English Script: Mamta, Shohini Bose
Video Editor: Purnendu Pritam
On 6 December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “By 2022, when India celebrates its 76th Independence Day, there won't be a single family that doesn't have a house to live in.”
But is this the reality? Why is ‘the roof over every head by 2022' promise being camouflaged by the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' scheme?
Has everyone got a home? Is India a $5 trillion economy now? Has India become open-defecation free?
On 15 August 2022, when the country completes 75 years of independence, we look back at mainstream media’s extensive coverage of PM Modi’s seven key promises & claims and compare them to the reality on the ground, which completely belies the PM’s promises.
PROMISE #1- EVERY FAMILY TO HAVE A HOUSE
In 2018, PM Narendra Modi promised that every family would have their own house by 2022. Recently, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that out of 1.22 crore sanctioned houses, 61 lakh houses were commissioned.
Ironically, the same government that promised a house for every family has resorted to bulldozing homes, even before court verdicts are out
PROMISE #2- DOUBLING FARMERS’ INCOME?
On 6 June 2021, PM Modi said, “By 2022, when India celebrates its 76th Independence Day, farmers' incomes would have been doubled. We are working towards it.”
The 'Ashok Dalwai Committee' formed by the Centre had assured that all farmers' incomes would be doubled by 2022. But, is there any data to back this claim?
According to the NSSO’s (National Sample Survey Office) report from 2012-2013 to 2018-19, farmers’ income has increased by 21 percent. However, the income did not double and there is no end to farmer suicides as well.
As BJP ministers including Nishikant Dubey continue to peddle lies in Parliament saying that ‘no farmer has died by suicide in the last eight years’, National Crime Bureau’s data suggest that 43,181 farmers died by suicide in 2014-2020. If their incomes doubled, as per the claim, then why are farmers dying by suicide?
PROMISE #3- THE FIVE TRILLION DOLLAR ECONOMY
The target for India to become a $5 trillion economy by 2022 was shifted to 2024-25, but is it still possible? The COVID pandemic did adversely affect our economy but pre-pandemic GDP growth wasn't promising either.
PROMISE #4- EMPLOYMENT AND LPG CONNECTIONS
In 2014, PM Modi promised to generate two crore jobs every year. In the last 8 years, out of the promised 16 crore jobs, only 7 lakh jobs were created.
Under the Ujjwala Yojana, the government aimed to provide eight crore LPG connections by March 2022. However, the target was achieved by September 2019 only. Between April 2016 and April 2022, nine crore free LPG connections were distributed which is an achievement for which the government should be lauded.
But, in the last five years, one needs to look into the fact that 4.14 crore beneficiaries did not refill their LPG cylinder and 7.67 crore beneficiaries refilled only once.
PROMISE #5, #6 and #7- INTERNET AND OTHER FACILITIES
Accessibility to optical fibre networks was promised across the country by 2022. According to a TRAI report, there are only 824.89 million (59 percent) internet subscribers in India.
In the state of Bihar, only 48 percent have access to the internet. The clean Ganga mission and the supply of bullet train services are also far from being a reality.
With the country reeling under unfulfilled promises, symbolic patriotism is mere sloganeering. The 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign can be a reality only when every family has a ghar, internet connectivity, employment and accessibility to basic amenities. Else, for every unkept promise, we'll be forced to ask... Janab, Aise Kaise?