‘Modi Government fulfilling its commitment of empowering the poor and vulnerable’

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Statement on ‘Garib Kalyan: An Article of Faith
for Double Engine NDA Governments’

At the National Executive Committee meeting held in New Delhi on January 16-17, 2023 a Statement on ‘Garib Kalyan: An Article of Faith for Double Engine NDA Governments’ was made by BJP leader in Bihar Legislative Council, Shri Samrat Chaudhary. Explaining the welfare initiatives, the statement said ‘Garib Kalyan’ is the guiding philosophy of the policies and governance model of the central government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and it ensured food security to 80 crore people. As a result, despite the pandemic and global economic slowdown, the number of people below the poverty line continues to decline in India. Excerpts :

Garib Kalyan is the guiding philosophy of the policies and governance model of the central government led by Prime Shri Narendra Modi and BJP-NDA state governments across the country. The pro-people policies of the BJP government are rooted in the nationalist ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Indian nationalism is built on the foundation of inclusivity and belief in the shared common future irrespective of the social, religious, regional or linguistic background. The governance philosophy of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi personifies the spirit of Indian Nationalism: Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas. The BJP governments have adopted this motto in the state and wherever they are in the governing coalition.

During the pandemic, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan (PMGKY) Yojana of 1.70 lakh crore and Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan of 20 lakh crores (including PMGKY). It ensures food security to 80 crore people, income support and financial assistance to daily-wage workers, farmers, and MSMEs, provision of loans to 31.9 lakh Street vendors under PM SVANidhi Yojna etc. It was coupled with the far-reaching reforms enacted by the government, touching all sectors of the economy to prepare it for the post-pandemic world and accelerated economic revival. As a result, despite the disruption caused by the pandemic and global economic slowdown, the number of people below the poverty line continues to decline.

As India enters Amrit Kaal, our pace of progress shall further accelerate. The most visible impact of BJPs good governance model has been the reduction in overall poverty and the upliftment in standard of living. Unlike the politics of freebies with serious fiscal stability implications, the welfare schemes of BJP governments aim to empower the power by aiding capacity building. The driving force behind such policies is empowering the poor and capacity building of individuals and communities.

They are based on objective criteria and are backed by adequate provisioning. Schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ensures affordable housing for the poor; Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana provides electricity to households; Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana provides LPG cylinders; Har Ghar Jal Yojna to provide piped drinking water to households or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are aimed at ensuring necessities to the deprived sections to enable them to strive for a better future.

At the same time, the double-engine growth NDA governments across 16 States have similarly exemplified its commitment towards accelerated development. Various large-scale initiatives have been taken up by the double-engine growth NDA governments to uplift the poor and empower the vulnerable.

Arunachal Pradesh

To ensure a complete coverage of all flagship programs of the government at the Village Level, Seva Aapke Dwar 2.0 is launched – 1000+ camps have been organized reaching more than 12 Lakh people. AtmaNirbhar Arunachal Pradesh is a front ended subsidy flagship scheme promoting “Atmanirbharta” with more than 7,387 farmers and 719 SHGs as beneficiaries. Chief Ministers Arogya Arunachal Yojana (CMAAY) provides quality and cashless healthcare up to Rs. 5 lakhs in the empaneled hospitals to the indigenous people of the state and government employees. To promote entrepreneurship amongst youth, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana (DDUSY) has been launched, aiding 526 entrepreneurs and converting them from job seekers to job providers.


Assam has launched ‘Orunodoi’ Scheme, providing a financial assistance of Rs 1250/- per month to poor households in the State. Through this, more than 19 Lakh households have benefited.

Assam has launched ‘Orunodoi’ Scheme, providing a financial assistance of Rs 1250/- per month to poor households in the State. Through this, more than 19 Lakh households have benefited. For improving access to healthcare, the Assam Arogya Nidhi (AAN) provides financial assistance up to Rs 1,50,000/- to BPL families and families having a monthly income of less than Rs. 10,000/- for general and specialized treatment. Chief Minister’s Shishu Seva Scheme has also been launched for children who lost their parents to COVID-19. Further, Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM) Scheme has been launched to provide financial support to the youths of Assam to take up income-generating activities in the manufacturing, trading, and service sector. Swanirbhar Naari – Atmanirbhar Asom Scheme has also been launched for economically disadvantaged women, and around 4 lakh families have benefited in 1st phase.


