Two years for the Central Government is a reasonably long period. But two months for a State Government is too short a period to make any comment on the performance. I have been thinking about writing on the performance of Modi Government and the current State Government in Assam for a while.
While doing so I have decided to think and write positives only to the maximum extent possible as it is much easier to find faults and criticize. Also I will try to focus on issues affecting common people and consciously avoid bigger and subjective issues like “Illegal Immigration” and “Saffronization”.
The Central Government
There has been a “Mission Mode ” in the style of working .Many flagship programs have been announced such as “Make In India” , “Jan Dhan Yojana”, “Swach Bharat Abiyan” etc. Government is proudly talking about the economic indicators like GDP growth rate, retail inflation, number of accounts opened under PMJDY and even Railway Track and Road Building activities per day.
In this part of the country we do not expect to be impacted by the economic indicators. I assume that “ Swach Bharat Abhiyan “ is a long term agenda. In some of my recent train travels I found that the train compartments are cleaner than previous occasions I had travelled. Also may be very soon we will see trains connecting Agartala with major Indian cities ( though works began during UPA regime).
But my major concern is the “ Make In India” initiative which does not seem to be taking off . The Government does not have a plausible answer on the job creation data. This is despite the Prime Minister going around the world seeking investments in India and even granting 100% FDI in various sectors. Perhaps economists need to think of alternative models other than inviting FDI and similar measures under Economic Reform process.
The Prime Minister often highlights that 22 crore accounts were opened under the Jan Dhan Yojana. At the ground level we have not seen any turnaround in rural economy by virtue of these accounts. People’s participation in Prime Minister’s social security schemes is very limited as these did not appeal to the masses to the extent desired.
The State Government of Assam
Assam faces many serious problems and let’s have patience. But I want talk about two actionable and relatively less complex points,
- Saving Rhino
Immediately after assuming office the Chief Minister ordered that the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests or PCCF which is in Guwahati should be shifted to Kaziranga so as to monitor Rhino protection. I thought it was an “Out of Box Idea” and awaited more news on the development. But nothing seems to be happening as of now.
Recently I heard the Assam Industry Minister announcing that the automobile giant Mahindras will open a manufacturing unit in Assam. Great News. But my concern is how long we will have to wait till something tangible happens on ground.