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Road transport ministry: Continues UPA's work, contradicts own data
These are some of the claims made by the Ministry of road transport in its performance report card, issued a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first year in office
 
As many as 36,000 km of rural roads built; highway building increased to 12 km/day from 2 km/day, cashless treatment for accident victims on national highways. These are some of the claims made by the Ministry of road transport in its performance report card, issued a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first year in office.
 
However, a look at the figures projected as key achievements shows that the claims are biased or incorrect - and the schemes projected as fresh initiatives have been in existence for years. Here is what Fact Checker found:
 
1. “Significant” increase in rural road: Yes, but lesser than some past years
 
Claim: Roads constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY - Prime Minister’s Rural Road Development Programme) have “significantly” increased from 25,262 km in 2013-14 to 36,883 km in 2014-15.
 
Reality: More roads were constructed under PMGSY during 2014-15, compared to 2013-14. However, far greater lengths have been constructed: 60,117 km in 2009-10 and 45,109 km in 2010-11.
 
2. Highways built at 12 km/day instead of UPA’s 2 km/day: Wrong, says government’s own data
 
Claim: Only 2 km per day constructed between 2009 and 2014. The current government has increased it to 12 km/day.
 
Reality: More than 12 km/day was being constructed during 2009-14, with a high of more than 15 km/day during 2012-13, the government’s own data says.
 
3. More highway contracts than previous year. Yes, but lesser than years before that
 
Claim: 7,980 km of projects awarded during 2014-15, compared to 3,621 km during 2013-14.
 
Reality: That is true, but 9,791 km and 9,500 km, respectively, were awarded during 2011-12 and 2012-13.
 
4. Electronic tolls on national highways: That started in 2012
 
Claim: Rolling out electronic tolls on all national highways.
 
Reality: Pilot studies began in 2010 on National Highway 22, extended to six toll plazas in 2013.
 
5. Wayside amenities along national highways: Process began in 2009
 
Claim: User-friendly amenities on national highways.
 
Reality: Setting up of wayside amenities on national highways was first proposed in 2009, and eight sites were awarded for development that year. By next year, 56 new sites were identified for development of amenities.
 
6. “Key achievement”, integrated vehicle-registration and driving-licence system: Started 2010
 
Claim: Integrated vehicle registration and driving licence system developed; a “key achievement” of 2014-15.
 
Reality: The system has been in development since 2010. Called Vahan (Registration Certificate) and Sarathi (Driving Licence) project, these systems crossed 100 million users in November 2012. By 2013, 45 million driving licences and more than 115 million registration certificates were digitised and put on centrally connected platforms across the states.
 
7. Cashless treatment for road accident victims: Started in 2013.
 
Claim: Cashless treatment for road accident victims.
 
Reality: Not a new initiative. The pilot project for cashless treatment was first proposed in 2012 and was launched on NH-8 in July 2013. Two more pilots on NH-8 and NH-33 have been implemented, according to government data submitted to parliament.
 
8. Women’s Safety: GPS-based Tracking of public transport vehicles: Started by previous government
 
Claim: 32 cities to be covered under unified system for GPS-based location tracking of public transport.
 
Reality: This scheme was also initiated by the previous government under the Nirbhaya Fund. The scheme will be implemented by May 2016 in the first phase targeting 32 cities, according to answers in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

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Narendra Doshi

2 years ago

Kudos for the research.
Will the Minister-in-charge & Cabinet Minister Nitin Gadkariji please start giving a continuous CORRECT updates, say evry 6 months?
Similar activity should also cover all other branches of the government - Central & States.

Anil Agashe

2 years ago

Should we be surprised with this? This seems to be the trend in all ministries. BS has been doing a series on this. And Aravind Panagaria says this government has done much more than what the last government did in 10 year!Is he for real? Such irresponsible statements will hurt the government. Modi needs to crack the whip and quickly.

Kirloskar Brothers probes breach of trust
Pune-based Kirloskar Brothers Ltd on Monday said it closed the first quarter with a profit of Rs.7.32 crore and has started a probe on breach of trust.
 
In a regulatory filing in BSE, the company said it had posted a net income of Rs.368.98 crore and a net profit of Rs.7.32 crore for the quarter ended June 30.
 
For the corresponding quarter of the previous year, the company had posted a net income of Rs.329.55 crore and a net loss of Rs.19.85 crore.
 
According to the company, during the quarter under review it noticed deviations from standard operating procedures. This may involve cases of breach of trust, dereliction of duty or irresponsibility in discharging duties.
 
A pointed and thorough investigation is under progress and the company has taken and will take stern action after ascertaining the full facts, the filing said.
 

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Anil Agashe

2 years ago

I heard they have sacked some high ranking official already.

Decision on Indian Financial Code after public comments: Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said the government will -- after receiving comments from stakeholders -- decide on the draft Indian Financial Code, which proposes to remove the RBI governor's veto right in the monetary policy committee.
 
"Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission has made its recommendations, which have been made public for comments. Only after the comments are received that the government will take a view," he said.
 
Besides taking away the Reserve Bank of India governor's authority to veto interest rate decisions, the draft also proposed that the monetary policy committee would have four representatives of the government and only three from the central bank, including the RBI 'chairperson'.
 
The draft also said that the RBI "must constitute a Monetary Policy Committee to determine by majority vote on the policy rate required to achieve the inflation target".
 
The current practice is that the RBI governor consults a Technical Advisory Committee, but does not necessarily go by the majority opinion while deciding on the monetary policy.
 
The revised draft of the IFC, which is conceived as an overarching legislation for the financial sector, says "inflation target for each financial year will be determined in terms of the consumer price index by the central government in consultation with the Reserve Bank every three years".
 
Apart from the RBI 'chairperson', the monetary policy committee would consist of five members - an executive member of the Reserve Bank Board, one employee of the RBI nominated by the RBI 'chairperson' and four persons appointed by the government.
 
In the original draft, the RBI 'chairperson' had power to "supersede the decision" of the committee in "exceptional and unusual circumstances".
 
Assuring reporters here that the government will consult the RBI before taking a decision on the formation of the monetary policy committee, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Monday that the proposal doesn't reflect the government's viewpoint.
 
He said the government believes the Reserve Bank of India is capable of taking independent decisions on the monetary policy.

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