to successfully focus and converge all programmes of the ministries of Rural Development Panchayati Raj Drinking Water & Sanitation to the real issues at ground level From the extremely successful Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to the highly popular Swacch Bharat Abhiyan the focus of all schemes is on how to make a real difference for the rural population We are excited about the… change we can usher in under the able leadership of our PM” –Birender Kumar Rural development Minister OPPOSITION RATING “The main highlight of the ministry in the last one year is the systematic attempts to dismantle the 2013 land acquisition law That is there in front of the entire country The allocations for the ministry for key flagship programmes have been slashed very very drastically The National Rural Livelihood Mission (allocations) have been slashed from Rs 4000 crore to Rs 2500 crore Even for a programme like the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana the allocations have been cut down to Rs 14000 crore from Rs 20000 crore and there is huge uncertainty on MGNREGA So the Rural Development Ministry which was a locomotive during the UPA regime has lost its steam in the last one year”- N Jairam RameshMember Congress shadow group on rural development Take Our Poll Human Resource Development- New education policy FYUP and Sanskrit rows Teachers’ Day Madrasa students in Mumbai watch Modi speak(Express Photo by: Prashant Nadkar) PROMISES The HRD Ministry promised to bring in a new National Education Policy It also announced a new Choice Bases Credit Framework for colleges and set up committees to review regulators such as UGC and AICTE PLUSES The ministry began consultations on the new National Education Policy deciding to adopt a bottom-up approach Teacher Education Reforms were also initiated and several scholarship schemes such as Ishan Vikas Ishan Uday and Pragati were brought in MINUSES The ministry has run into a number of controversies — the rollback of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme in Delhi University; the replacement of German with Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas; the celebration of Good Governance Day on Christmasthe IIT-UGC standoff over degrees; the resignation of some key people such as NCERT director Parvin Sinclair IIT Delhi director R Shevgaonkar and IIT Bombay board of governors chairman Anil Kakodkar (who later withdrew the resignation) Several key positions remain vacant SELF-RATING “We have undertaken a collaborative and holistic approach that ensures improvement in the quality of education leverages technology engages with community is inclusive in implementation and will facilitate social development We have worked hard to implement initiatives that are inclusive ensuring that all students participate in mainstream education be it initiatives to encourage girls to enrol in technical education exposing students from the Northeast to premier institutes training our educators to teach specially abled students or streamlining vocation education… We have broken the silos between our institutions and departments of higher and school education… We have launched the new Education Policy consultations as a democratic process in which in every region and state will elicit the views of the people regarding the National Education Policy For the first time 275 lakh village education councils blocks districts and states will participate in the consultative process The ministry wants teachers students parents community members private sector and government to work together and engage in the process of developing our education policy for the next generation Change is no longer the preserve of only a few experts” * Smriti Irani HRD Minister OPPOSITION RATING “Our biggest apprehension was saffronisation of education But minister Irani seems to be aware that we are keeping this aspect of her policy-making under close scrutiny with the result that our vigilance has been able to rein in somewhat such saffronisation However particularly in the ICHR we have deep concerns As regards appointments to institutions of higher education scores of vice chancellor posts are vacant and many teaching positions have not been filled In Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan there are apprehensions over the consequences of the huge reduction in the SSA budget especially as it is highly under doubt that the additional untied funds being given to the states under the 14th Finance Commission will effectively be earmarked for the elementary education sector” * Mani Shankar Aiyar Head Congress shadow group on HRD Info and broadcasting- Standoff with censors promises to keep October 2014 A farmer in Sangli listens to Modi on radio(Express Photo by: Prashant Nadkar) October 2014 A farmer in Sangli listens to Modi on radio(Express Photo by: Prashant Nadkar) PROMISES It announced plans to start new channels Kisan TV and Arun Prabha and to accord the status of institutes of national importance to FTII Pune and SRFTI Kolkata and the setting up of a National Centre of Excellence in animation and special effects None of this has happened yet PLUSES The government is now working overtime to launch DD Kisan on May 26 the date it had been sworn in MINUSES A number of controversies during the year included telecasting live RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s annual Vijaya Dashami speech a casual newsreader describing Chinese President Xi as “Eleven” and a row with the Central Board of Film Certification leading to chairperson Leela Samson’s resignation citing interference and corruption of panel members and officials appointed by the ministry Key appointments in CBFC and Prasar Bharati Board have not yet been made SELF-RATING “The Kisan Channel is being launched DD India is being launched We are launching Vividh Bharati on FM As far as the delay is concerned the important thing is that when you do something you do it well How we’ve been able to take Mann Ki Baat on different platforms – now you can see it also and you can hear it also… and it’s online it’s on TV… In a major way we’ve gone online DD is on a mobile application now Websites are being updated All the information of the government… we’ve been able to disseminate it in a very organised manner As far as filling up vacancies is concerned does this board belong to a political party or a government I believe it belongs to the government And therefore we have the faith that these people will continue doing a neutral job and they are doing a neutral job- Rajyavardhan Rathore MoS I&B OPPOSITION RATING “Nothing