The second best time to plant a tree is today; of course the best time was 25 years ago. It’s better sooner than later or never. There are other important things as well but how long do we have before we just wait and the time is gone. Statue of Unity? Was that a need of Hour for we Indians?
“There is something unique in this soil, which despite many obstacles has always remained the abode of great souls.”
The above was quoted by the Iron Man of India, as the country celebrated his birth anniversary on 31st October 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the “The Statue of Unity”. A statue that would not only symbolize the service, the sacrifice and the sense of belonging towards our nation but also inspire people of our country to inculcate Sardar Vaallabhbhai Patel’s visionary ideologies of unity, patriotism, inclusive growth and good governance. According to the government this monument will not just be a mute memorial like the rest, but a fully functional, purpose-serving tribute that will spur all around socio-economic development, in the form of better connectivity, healthcare and education infrastructure, research centre for agriculture development and various tribal development initiatives.
In context with the statue Prime Minister Modi said “The statue will stand high, not in meters and feet, but much more in terms of academic, historical, national and spiritual values. My vision is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come.”
Yes I know, people are here thinking and portraying this act as waste of money obviously. So, let’s see whether this ‘Statue of Unity’ is waste of money or not?
Project has been seen as an extravagant affair, argued with the fact that this much money could be used in providing schools, hospitals and other public projects to people.
Well, quoting such allegations is contradictory with the original reason of the money. The Rs. 3000 crore spent now will bring 10 times more money in future.
The statue of liberty has around 4.3 million visitors in the year of 2014.
Now just imagine. How much the US govt might be earning from it. How many schools and education centers can be opened if every visitor pays a minim fee of 1$. That is tooooo less!
Now take wave back to the project of Statue of Unity.
This would be the tallest statue in the world. It would definitely attract the visitors across the globe. This will earn lots and lots of money to the government.
If you are daily news reader you would come across that India is already under debt of thousands of crores. So at such crucial time investing in dead assets is very harmful. Building schools is important. But along with that ” GAREEB KA PET BHARNA” is also important. This project will open new doors of employment for the maintenance contractors.
So I guess. We should not connect the issue of Tourism Department to the Department of Education.
Mayawati Tends to create a garden with all the statues of the people belonging to a particular community. I don’t say that is bad. But along with it will give a glimpse to communal riot. That is harmful.
Now, If you come to the Statue of Unity the name itself SAYS unity..
WE ARE UNITED. That is what the message will go across the globe.
So now Statue of Unity will earn you money that can be used for development of Indian economy.
It will tell others that INDIANS ARE UNITED.
Statue of Unity is indeed a fitting tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Home minister as well as the man who played a key role in unifying India as what we see today. Definitely, such a personality must be honored, especially in Gujarat, his home state.
Keeping the politics and imaging building part of Narendra Modi aside, such monuments do help in popularizing tourism for years to come as well as give an iconic representation to a place or destination. For example, Taj Mahal wasn’t built as a tourist attraction, rather a personal tribute of an Emperor to his beloved wife. But today gives a strong international identity to the entire country. To build such a monument, it cost nearly 32 Million (3.2 Crore Rs) in 1648 AD which means its nearly 52.8 Billion Rs (USD 827 Million) in today’s rates. Compare to that, the Statue of Unity is just USD 290 Million worth.
However, there is something important to understand. Taj Mahal was built by an Emperor who never had to worry about the life of commoners of his own country, while Statue of Unity built by Prime Minister/Chief Minister who had direct accountability to people. That’s the big difference between Monarchy and Democracy.
Emperor Shah Jahan rarely worried about building any public housing or residential facilities or public infrastructure for the common man. He loved building a magnificent Red Fort and Juma Masjid in Delhi along with marble fountains laid Chandhi Chowk where moonlight can be reflected on its avenues, but never worried about people who lived on sides of this same Red fort or people who have to do business in Chandi Chowk. Can a Modern democratic Indian leader have similar priorities as like any Emperor? Don’t think I am criticizing a Mughal emperor. I too loved the great beautiful structures of Mughal emperors and fascinated with it. But the priorities of Empire and Republic always stand to differ.
And after these step we across many controversies and political debate. So, leaving them behind let’s go ahead and carry on this debate with some maths.
Statue Of Unity is made at a cost of ₹2,982 Crore. Let’s increase the cost and make it to ₹3.000 Crore.
The Population of our country is approx 135 Crore. Now, let’s calculate the contribution made by each person.
₹3,000 Crore ÷ 135 Crore= ₹22.24
We have hundreds of Beggars begging around street. Have you ever wondered what will they do, with these amount of money. They will spend the money in eating for sure. If you think ₹23 is enough to remove poverty, then God help you. Statue Of Unity was built in 33 Months. Now, just think about the no. Of people who might have got work in these 33 Months. Won’t that be a great opportunity for them? And with great step we can get fame in several countries.
