Well, many of my friends, from different walks of life, have agreed that ever since the formation of the new government, a wave of positivism and faith has emerged. Some key areas of improvement are:
Rail budget is a perfect example wherein a very tough but crucial decision to hike the fare has been taken, irrespective of the fact that it will have a direct pinching effect on the already squeezed pocket of a common man. But as one of the senior retired executive of the railway board was explaining on TV, it had become imperative to hike the fare; otherwise it would have become difficult for railways to even run day to day operations.
Likewise, the ever increasing price of vegetables and other food items are always a concern for an ordinary citizen but the immediate steps taken by the government to check the inordinate increase did have a positive impact. There was no panic such as long queues in front of outlets selling onions and tomatoes, due to the controlled rates.
But the most instant result which has touched the most is the excellent measures taken by the Ministry of external affairs in getting the Indian nurses released from troubled Iraqi territory. Another vital development noticed by one and all was the release of an Indian soldier accidentally floated away in Pakistan's territory.
Also, the way the whole world
is looking up to the leadership skills of our Prime Minister - ranging from our next door neighbors like Nepal to the mighty United States - it has become a clear writing on the wall that India
is going to play a leading role in the next decade.
On a personal note, I whole heartedly admire the loud and clear message conveyed to each and every government servant, that henceforth, performance is going to be the key mantra for survival.
Formation of a dedicated Ministry for the cleanliness of the holy river Ganges has been appreciated all around. Even international agencies are ready to contribute in this noble but vital cause.
There have been many controversies involving the doubtful role of a large number of NGOs, especially in terms of misusing the foreign financial aids and a mechanism to impart an effective check by the new Government is a step which will have a long lasting impact.
It is too early to predict anything for the long term growth and the road map required to be undertaken, but the level of faith imposed by a common man is really commendable. The end result of any plan really depends on many things, ranging from monsoon to the global financial situation, but as they say, once you have a certain level of confidence, half the job is already done. Many of the concerned citizens feel that the following issues need to be addressed on priority:
Generating employmentImproving law and orderExercising effective control over inflationStreamlining the health services, especially in govt. hospitalsProviding quality education in a reasonable fees pattern all around the nationRationalizing tax structureTo check corruption in govt. depts.
Last, but not the least, to initiate steps to incorporate a long term but result oriented fiscal policy, free from the elements of appeasement in the form of subsidy to attain favor of the voters.
We do believe that more efforts are required to be taken collectively with the participation of each and every citizen, and only then we will be able to emerge as a strong and developed nation. Ours is a great country and our patriotism is unique. Let us all begin from this moment, for shaping up the future of our kids, for the time is running out fast, and we have got to go miles before we sleep.
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