Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018, unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’ built to pay a grand tribute to the ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The statue is approximately 600 feet tall and is aptly named as the ‘Statue of Unity’, as the man whom this statue is dedicated to, united as many as 562 princely states into one nation called India. This is the world’s tallest statue, located on the banks of Narmada River. To give you a perspective, the statue is almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty (310 feet) situated in the USA.
Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was the first Home Minister of India, much ignored by his own Congress Party, is finally being given his due recognition for his integral contribution to our motherland. It is important to recall that Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for this statue on October 31, 2013, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
This interest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in vital contributions of Sardar Patel to India is not only symbolic, but PM Modi has actually put into action the vision of Sardar Patel. Here are Sardar Patel’s vision for five major areas and how Prime Minister Modi has put them into action.
- United India
- Internal Security of India
- Modernisation of Police Force
- Farmer’s Welfare
- Focus on Business & Industries
Vision: United India: One India
- In the last 4 years, India’s development policies are on the lines of Sabka
Sath Sabka Vikas. Modi government has brought in one indirect tax Goods and Services Tax (GST) to replace the plethora of indirect taxes. This has unified the nation with a single tax on the lines of One Nation One Tax.
- In the agriculture sector, one unified e-market, e-NAM, has been set up and more than 1.21 crore farmers from all over the country have registered on the portal.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also the actively pushing for the idea of One Nation One Poll, which will bring in more uniformity in the electoral cycles across the country.
Vision: Farmer’s Welfare
- The government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allocated Rs 35,984 crore for the agriculture sector in 2017-18, which is the highest-ever budget on agriculture since independence.
- Importantly, the Modi government has adopted the Neem-coated UREA strategy, which has rigorously checked its diversion and ended its shortage. This has further led to the end of long queues of farmers at the fertiliser centres.
- Soil Health Cards – Modi Government has so far issued 16 crores cards which help in soil conservation. It is an important measure that will benefit farmers on a sustainable
Vision: Effective Policing
- Modernisation of the Police scheme was launched in the year 2017 with a massive outlay of Rs 25,060 crore.
- For more smart and scientific investigation, a state-of-the-art Forensic Science Laboratory at Amaravati has been approved.
- Speedy implementation of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS) Project is being done with the highest-ever funds released.
Vision: Internal Security
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi showing the grit and determination of Sardar Patel took the bold decision of surgical strike on terrorist camps in Pakistan.
- India stood rock-solid at Doklam and the resulting stalemate between both India and China ended up in the withdrawal of both the forces.
- Operation ‘All-Out’ in Jammu & Kashmir has been one of the most significant strategies to end the terrorism from India’s northern-most Many influencing terrorists have been neutralised.
- Due to the beefed-up internal security, Modi government has ensured that no major terrorist attack has taken place in India in the last 4 years, except in some sensitive areas of J&K and North East.
- Cleaning the Red Corridor – A total of 1442 Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) surrendered in 2016 only, more than those surrendered between 2009 and 2013 combined. This suggests the effective check by the present government on Naxalism.
Vision: Focus on Business & Industries
- The government has adopted many measures for Ease of Doing Business in India since 2014. Consequently, India for the first time got listed in the Top 100 in Ease of Doing Business Index.
- The number of mandatory documents required for imports & exports from India has been reduced to 3 from the earlier 10.
- e-Biz – One stop solution to all the Government-to-Business (G2B) services, this has made the flow of business-related information free and transparent.
Based on the above discussion, it can be said that the ‘Statue of Unity’ is a glowing tribute to the Iron man of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has worked in all the crucial areas that were envisioned by Sardar Patel.