For improving access to health, Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) has been launched to provide a health cover of upto Rs. 4.00 lakhs for a family of four and more members. Griha Aadhar improves standard of living across vulnerable families by providing monthly disbursement of an amount of Rs. 1500/- every month – the money is disbursed to housewives/homemakers. Laadli Laxmi scheme helps parents from low-income groups in the marriage of their daughter by depositing Rs. 1.00 lakh as financial assistance, directly into the bank account of the eligible beneficiary. Further, through the Dayanand Samajik Suraksha Yojana (DSSY), senior citizens, single women, disabled persons, and HIV / AIDS patients are transferred a pension of Rs. 2500/- per month.


Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana (MYSY) is a scholarship scheme that is offers a scholarship of Rs. 2,00,000 or 50% of the course fees, whichever is less to students from economically weaker sections who have secured 80 or more Percentile in 12th Science (PCB) and have a family income less than Rs. 6 lakh/annum. Gujarat Ganga Swaroop Yojana is a widow pension scheme that gives a pension of Rs 1250/month. Through this scheme, the pension has been provided to 3.70 lakh women in 33 districts across Gujarat. Maa Vatsalsya Yojana, an extension of the Mukhyamantri Amrutam Yojana has now included families from the lower middle class that are not part of the insurance scheme, to provide coverage of Rs. 3 lakhs per family. To encourage the installation and usage of solar panels on rooftops of houses and reduce dependency on external sources of energy, Solar Rooftop Yojana has been launched. Since its inception 3,91,830 residential rooftop solar panel systems have been installed in the state.


The Haryana Government has successfully implemented many schemes that have uplifted the weaker and underprivileged sections of the society. Under the ‘Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon, 5487 villages are getting uninterrupted 24-hour electricity supply. Under “Mahila Avam Kishori Samman”, 22.5 Lakhs women from BPL families have been provided free sanitary napkins for improving women’s health outcomes. To uplift the living standards amongst the vulnerable population, financial assistance of 80,000 is given to SC/Vimukat and Tapriwas under Dr.B.R Ambedkar Aawas Navinikaran Yojana. This scheme helps in accelerating housing for all. On the principle of Garib Kalyan- economic upliftment of the poorest, Mukhyamantri Antyoday Parivar Utthan scheme is giving a tailored package of measures such as education, skill development etc. to 1 lakh families and increasing their income minimum threshold to 1.8 lakhs per annum.


Manipur launched a mobile-based agro-advisory service ‘Loumisingi Paojel’ to provide farmers valid and real time information and help

With an objective of last-mile delivery, Janasevaka scheme provides 58 government services such as certification, issuing ration goods at subsidized rates at the doorsteps of the citizens and has handled 95000+ applications so far. To encourage students from economically weaker sections, Raita Vidya Nidhi Scholarship Scheme was introduced to provide scholarships ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 11,000 to students – 10.19 lakh students have already been covered through the scheme at a cost of Rs 464.15 Crore so far. To boost women empowerment, Stree Samarthya Yojana is launched that will provide 5 lakh women with a financial grant of 1.5 lakh for self-employment. To further promote the birth of girl children in economically weaker families and to raise their status within the family and society, As a concerted effort to uplift the youth, Babu Jagjivan Ram Self- Employment Scheme has been launched, providing self-employment benefits for 22,400 youth. On the same line, under the Swami Vivekananda Yuvashakti programme, a self-help group of youth is being created in each of 28,000 villages with a seed money of Rs. 1.5 lakh for every group. Further, through the Kayaks Yoajana, 3.3 lakh traditional businesses in villages such as carpentry, tailoring etc are being supported.


