“Sarkarein aayengi, jayengi, party banengi, bigdengi…magar ye desh rehna chahiye”- Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an orator par-excellence, a meaningful politician, vivacious statesman, and our Former Prime Minister of India. A man who manifested that it is not a stable Government that India needed but good governance- governance by the rules of democracy. His contribution to the world of democracy in India is uncountable.
On his 2nd Death Anniversary here are some of his legacy and achievements for those who need a history lesson-
1. He brought privatization and helped to privatized a few companies like BALCO, VSNL, and Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. For the first time, a Department of Disinvestment to prepare privatization candidates was formed, and a Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment created to accord quick approvals.
2. He created his foundation of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, which made education a fundamental right for children aged between 6 to 14 years. The aim was to give elementary education to all a time-bound manner.
The initiative was mandated by the 86th Amendment to India’s Constitution, making free and mandatory education to children between the ages of 6 to 14 a fundamental right.
3. Vajpayee introduces the New Telecom Policy (NTP), which helped to lead to a telecom penetration rate rise from 3% in 1999 to over 70% in 2012.
He was also recognized as the father of modern telecommunication in the country as he helped the industry overcome some of its most troublesome new challenges.
4. The first section of the Delhi Metro project between Shahdara and Tis Hazari, now known as Red Line, was approved and inaugurated by Vajpayee on 24th December 2002.
The Metro project was formally authorized in 1996, a year after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was set up. But the work did not begin till it got a political push, mainly from the Prime Minister’s Office.
5. Vajpayee announced the moon mission – Chandrayaan-1, in which India will send its spacecraft to the moon. He passes the project, and now we can witness ISRO‘s incredible achievements, which set the tone for India’s Science Supremacy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute at ‘Sadaiv Atal‘ the memorial to Vajpayee in Delhi. He remembers his outstanding service and efforts towards India’s progress. Even President Ram Nath Kovind, along with Union home minister Amit Shah and defence minister Rajnath Singh also paid tributes to Vajpayee.
“The Modi government is striving for the welfare of the poor governance by keeping his ideas at the centre of its work,” said Amit Shah.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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