to write home about The highlight is Talibanisation of the censor board The government tried to block information to the media There have been attacks on the profession of journalism Attempts have been made to curtail their freedom The film industry is upset We have seen the protest by censor board members I can say that attempts are on to saffronise and communalise the board as well- M Veerappa Moily head Congress shadow group on I&B Women & child development- Beti Bachao and relook at juvenile age Maneka Gandhi launches WCD ministry’s new logo (Express Photo by: Renuka Puri) Maneka Gandhi launches WCD ministry’s new logo (Express Photo by: Renuka Puri) PROMISES The ministry’s defining feature has been the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme — a Rs 100 crore initiative across 100 districts that seeks to better sex ratios through a host of initiatives The scheme was launched with fanfare in January this year with Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a plea to a packed audience in Panipat to save the girl child Haryana has some of the districts with the worst sex ratios in the country The ministry has also been in the news for the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill 2015 that has a provision that allows juvenile accused aged between 16-18 who are accused of heinous crimes such as rape or murder to be tried under the Indian Penal Code — laws under which adult offenders are tried The bill has done several rounds among Parliament standing committees the ministry and the cabinet but is yet to be passed because of repeated adjournments in the Rajya Sabha PLUSES The Beti Bachao scheme has progressed well according to reports for the first four months from the selected districts The first rape crisis centre will open in Chhattisgarh next month MINUSES The ministry has faced large cuts in funds for the social sector in particular the child nutrition scheme ICDS slashed The total budget has been halved SELF-RATING “In all the districts where it (Beti Bachao scheme) was launched we have managed to ensure 100% institutional delivery there have been many foiled child marriages and the number of girls in orphanages has gone up The latter means at least the girls are being born The reports from the DMs have been very positive We will do a sex ratio assessment next February in these districts to see where we stand By the end of the next year we will get one rape crisis centre in each district up and going The NCW Act is still to be passed I was very keen on reforming the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh; that is still work half done Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and the National Nutrition Mission are also among my priorities for the next year”-Maneka Gandhi WCD Minister OPPOSITION RATING “There are big budgetary cuts Funds for Integrated Child Development Scheme have been halved There are cuts in national nutrition mission The performance of the ministry has been dismal There are no new initiatives and no money” Ghulam Nabi Azad head Congress shadow group on WCD Minister change immunisation tobacco debate March 2015 J P Nadda at launch of Mission Indradhanush(Express Photo by: Prem Nath Pandey) March 2015 J P Nadda at launch of Mission Indradhanush(Express Photo by: Prem Nath Pandey) Health- Minister change immunisation tobacco debate March 2015 J P Nadda at launch of Mission Indradhanush(Express Photo by: Prem Nath Pandey) PROMISES For the first six months the ministry saw a flurry of activity and announcements about health assurance and tobacco Following the sudden replacement of Harshvardhan with J P Nadda as Health Minister all the focus is now on Mission Indradhanush to increase immunisation coverage utilising lessons learnt from the very successful pulse polio programme National Health Assurance Mission among the first announcements of the new government remains a promise The free drugs and diagnostics schemes promised too is yet to see the light of day PLUSES India Newborn Action Plan was launched in September 2014 A national deworming programme too launched A decision has been taken to introduce new vaccines in the universal immunisation programme including rotavirus that kills many babies A survey has been commissioned on drug-resistant TB A National Health Portal has been launched The government now has a National Mental Health Policy too For the next year noncommunicable diseases including cancer are a big focus area Japanese encephalitis acute encephalitis syndrome kala azar and arsenic contamination have been identified as “low hanging” fruit MINUSES The biggest controversy has been the decision to stall the larger health warnings based on the recommendation of a parliamentary committee — which included Allahabad MP S C Gupta who owns a beedi empire worth Rs 250 crore Gupta and the committee chairman Dilip Gandhi questioned the available evidence on health effects of tobacco and demanded Indian studies be done first The ministry has acceded to the committee’s suggestion that larger warnings be put on hold even though the recommendation was not binding on it During Harshvardhan’s stint he faced criticism for stripping Indian Forest Service officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi of the charge of vigilance office of AIIMS SELF-RATING “We are committed to providing affordable accessible healthcare for all Our focus is on reducing out-of-pocket expenses and improving health indicators substantially” – J P Nadda Health Minister OPPOSITION RATING “I don’t know whether a ministry like health exists because there is no progress The ministers are good but ministers in this government are totally powerless The secretaries are directly dealing with the PMO I don’t know who is dealing with health in the PMO Whosoever is does he or she know anything about health Budgetary allocations have been slashed for NRHM NACO Ayush and many other areas- Ghulam Nabi Azad head Cong shadow group on health Water Resources: Ganga comes first but work crawls rivers move to link Uma Bharti on the Sabarmati in Gujarat (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja) Promises Cleaning of the Ganga became the primary task of the Water Resources Ministry in the last one year The government promised it would not just rid the river of pollution but also ensure that it has adequate flow throughout the stretch and regenerate biodiversity in the river The other high-profile promise was to begin work on interlinking of rivers Pluses Last week the government approved a Rs 20000 crore budget for the Ganga cleaning exercise for the next five years On the