According to a Survey from GITCO, the number of foreign tourists grew by 7%while the number of tourists visiting from other Indian states grew by 23%. Among domestic tourists, 24.5 Million(24 Lakh 50 Thousand) tourists from within Gujarat toured the state in the last year, while 7.4 Million(7 Lakh 40 Thousand) tourists from other Indian states visited Gujarat, — a hike of 23%from 6 Million(6 Lakh) tourists in 2013-14.
So, these were the reports from year 2013–14, now think about increase in tourism, if they will know that India holds a statue which is tallest than any other statue in the world. And after all, viewing this great masterpiece is not free. You need to pay ₹350(per person) for having a glimpse of this Statue and other things.
I think this is a great step taken by our country, and In the name of feeding poor these ₹3,000 Crore would have gone in the pockets of many politicians. Sardar Patel united India with a speech that convinced all the state heads to give up and made the political integration without blood shed, Otherwise it would have dragged the entire subcontinent into a lengthy civil war. And with this great‘Statue Of Unity’ we are paying Iron Man a great tribute _/\_
It’s not the waste of Money, it’s the best use of money.
So since my childhood, I had heard a lot of Sardar Patel as well as VP Menon’s hard work in unifying 562 Princely states that form much of Modern India.
Naturally, for a proud Indian, it’s definitely great to see such a man being honored for well before the world.
Who will win the Rajasthan Assembly elections in 2018?
Rajasthan has the track record of non-repeating govt After 1990.
In Rajasthan same kind of voice raising at the time Gujrat elections. Congress was winning but end result you know.
People are not voting BJP they are voting Modi.
Achievement of e-Ratna award winner Vashundra Raje –
- Bhamashah – I live in Jaipur and lots of people from small-town came to Jaipur for hospital treatment. they are getting benefits from
- Food at 8 – Anpurana scheme gaining traction from people due to avilable food at 8 INR. Can you believe? Yes approx 100+ food truck in Rajasthan big city as well small town serving.
- Dravyavati Nadi– One of the biggest achievement of Vashundra Raje that they complete 75% work of Dravyavati Nadi.
Congress can win – Congress can’t win Rajasthan then nothing will be for Congress in parliament elections. RAGA raising concern Rafal but peoples not interested !! Bofors was generated by Congress cabinet minister.
Ashok Gehlot – I wish this man should be Cheif minister of Rajasthan.
But In Bikaner people raising Slogan of Rameshwar Lal Dudi !!
Congress is scattered in Rajasthan No Team Work.
If you want to analyze the Rajesthan Government and breakdown it’s tenure, so let me give you few of my insights.
Assembly elections of 2018 can be regarded as semifinals to the. The election to the state of Rajasthan with a population of 6.89 crores (as per 2011 census) and 200 assembly seats are going to be held somewhere around December 2018 since the tenure of Rajasthan assembly ends on January 20, 2019. Many past trends, caste and religion equation along with the performance of the present government of Vasundhara Raje and the bypoll results 2018 are going to affect the election results. The election will also in a way serve as a litmus test of the popularity of . Let’s look in detail and try to find out which party will win the Rajasthan Elections 2018?
History of Rajasthan Elections –
The dominance of Congress in Rajasthan was broken by BJP in 1990 under Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, who ruled the state till 1998, after that we have seen alternate Congress and BJP government till present. However, this election may result in something different due to Modi effect and BJP’s dominance in the present Indian political scene.
Demographic Trends and caste –
Hinduism is majority religion in the state of Rajasthan with 88.49 % followers. Islam is second most popular religion in the state of Rajasthan with approximately 9.07 % following it. Jats and Meenas are the two powerful communities both comprising about 10% of the population of the state. There has been a history of the struggle between different communities in Rajasthan. In 2009, Meena community has opposed the demand of Gujjar community to be included in the ST category.
There has also been a historic rivalry between the Jat and Rajput communities in which since the early years of years of independence Jats voted for Congress and the Rajputs generally for the opposition fractions. But the decision of Congress to make Asok Gehlot CM in 2008 who belongs to Mali community didn’t get well down among the Jats.
Performance of Vasundhara Raje’s Government –
Rajasthan government had done fairly well in particularly two schemes
1. BHAMASHAH YOJNA –
A scheme for woman empowerment and financial inclusion & BHAMASHAH SWASTHYA BIMA YOJNA for providing medical benefits to around 60% population of the state with the cashless treatment at even private hospitals.
2. JAL SWAVLAMBAN SCHEME-
This scheme is very much successful to the public participation and financial contribution from the public.
But in the recent past, Rajasthan has been in news for hate crimes and politics of polarization. A dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan was lynched by a suspected mob of cow vigilant in the Alwar district. Also, Umar Khan, 35, was found dead near railway tracks at Ramgarh with his family accusing the cow vigilant for the crime. Not only that, in the campaign in the recent bypolls in Alwar, BJP leader Jaswant Yadav told a rally that “If you are a Hindu, vote for the BJP. Muslims will go with the Congress.” Also, a Facebook post by BJP MLA from Alwar on 2 January stated that Muslims are having more children to outnumber Hindus and take over the country. Agrarian discontent will also be a worry for BJP, since the farmer protest of Mandsaur, MP soon spread to Rajasthan as farmers sought higher MSPs and loan waiver. However, the state government in September announced a Rs 60,000 crore farm loan waiver, which may douse some of the anger.
