The Narendra Modi Government has fulfilled 18 per cent of the promises the BJP made in its election manifesto, and work is in progress on 52 per cent, going by the numbers.
That finding comes from ‘Kulhar’, an organisation founded by Mr. Kush Sharma, who has been a researcher with both the BJP and the Congress.
All 246 promises listed in the Highlights of BJP’s Manifesto for 2014 General Elections were analysed, and “Only official sources such as annual reports, parliamentary questions and RTI replies were used for the research,” Mr. Sharma said. Forty nine of the 246 promises, which were generic in nature, were excluded from this analysis. The rest were classified as ‘Fulfilled’, ‘Under Progress’, ‘Yet to Start’ or ‘Broken’.
Browse through the interactive tracker to know the current status of promises made in the manifesto. Last Updated on May 25, 2016.
Research for this analysis was conducted by ‘Kulhar’, an organisation founded by Kush Sharma, who has been a researcher with both the BJP and Congress. Readers are encouraged to fact-check the status of promises and become a part of this accountability exercise. In case you find any discrepancy, please inform us in the comments.
As a manifesto is framed for five years, this analysis gives a snapshot of the status of the commitments after two years. The time frame for execution has not been taken into consideration.
The 35 promises that have been rated as ‘fulfilled’ include launch of a Skill Development Mission and boost to entrepreneurship via programmes like ‘Start-up India’. Initiatives have been launched to promote participatory governance and crowdsourcing of ideas from citizens on important policy issues via www.mygov.in. Improving upon previous programmes, a new farm insurance scheme was launched to take care of crop loss due to natural calamities. Also, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy revised the target of National Solar Mission upward five times to create a capacity of 1 lakh MW solar power by 2022.
104 points taken up
Another 104 promises (52 per cent) have been taken up. These include the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which aims to make the country open defecation free by 2019. Further, the Goods and Services Tax Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha (and is pending in the Rajya Sabha) to simplify the indirect tax regime.
Work is on to provide broadband connectivity in every village, interlink police stations under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) project and create 100 smart cities.
But no substantial work has been done on 57 promises (30 per cent), Mr. Sharma finds. These include reservation for women in Parliament and Assemblies, fellowships and internships for youth to contribute to governance and framing of a national plan on the Maoist insurgency. Also, fast track courts have not been extended to all levels of the judiciary and the number of judges and courts has not been doubled, as promised.
The BJP also ‘broke the promise’ of providing 50 per cent profit in the Minimum Support Price to farmers, Mr. Sharma says. After coming to power, they refused to act on this, stating that doing so could distort the market.