Manipur launched a mobile-based agro-advisory service ‘Loumisingi Paojel’ to provide farmers valid and real time information and help them against climate risks. State is taking care of its marginalized by providing grants and pensions. Manipur has initiated an old age pension scheme that provides 1500 rupees per month to the elderly, destitute and widows. Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST) provides care-giver allowance to differently abled along with an insurance of Rs 2 lakhs and free transport services. This is in addition to various central government schemes like PM-JAY, PM Awas Yojana, SPM Rurban Mission, Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan which are being implemented across the state.

Madhya Pradesh

Providing nourishment to destitutes, Madhya Pradesh government introduced Deen Dayal Antyoday Rasoi Yojana that has set up 100 centres where meals are served to the poor at a highly subsidized rate. The scheme has already served more than 70 lakh meals. The government introduced multiple schemes such as ‘Bhagwan Birsa Munda Self-Employment Scheme’, ‘Tantya Mama Economic Welfare Scheme’ and ‘Chief Minister Scheduled Tribe Special Project Financing Scheme’ to provide financial aid and more opportunities for self-employment to the youth of the Scheduled Tribes. At the same time, Mukhyamantri Kaushal Samvardhan Yojana has provided free skill development to over 2.5 lakhs youth consistently across the state. Further, under Mukhyamantri Solar Pump Yojana, 90% subsidy is being given to farmers on their purchase of solar pumps. To ensure that the underprivileged receive quality medical treatment, MP Rajya Bimari Sahayta Nidhi has been launched wherein medical assistance upto Rs. 2 lakh is given to the members of the families living below the poverty line.


Maharashtra also became the first state to make simultaneous transfers under incentive scheme wherein the government transferred Rs. 4700 crores to 16 lakh farmers

To ensure quality food to all, at the time of Diwali, a scheme ‘Anandacha Shidha’ was launched, in which food kits comprising essentials (rawa, sugar, oil) were distributed at a subsidized rate of just Rs. 100. With the objective of empowering marginalized sections of society, a grant amount of Rs. 35,000 has been sanctioned for two years for Scheduled Caste students pursuing Ph.D. On the same philosophy of Garib Kalyan, an aid of Rs. 18,000 is given to scheduled caste students for the Union Public Service Commission exam. Maharashtra also became the first state to make simultaneous transfers under incentive scheme wherein the government transferred Rs. 4700 crores to 16 lakh farmers who have been repaying their short-term crop loan on time. For empowerment of Girl Child, Manjhi Kanya Bhagyashree Scheme was launched that provides financial assistance to girl childs in families below 7.5 lakhs yearly income. At the same time under Asmita Yojana, 1.6 crore sanitary pads have been sold at a highly subsidized price through self-help groups. A very popular water conservation scheme named Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan was launched with the aim to make Maharashtra a drought free state that will immensely help villagers and farmers for their sustenance.


CM Health Insurance Scheme (CMHIS) was launched to cover the entire population, thereby equipping Nagaland with Universal Health Coverage. The state is undertaking the Jal Jeevan Mission at a war-footing and will provide functional household tap connection (FHTC) to all its 3.8 lakh rural households by 2023. CM’s Micro Finance Initiative (CMMFI) was launched to enhance farmer’s income by increasing investment in agri and allied sectors. It is creating opportunities for 1500+ entrepreneurs in the first year. PM Gram Sadak Yojana is improving connectivity to remotest parts of the state, including border villages. Further, PM Awas Yojana and affordable rental residential development program is being undertaken to provide pucca houses to the residents.


Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Housing Scheme for Houseless Poor (subsidy upto 2 lakh) and a land acquisition and development scheme has been launched to provide houses to the people. Training for artisans/masons is being carried out to create employment and upgrade skills. To better the standard of living for the poor, access to sanitary latrines has been provided to Below Poverty Line families. This has increased the number of households with toilets to nearly 100%. Environmental Improvements in Urban Slums are being undertaken to improve the quality of life for slum dwellers. Central scheme AMRUT is being used very well by the government to transform the urban landscape, promote tourism and create employment. PM Awas Yojana is being aggressively undertaken by the government to ensure housing for all. Under Smart Cities mission, 105 projects at a cost of Rs. 822.64 crores are being carried out. This has improved connectivity, transport, law and order and urban infrastructure.


