Best of 2015: Top schemes launched by Modi government in last one year

From time to time, the government has come up with various schemes for the welfare of the people of the country. Looking back the last one year, Modi government has launched various schemes.

Here are the top public welfare schemes that NDA government has launched in 2015:

1. Smart City Mission: Modi government declared the names of 98 cities selected for the ‘Smart City Project’. This is a flagship project which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his government was sworn into power last year.

PM Modi’s Union Cabinet announced the approval of Rs 48,000 crore that will be allocated to the Smart Cities Project.

The Union Development Ministry said that they will provide Rs 100 crore per city per year over the next five years.

Read: All you need to know about a ‘Smart City’

2. One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme: Under the OROP scheme the government said it would revise pension every five years where the veterans protested and demanded that it should be revised every two years. The government announced that OROP will be implemented from July 1, 2014 and the base year would be 2013 but the ex-servicemen objected and said it should not be implemented from April 1, 2014 instead of July 1.

The veterans even demanded that every person in the army should be a beneficiary under the OROP scheme. The estimated cost to implement OROP will be between Rs 8,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore.

Read: All you need to know about government’s decision on OROP and why veterans are still unhappy

3. Skill India Mission: Launching ‘Skill India’, Narendra Nodi had said that India should emerge as the ‘human resource capital’ of the world as China has become a global ‘manufacturing factory’. Skill India Mission is a part of the government’s ‘war against poverty’. The NDA government said it will work towards equipping over 40 crore people with adequate skill by 2022.

4. Gold Monetisation Scheme: Gold monetisation scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 5, 2015 along with gold sovereign bonds and the Indian gold coin. This scheme will monetise gold worth nearly Rs 60 lakh crore held by households and institutions.

Read: All you need to know about investing in Gold Monetisation scheme

People can now buy gold bonds of up to 500 grams in a year instead of buying physical gold.

Read: Government approves ‘Gold Monetisation Scheme': All you need to know about it

5. Atal Pension Yojana (APY): The scheme looks to provide monthly pension to subscribers from 60 years of age. The scheme mainly focuses on workers in the unorganised sector and is open to Indian citizens who are between 18-40 years of age.

6. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana: This scheme launched by the NDA government is an Indian program which aims to provide 24*7 power supply to all homes in rural India.

7.Digital India Programme: Launched on July 1, 2015, the programme targets at empowering the nation digitally. The main aim of this programme is to ensure that government services are available to the citizens electronically and people get all the latest information and benefits of technology.

Read: Here’s what you need to know about the Digital India initiative

8. Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana: This insurance scheme was launched on May 9, 2015 which says that a person will be given Rs 2 lakh for accidental death. In case of partial disability a person will be given Rs 1 lakh. This scheme is available for people whose age is between 18 to 70 years.

9. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana: This is also an insurance scheme which gives a life insurance of Rs 2 lakh with a premium of Rs 330 per year.

10. Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT): This scheme launched by the NDA government deals with urban development and aims towards better living. It drives economic growth stressing on the need for people centric urban planning and development.

11. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY): Launched on June 25, 2015, the PMAY is a Housing for All scheme which focuses to enable better living. The NDA government identified 305 cities and towns across nine states for implementation of this scheme.

12. HRIDAY: Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) launched in January 2015 seeks to preserve and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the country.

13. Sukanya Samridhi Yojana: Also known as Girl Child Prosperity Scheme, it is primarily to ensure that a girl child gets equitable share of resources and savings of a family.

(With inputs from agencies)