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How about some 'Kaam ki Baat' along with 'Mann ki Baat'!
With the famous radio program 'Mann ki Baat', Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to address the nation directly and desires to communicate with the vast populace of this mammoth country.

However, the prime question which is very central for every Indian citizen to know is – does Prime Minister Modi intend to only talk?

What are the leading policies of PM Modi's government and do his government's policies address the basic needs of the people of India? PM Modi has been leading the NDA government for more than three years now, but, has his government accomplished major changes in improving people's living standards, income of common people, condition of farmers, grim flood situations, rate of inflation, health benefits to common people, late running of Indian trains, and low petrol-diesel prices?

BJP along with its allies had formed an NDA government earlier as well. After more than a decade, BJP and its allies got mandate to form a new government under the leadership of Narendra Modi. Yet, it seems that in the last 10-15 years of time, NDA government has not worked out any concrete policy which can solve issues in this country and improve the living standards of common masses. Indian economy has been doing well for the last two decades, nevertheless, the benefits of it have not reached in the right hands and people are still living in rags.

After coming to power at the Center, the current NDA government has failed to implement any policy/method which changes conditions of living and style of government functioning in this country. Farmers continue to commit suicides and are being forced to sell agri-products at low prices. In this prosperous country, crop cultivators are living in penury and coping with harsh market conditions. Politicians, bureaucrats, hoarders, and middlemen are working in connivance to create adverse trade conditions and compelling farmers to sell their crops at rates much lower than the government fixed prices.

In the last three years, we have again and again seen onion and tomato prices skyrocket during rainy season and touch the Rs 100 per kg mark. On the other hand, thousands of tons of onions and tomatoes are wasted every year after harvest due to absence of authorised buying mechanism and insufficient storage facilities. In a country where fertile land is available in abundance and crop production can be increased multifolds under better conditions, government yet does not have the will and determination to improve crop management. Every year, the country runs short of agri-products and the shortage of food commodities is met by importing lakhs of tons of food grains by the government.

In the United States, crops are cultivated in large scale so that they get yields for next three to five years. Advanced countries like the United States do not reap the same crop every year but their immense agriculture harvests last for many years. Besides, those countries have adequate technologically advanced storage facilities.

However, India is yet to learn crop management despite hundreds of agriculture universities running in the country, costing the exchequer crores of rupees every year. In the United States and few European countries, a large number of food processing companies are engaged in manufacturing myriad food products with quality and in large quantities, generating revenue for their countries, providing employment, and profits for farmers also. How many food processing plants have been established in the last three years in India under the funding and backing of the current NDA government?

Our bureaucrats and top government secretaries are unable to guide governments with proper crop management policies. For sure, our bureaucrats and "so-called" scientific staff have to step up their act. For last two decades, heavy floods especially in eastern and northern regions of India have caused severe damage to life and property as well as to agricultural production. Despite this, the current government has not formulated a policy to address the problem of floods and for proper water management.

The current Modi government has not done anything tangible on surface towards linking of rivers and construction of new dams for checking enormous water-release during monsoon. Miserable life of flood victims –which include newborn babies, children, old and infirm population, and helpless farmers – does not ruffle feathers of our government, bureaucrats, and politicians. In reality, our officials do not lift a hand to help others and exhibit minimum accountability. It is also difficult to punish them under the current legal system of the country for their acts of negligence and non-performance.

India is currently mismanaged to a great extent but the current government is mainly interested in winning elections and saving its face on several sensitive issues. Improper health facilities throughout the country are causing deaths of thousands of children and poor people who cannot afford expensive healthcare services. In last three years, the NDA government has not set up even a single world-class hospital or medical institute in the country. Furthermore, various AIIMS, founded fifteen years back in several states, are not equipped with much needed facilities while many departments of new AIIMS are not even functional.

