With Lok Sabha polls just months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signalled the official Government of India calendar for 2019 with important dates of his policy announcements.
The soon to be uncovered calender has — for the first time — noted important dates for events in the form of policy and welfare measures published by the BJP government for the citizens over the last almost five years of its tenure.
With farmers progress on its mind — after the BJP’s recent fall in rural assembly parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — January 13 find the first notice of policy initiative by the Narendra Modi government as it celebrates the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna the next notice is of Start-Up India on January 16.
Another farmers welfare measure is Soil Health Card which makes a mark on February 19.
An extraordinary measure that affected the armed forces One Rank One Pension, boasted as one of the major achievements of the Modi government, finds mention on November 7.
Other crucial dates reserved on the calendar are Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and Sukanya Samridhi Yojna (Jan 22), Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission (Feb 21), Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna (April 8), Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna (May 1), Atal Pension Yojna (May 9), Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojna and Digital India (both July 1), Jan Dhan Yojna (August 28), Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (October 2), Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojna (October 28), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (November 20) and Bhim App (December 30).
So striking, it fails to consider the move of demonetization and GST implementation by the Central government.
Each page represents scenes from the everyday life that have been influenced by government policies. January concentrates on “Ensuring ease of living of all citizens” and lists the welfare measures of the Narendra Modi government which has directly influenced the segment like comparison with the Manmohan Singh government’s tenure “inflation fell from a double-digit of 2010-14 to record low in the last four years”, “medicines made affordable through a nationwide network of 4000 Jan Aushadhi stores” and “income tax exclusion limit raised, tax rate decreased from 10 per cent to 5 per cent for income between Rs 2.5 lakh-5 lakh”.
February represents the initiatives taken by the Modi government for the farming sector, March for Ensuring Women Empowerment, June for the rise of India on a global stage and December for promoting entrepreneurship in small businesses, other months also have examples of these policies on particular pages.
Each page of the 12 months of the year also carries a quote from the Prime Minister along with his picture. Each page also carries a logo and message honouring 150 years celebrating the Mahatma, marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
It is assumed that marking such important dates is expected to leave an everlasting impression on the people. Sources stated that this is the first time that the official government of India calendar has a separate marking for major government policy initiatives. “Till now only gazetted and national holidays were marked on the annual calendar,” sources added. The calendar can also be downloaded from “government of India Calendar App”.
In meantime, this year the Press Information Bureau is expected to complete the task of distribution of accreditation cards to journalists ahead of schedule. Sources said that the process is supposed to begin this week and is expected to be concluded by January 15.