Modi’s 2-year Watch: Foreign affairs, Railways & Roads get citizens’ thumbs up

At a time when the government has put a huge diplomatic effort abroad, led by the Prime Minister himself, to get NSG membership, the citizens have given the thumbs up to the country’s foreign policy under Narendra Modi.

The highest ratings in a government online survey on the occasion of the second anniversary of the Modi Government have been given by citizens to its efforts in ‘creating a new world order through a proactive foreign policy’ and ‘modernising railways’. The nearly monnth long survey on MyGov portal concluded on Thursday with nearly 2.7 lakh people giving their ratings to various government initiatives.

Closely following the foreign policy and railways was the Nitin Gadkari-led Road and Transport ministry’s performance in building roads and highways. In short, the Foreign, Railways and Road, Transport and Highways Ministry have shone – being the only ones getting over 60% respondents giving them the highest ratings. While nearly 67% respondents gave ‘5 star’ ratings to India’s foreign policy effort as well as the railways, 64% gave the top rating to roads and highways construction sector.

The efforts to tackle black money again saw only 31% respondents giving the same a top rating. In fact, the highest number of 14% respondents gave the lowest ‘One Star’ rating to the efforts on black money. Other showpiece initiatives of the Modi government – Swachh Bharat, Digital India, and Self-employment through Mudra Yojana and Start-Up India – saw only 33%, 36% and 38% respondents respectively give them 5-star ratings. Only 39% respondents found the efforts “to recast agriculture and measures to enhance farmer welfare” worthy of a top rating while 40% respondents gave the 5-star rating to the Government’s Skill India programme.