Today, I attended the Centre’s “Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra”, a nationwide program aiming to engage the masses in the resolve of a “Viksit Bharat” – or a Developed India.
The program aspires to reach the unreached in the country’s rural hinterlands, apprise them of government’s initiatives and schemes, and also encourages them to avail benefits.
In my experience of the event at a village in Deeg – Kumher Constituency of Rajasthan, not only did I witness the informative exhibitions of myriad government initiatives – such as the Ujjwala Yojna, Jan Dhan Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna inter alia. But also, a detailed guide for villagers to avail their benefits by on spot enrolment.
The event also facilitated a vital interaction among the community on government policies and their processes. For those unaware of all the assistance the government can provide, a word of encouragement from beneficiaries in their community seems to have gone a long way.
The event also brought face-to-face the people and their elected representatives, who expounded on the Centre’s work in relevance to their constituencies. Accountability of the representative could be measured from the glint in the people’s eyes.
Activities such as quizzes and discussions furthered awareness on the government’s intentions, national developments, accomplishments, challenges and their viable solutions. These discourses often highlighted a variety of societal prejudices and their consequences on greater prosperity.
Lastly, together the citizens took an oath of honourably executing their duties as diligent citizens towards national welfare. For some, this might be unfounded, so even I thought, however, the flare of ambitions and hope filled the room with sheer conviction. Each individual manifested a resolve towards their community upliftment and collective prosperity.
Demonstrations of drones in agriculture and introduction to more efficient means of farming, the means to secure these facilities, left an indelible impression on a marginalised section of society.
In all, awareness of a burgeoning India, its challenges and the assistance to pursue their viable solutions – fostered in people – a desire to individually, collectively and comprehensively envision change of good in their society.
The fact that such aspirations of individual progress, community development, provoked by newfound hope of a rising nation, are being uncovered via this program at such minute scale across the nation is simply mind-boggling.
Government is impeccably basing its decisions on a citizen centric approach, which is processed by direct interaction between people, their legislators and associated bureaucrats.