Modi Government’s Priorities
A clear sense of priorities of a government can be discerned very clearly from the funds it allocates to sectors. Please read about the major focus areas of Modi and decide yourself as to what are his priorities.
The Modi government spent ₹3,755 crore of tax payers money on its publicity from April 2014 to October 2017, reply to an RTI query by I &B Ministry revealed. What the BJP spends is in addition to this.
The current defence budget at 1.56 percentage of GDP in 2017-18 is lowest since the India-China war in 1962, a parliamentary panel has said and expressed its “unhappiness” over the share of capital expenditure in the defence expenditure being “abysmally low”.
The Estimates Committee headed by BJP MP Murli Manohar Joshi, in its report on “Preparedness of Armed Force – Defence Production and Procurement”, also said that “nothing concrete” has been done for implementation of strategic partnership model.
Pakistan, as per a report has increased the defence budget by 20% for 2018-19.
As per Economic Times report China has increased her defence budget by 8.1 % for 2018. At $ 175 billion it is the highest budget ever for China. India’s defence budget is approximately $ 45 billion.
Six years ago, that is in 2012-13, education expenditure was 3.1% of the GDP. It fell in 2014-15 to 2.8% and registered a further drop to 2.4% in 2015-16. Although, there have been some signs of recovery since 2016-17 (2.6%), expenditure on education hasn’t been restored to the 2012-13 level, let alone be anywhere close to the government aim of touching 6% of GDP.
At 1.02 percent of its GDP–a figure which remained almost unchanged in nine years since 2009–India’s public health expenditure is amongst the lowest in the world, lower than most low-income countries which spend 1.4 percent of their GDP on healthcare, according to the National Health Profile, 2018, released by union minister for health and family welfare, JP Nadda, on 19 June.
Kerala Flood Relief
CM Vijayan pegged the loses incurred by the state at Rs 19,512 crore. Over 200 people were killed in the floods and thousands have been displaced.
Kerala has sought a special package of Rs 2,600 crore from the Centre for relief and rehabilitation. Modi government has announced interim assistance of Rs 600 crore for the state so far. In comparison UAE government has promised an aid of Rs 700 crore.
Please decide after noting the above facts as to what are Modi’s priorities?