On the contrary, under various governments, private super-speciality hospitals have mushroomed in the country and are sucking the blood and money of common masses in place of providing affordable treatment. The nexus between these private hospitals and government officials is so strong that deaths caused by frequent medical negligence do not make hospitals or practitioners accountable in this country. The current government does not have a substantial medical policy for saving the lives of common citizens. The government has also failed in curbing malpractices in rendering medical services in the country.

The much-hyped changes in Indian Railways have turned futile. Indian Railways has been ineffective in running trains on time and ensuring seat-availability to each passenger. Contrastingly, the Indian Railways is more interested in realising its dream of running a bullet train in India on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. Interestingly, while Mumbai is in the home state of the railways minister, Ahmedabad lies in the home state of India's Prime Minister. To practically speak the truth, the Indian Railways at the moment lacks the capability to run a high-speed train.

Recent CAG reports and media probes into catering services onboard Indian trains indicate that Indian Railways is extremely mismanaged. There is no accountability for late running of trains and no innovation has been done to change the functioning of Indian Railways. Train accidents are still common and lead to hundreds of people losing their lives every year. Malpractices are rampant in allocation of tenders whereas safety measures are insufficient. The current NDA government and particularly the current railways minister are deliberately showing large apathy toward improving services and facilities in railways.

Ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during the first NDA government had given the slogan – 'Jai Vigyan' (Respect to science and scientific community of India). However, in the last ten-fifteen years India does not seem a land where a single scientific innovation has been done. India is still heavily dependent on transfer of foreign technology since under various governments, India's prime ministers have been resorting to procuring defence and space technology from countries like Russia, Israel, France, Germany, Britain, and nowadays the United States. Indian Research and Space Organization (ISRO) proclaims the launch of a hundred satellites together but more than 90 of those satellites belonged to NASA which suggests that NASA, without risking anything, played a role in the success of the mission.

In reality, the Indian scientific community functions more like a bureaucracy and senior researchers mainly look after management and set-up of their departments in place of inventing new methods. Government research labs and universities including institutes like IIT seriously face dearth of skilled and competent scientific and teaching staff. On the other hand, a large number of PhD degree holders, graduating from IIT, cannot find a job in India and are often rejected by unscientific research community by using the remark – 'nfs' (not found suitable), although, such PhD graduates easily get post-doctoral research positions abroad in reputed foreign universities. Those who are employed in scientific positions in India are poorly skilled and lack innovative mindset required for developing a new cutting-edge methods. That's why no Indian scientist or professor has been able to get a Nobel Prize in science in the last 70 years.

A large number of engineering colleges including IIT and state universities in India are unable to impart advanced knowledge to their students, thus putting Indian industries at a disadvantage of having to hire people having knowledge of only old-era technology which is usually non-profitable. Little achievement in science and technology is one of the primary reasons why a home-grown bullet train project is still a distant reality in India, and all the technology for it is being transferred from Japan. India still purchases fighter planes, various types of tanks, drones, radars, and many other military equipment from foreign countries by spending huge money amounting to crores of rupees every year.

Owing to poor research and development (R&D) activities, foreign companies are principally selling their products, from automobiles to electronic gadgets in India and have totally captured the market. While the 'Make in India' concept is yet not realised on surface in India, mobile phones, laptops, motherboards, computer chips mostly manufactured and assembled in China get the tag of 'Made in China'. The irony is that Indian companies are also diverting their investments for manufacturing their products in other countries.

More or less, the current NDA government is predominantly interested in starting infrastructure projects in the country such as smart cities, airports, metro-rail, highways, river-navigation, and other means of transportation which largely benefit industrialists and foreign investors. Investors for these kinds of projects are not going to provide employment on permanent basis while wages will also be limited for high-skilled workforce.

In a country of 1.3 billion people, resources and capital are being controlled by a handful of investors whereas job insecurity is makingthe common people to work like slaves in their own country for capitalists who fund political parties and play hand in gloves with our corrupt politicians.

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