In Tripura, more than 50% of the population is dependent upon agrarian economy. Under the NDA Government, the average income of farmers increased by 68% in the last 5 years. For the tea garden workers, the ‘Mukhyamantri Chaa Srami Kalyan Prakalpa’ was launched. In a first, the government introduced the Ban Adhikar app for demarcation of land rights for landless indigenous citizens. It helped in providing land Pattas to 1.2 lakh of these citizens. Under the Tripura Rural Livelihood Mission, the number of women connected with SHGs rose from 38,000 to more than 3.45 lakh. By connecting them to financial institutions, it further opened new gateways of financial stability to poor families. The scheme brought them under integrated social security nets that ensured housing, ration and financial support. With 75% women beneficiaries, the scheme benefited 7000+ families of tea garden workers. The Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme secured employment generation for over 34,528 in the ongoing term of NDA govt.


About 75%+ population depends upon agricultural activities in Uttarakhand. The Deendayal Upadhyay Kisan Sahkarita Kalyan Yojana provides interest free loans upto 5 lakhs for small and marginal farmers and farm groups. Further, to encourage self-employment and entrepreneurship, the state government provides loans upto Rs. 25 lakhs. With 15-20% subsidy in bigger loans and upto 50% subsidy in nano category loans, it aims to mitigate migration of youth from the states and hilly areas within the state. In the geographically tough terrain, the government has also started a Heli Ambulance scheme. It has provisions for cost-free services to poor people and is also linked to Ayushman Health Cards. The state government is providing three cost free gas cylinders in a year to 184000 Antyodaya card holders. To ensure law and order in the remotest parts, the government recently abolished the system of revenue police and notified phase-wise implementation of the regular police system in the state.

Uttar Pradesh

In the MSME sector, the government provided employment to 10,000 youth in 100 days. Further, it extended Rs. 16,000 crore worth loans to 2 lakh+ handicrafts men, workmen and small traders in the second term of the BJP Government. Cutting out the middlemen, a record 1.84 lakh crore support price was paid to sugarcane farmers by Dec 2022. Under the Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana, all farmers are entitled to get Rs. 5 lakh compensation on death / disability while

In line with the core ideology of Garib Kalyan, BJP under the leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi has truly demonstrated its commitment of empowering the poor

working. At the same time, all those citizens who possess unaccounted money can deposit their undeclared income in Garib Kalyan Yojana – this is being used for upliftment of the poor and marginalized. At the same time, Bhagya Lakshmi Yojana for BPL families has been launched that entitles a mother of a newly born girl child to get a bond of Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 5,100 in their bank accounts. Under Deendayal Suraksha Bima Yojana, all landless farm workers get an insurance coverage of upto Rs. 2 lakh without any premium amount. During COVID, for the economically weaker sections, BJP Government transferred Rs 230 crore into the bank accounts of 23 lakh daily wagers.

As can be witnessed from the above initiatives of the double engine growth NDA government, Garib-Kalyan is the cornerstone of the party. Today we are witnessing a remarkable transformation in the compact between people and the government. Under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India is moving away from the politics of patronage towards the politics of development. One of India’s main challenges in implementing government policies has been the local power structures mediated through the patronage politics of caste and identity. It is where the BJP governments have acted as a disruptor par excellence.

The unprecedented delivery of public goods and services like housing, electricity or gas cylinders, expansion of the social safety nets and health services, apart from financial inclusion programmes like Mudra and Jan Dhan Yojna through the use of technology like Aadhaar and DBT ensured that the first time, beneficiaries and the poor got the benefits they were entitled too. This universal and direct provision of public goods and the public provision of private goods have caused significant disruption on the ground, thereby positively transforming the relationship between the state and the people.

In line with the core ideology of Garib Kalyan, BJP under the leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi has truly demonstrated its commitment of empowering the poor and vulnerable last-mile citizens.