river interlinking project work has been going on for over three decades now; the current government has managed to accelerate the work in its first year The first project the Ken-Betwa link has already been cleared by the cabinet Six more are likely to be approved soon A programme for aquifer mapping has started A comprehensive water information system has been put online Minuses The Ganga cleaning has progressed at a slow pace The ministry has lacked clarity on what exactly has to be done The work required involvement of a number of agencies and departments and that has hampered the pace Following the clearance of Rs 20000 croreofficials say work is likely to gather pace in a couple of months With the Ganga project and the interlinking of rivers taking up most of the attention of the ministry many other programmes have suffered Little progress has been made on installing an early warning system for floods The Water Mission under the National Action Plan on Climate Change has got little attention Self-rating “I am 100 per cent satisfied with the work my ministry was able to do in its first year I had set out three objectives and I am very happy that my ministry has been deliver on all of these The first of course was Ganga cleaning A lot of work has been done in consultation with every possible stakeholder The government has just cleared Rs 20000 crore for the programme Ganga cleaning will be one of the biggest successes of this government I am very happy with the progress on the interlinking of rivers We have been able to do in one year what the previous government couldn’t accomplish in 10 years The third thing I wanted to do and which I have achieved in doing is fast-tracking of clearance for projects under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme and the Flood Management Programme Uma Bharti Minister Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Opposition rating “The Water Resources Ministry has become all about Ganga but even then it is only sound and fury Very little progress seems to have been made What is tragic is that we have not even heard about other very important things A separate agency to encourage water conservation was under creation We don’t know what happened to that We have already seen very drastic cuts in the budget of the ministry Which means very useful programmes like the AIBP and FMP will suffer The performance has been very disappointing and if programmes like AIBP and FMP are allowed to suffer it will very badly impact our farmers and rural population Pawan Kumar Bansal Former water resources minister Promises Soon after taking charge Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised a new national policy to address Left Wing Extremism as well as long-term visas to persecuted minorities from Pakistan Bangladesh and Afghanistan Pluses Among administrative measures enhancement of compensation to civilian victims of communal terrorist or Naxal violence from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh and for 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims also to Rs 5 lakh The ministry cleared recruitment of 33 per cent women in police forces in all UTs and Delhi; higher financial powers to DGPs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) for various procurements Merger of Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards simplifies system to one OCI card with enhanced benefits; electronic-tourist visas extended to 150 countries In policing NIA unearthed a module of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh; arrested more than 60 cadres of Assam’s NDFB(S) that had killed gunned down 78 people in 2014 Incidents of LWE-related violence dipped 22 per cent from the previous year Minuses The ministry has courted a number of controversies including a ban on India’s Daughter Leslee Udwin’s documentary on the 2012 gangrape on a bus in Delhi A lookout circular against Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai led to the Delhi High Court pulling the government up The government also put donations from 16 overseas NGOs including Ford Foundation subject to prior approval A major controversy was the ministry’s removal of home secretary Anil Goswami amid allegations that he had called CBI officials to stall the arrest of Matang Sinh in the Saradha scam The promised LWE policy remains on the drawing board Bihar Himachal Pradesh Punjab and Telangana are without governors The annual chief ministers’ conference on internal security is yet to be organised The government is yet to fulfil its promise of bringing underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to India for trial Nor has it released as promised the religion census for 2011 Self-rating “The security situation in J&K northeastern states and LWE-affected states has shown overall improvement with the security forces able to contain militant and terrorist activities The cabinet approved enhanced relief of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased person in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots”- Rajnath Singh Home Minister Opposition rating “Communal tension and social disharmony has increased in the last year That speaks for itself There is a perceived feeling of too much power being concentrated in the hands of the Centre and that shows in the appointment and removal of governors and their interference on the working of elected governments They always talk about strengthening the states but all their actions have been in the opposite direction” Ashwani Kumar? the matter is sub judice; I will not say anything. Nischol has a point. In an industry where people come from far and wide to work, he turns and looks, I have heard the government is giving us a Rs 15 lakh loan over six years. and make sure that people who are opposed to this are forced to think differently. When the NDA government sought to bring amendments to this law, has a responsibility towards his nation. he took us to the seashore at Rameshwaram and showed us.
Country HR Manager, Then we plan to invite all stakeholders, He landed on April 16 morning, Rahul had told him to accommodate Usman in the PCC. who wanted a 40-something to play an amateur detective and father to a five-year-old. reason enough for him to face hostility from within the industry. We would acquire the land, you said around 40 road projects have been terminated and 26 projects are facing difficulties which can’t be solved. Better Answer: Many.
undergraduate student who had turned up for KCR’s public meeting at Karimnagar. thousands of voices start chanting, however, But, Not exactly about Vadra, He said yes.