Indelible Contributions of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the Nation

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“A beautiful soul is never forgotten.”

Since elections are round the corner and everyone is indulged in discussions regarding their favourite PM candidate, facebook walls are filled with debates and memes regarding the elections. My soul still feels the loss of Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. There are some who rule this land and think themselves to be kings but he ruled the hearts of people and will do so in the paradise too.

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at the age of 93 but his contributions to nation are indelible. So here’s a look to his most important contributions for the nation.

RAISING INDIA’S GDP

Although India faced catastrophic events during his tenure including earthquake (2001), two cyclones (1999 and 2000), a horrible drought (2003-2003), Kargil conflict (1999) and parliament attack, yet he maintained a stable economy by introducing economic reforms. Under his tenure India maintained GDP rate of 8%, inflation level came down to % and foreign exchange reserves were flourishing.

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

Chandrayaan 1-PM Atal Bihari announced the project on course in his Independence Day speech on 15th August 2003 by saying that India would send her own spacecraft to moon by 2008.

He made India a nuclear weapon state. In 1998,India conducted 5 nuclear tests in one week. This project and its achievements and problems have been enacted in a latest movie ‘Parmanu :The Story Of Pokhran’

RISE OF INDIAN TELECOM INDUSTRY

His government introduced a revenue sharing model under new telecom policy which helped telecom firm to get away with fixed license fee. The mobile revolution started during his time as NDA government decided to slash call rates and thereby bring in more competition in the telecom industry

Bharat Sanchar Nigam ltd was separately created to head over services and policies.

ROAD PROJECTS

The largest highway project in India and 5th longest in world at 5846 km was started by NDA government led by Atal Bihri Vajpayee. It is a network of highways that connect four major metropolitan cities of country in four directions –delhi(north), Chennai(south), Kolkata(east) and Mumbai (west0 thereby forming a quadrilateral and hence the name Golden Quadrilateral

INTRODUCTION TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT

Besides raising India’s GDP to 8%  in his tenure, he further introduced fiscal responsibility act which aimed to reduce fiscal deficit and boost public sector savings which rose from -0.8% of GDP in 2000 to 2.3% in 2005.

PRIVATISATION

Among several milestones in his brief period of ruling, privatisation was appreciated. He formed separate disinvestment ministry. Some important disinvestments were Bharat Aluminium Company, Hindustan Zinc

EDUCATION POLICY

It was first time in India that elementary education became free for child aged 6-14 years . It was launched in 2001 under scheme SARVA SIKSHA ABHIYAN and brought a drastic change in number of dropouts by 60%

PRADHANMANTRI GRAMIN SADAK YOJNA

This scheme connected villages across country with network of all weather roads. It helped movement of farm produce and improved access to health and education. Thus, providing farmers relief to live a comfortable and easy going life.

LAHORE DECLARATION

Lahore declaration was a bilateral agreement and governance treaty between India and Pakistan. The treaty was signed on 21 Feb,1999 at conclusion of historic summit in Lahore and ratified by parliament of both countries of same year.


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