A five-hour long gala event has been organized at India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday evening to mark two years of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with senior Union ministers and chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states will attend the event. BJP chief Amit Shah will also be present.
Film personalities including Amitabh Bachchan and Anupam Kher will be grace the occasion. Several top business tycoons and foreign envoys are also expected to attend the celebrations. Multiple security agencies have made elaborate arrangements in and around the venue to secure the VVIPs.
The entire area has been cordoned off and CCTV cameras installed at vital locations. NSG commandos will guard the venue during the event and entry for the grand event is restricted. India Gate has turned into a fortress, according to TV reports. Massive security arrangements are in place before the event begins.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Meghalaya on Friday. PTI
Top BJP leaders led by the party chief Amit Shah on Friday had highlighted the "achievements" of Narendra Modi government during its two years in office, claiming they included empowerment of the poor, infrastructure growth and youth-led devlopment.
Top echelon of the government including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, besides Shah, were present as Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a presentation to highlight its performance at an interaction with senior editors from various media houses here.
The presentation also claimed that the common man has "benefited" due to "low inflation" and "stable price" regime and India has emerged as a "bright spot" in the world with high growth rate of 7.6 percent. In the power-point presentation on a whole range of economic and social issues, BJP claimed that the nation is "transforming" and moving ahead in all spheres.
"IMF calls India a bright spot," according to the presentation. The country has become the highest recipient of foreign direct investment and insurance sector alone has attracted Rs 9,000 crore froam abroad, it said.
Besides, Sitharaman said, the government has taken various initiatives including Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, and Deen Dyal Upadhyay Antyodaya Yojana for empowering poor.
Many other social security schemes have also been announced by the government which provide insurance at affordable premium for the poor. As per the presentation, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) has been subscribed by 2.96 crore, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) by 9.43 crore and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) 26 lakh since its launch.
Pradhan Mantri Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Yojana has benefited 3.48 beneficiaries by providing collateral free loans to small entrepreneurs worth Rs 1.37 lakh crore.
Direct Benefit Transfer has also benefited the poor as it has eliminated leakage, as per the presentation.
Subsidies and benefits of 59 schemes being transferred thorough DBT and government has been able to save about Rs 36,000 crore. On infrastructure development, the presentation said 6029 km of highways were constructed in 2015-16 and 7,108 villages are electrified.
India has become the world's clean energy capital, as per the presentation.
With regard to initiatives in the farm sector, the government has launched many schemes including Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana and E-platform for National Agriculture Market to help farmers fetch the best price for their produce.
On black money, it said, many steps have been taken including passage of Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015. Besides, enhanced enforcement measures resulted in unearthing of tax evasion of approximately Rs 50,000 crore of indirect taxes and undisclosed income of Rs 21,000 crore and prosecutions launched in 1,466 cases.
With emphasis on youth employment, the government has provided training to 19.55 lakh under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.
The government has been able to pass various key legislations and economic reforms including Insolvent and Bankruptcy Code.
With its focus on Uttar Pradesh which goes to polls early next year, BJP is also planning to launch a series of programmes to highlight the achievement of its government that completes two years. BJP national general secretary Anil Jain said that top cabinet ministers and party leaders will also hold various programmes to highlight the achievement of the government across the country from 27 May 27 to 15 June.
The BJP leader said that from May 27, the programme will be launched all over the country covering almost all the states. "The programme will cover 198 cities while 33 teams have been formed in which Cabinet ministers, Minister of States and party leaders are there. These three member team will visit six states," he said.
After the Congress targeted the Modi government on its completion of two years in office wondering "what was there to celebrate", BJP hit back saying the NDA dispensation had done more than what the main opposition party did when in power and accused the erstwhile UPA government of creating "records in corruption".
It accused Congress of practising "negative" politics and speaking "untruth" to target the Narendra Modi government and attacked it, saying the opposition party was rejected by people in state after state due to this while people have accepted the saffron party.
"The government began well from where Congress had left... committing massive corruption. Whether it is allocation of 2G spectrum or coal blocks or direct cash transfer to LPG consumers and MNREGA workers.
"For the first time, 50000 villages were provided with broadband facilities. Every panchayat and small township were given Rs 80 lakh and Rs 21 crore. Out government also sanctioned one rank-one pension to ex-servicemen. We did in two years what Congress governments could not do in 60 years," its national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
Congress and BJP have been involved in a war of words over the massive campaign by the ruling party over the second anniversary celebration of the government. The main opposition party wondered "what was there for it to celebrate".
Updated Date: May 28, 2016 21:40 PM