People have immense trust in Modi and I guess they would vote for BJP and not the Congress.
Whatever the exit polls say which comprise few thousand samples i think BJP would manage 110 seats due to Modi’s fame and congress would find it hard to cross 80 seats .
Rest time will tell. Vote Wisely.
Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana – The Medical Boon for Rajesthan
Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana is a scheme aimed at offering IPD patients with access to cashless facility. It is a budget declaration for the financial year 2014-15 and is only open to people from Rajasthan. All families covered under the RSBY (Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana) and NFSA (National Food Security Act) can avail this scheme. The premium payments for each family are fixed and must be made on an annual basis on floater policy.
Check Your Eligibility
The insurer for the scheme is chosen via open competitive public sector insurance company and a two-stage bidding process. The insurer chosen by the scheme is the New India Assurance Company as it offers the most attractive rates across the country for a scheme possessing the most comprehensive features.
Features of Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana:
The main objective of the scheme is to improve health indicators.
The scheme offered reduction in additional expenses whilst offering financial cover to customers against illnesses.
Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana aims to reduce the financial risk of surplus expenditure on healthcare by making use of insurance as a solution.
The scheme aims at squashing the government’s vision of minimum government and maximum governance.
The scheme aims at creating a large health database that can be used in the future during policy level decisions / changes.
The scheme aims at bringing about a revolution in healthcare in rural regions by encouraging the private sector to start providing hospitalization services whilst lowering the rising concerns on government facilities.
Benefits of Bhamashah Health Insurance:
Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana offers benefits to beneficiaries of the National Food Security Scheme and beneficiaries of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana. The scheme is expected to be implemented via Bhamashah Cards. However, identity related to Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and the National Food Security Scheme must also be honored until the issuance of Bhamashah cards. Following are the key benefits offered by Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana:
In-house claims processing software and standardized and transparent grading criteria for hospitals.
Verified and well-defined medical protocols.
Mobile application for the monitoring of all government officials in the district.
Removal of TPA and effective monitoring mechanism for the prevention of cost escalation and leakages.
Immediate reduction on government health institutions.
Opportunity for poor people to approach private health institutions for health services.
Financial improvement of Medicare Relief Societies of Government Health Institutions.
Health Insurance Cover for general illnesses Rs.30, 000
Critical Illness Cover Rs.3 lacs
Pre-hospitalisation expenses Cover for seven days
Post-hospitalisation expenses Cover for 15 days
Transport allowance for polytrauma and cardiac cases Rs.100 to Rs.500
Patients will also receive 1045 packages to choose from under General Illnesses, 170 packages for government hospitals, and 500 packages under Critical Illnesses. These cashless benefits and services will be provided via empanelled private health institutions and public health institutions.
The package costs include bed charges, consultant fees such as surgeons’ and anaesthetists’ charges, boarding and nursing charges, blood, consumables, implants, anaesthesia, medicines, implants, cost of pathological diagnostic and radiological tests such as x-ray, urine and blood, transportation allowance for cardiac and polytrauma cases, and food for beneficiary during hospital admission.
How to Apply for Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana?
The authority issuing Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana selects applicants based on a two-stage bidding process. The Qualification Stage is the first stage of the process and includes prequalification of interested individuals according to the provisions of the Request for Quotation (RFQ). Once the Qualification Stage is complete, the applicants short-listed by the issuing authority will gain eligibility to participating in the Bid Stage, which is the next stage of the bidding process involving the Request for Proposal.
Guidelines have been issued by the Indian government regarding the qualification of bidders interested in acquiring stakes in companies or firms from the public sector via disinvestment. The issuing authority reserves the right to disqualify any applicant if they do not comply with the guidelines at any step of the Bidding Process.
Should an applicant satisfy all guidelines and qualify to bid, he / she must provide the issuing authority with an undertaking regarding the same in the Appendix-I form. During the second stage, the short-listed applicants will be requested to furnish their bids (financial offers) based on the terms and conditions specified within the Bidding Documents. The validity of the bid will extend to a minimum period of 120 days from the Bid Due Date.
The proposal and bidding documents furnished by the applicant shall be part of the scheme’s draft insurance agreement. Any other documents issued after the RFP documents shall also be part of the bidding documents.
At the second stage, bidders can carefully scrutinise the scheme if they wish to carry out any studies prior to the submission of bids to acquire the insurance. The coverage mentioned in the bid document will be provided by Public Sector Insurance Companies for the premium amount according to which bids are invited. In this RFP, “Highest Bidder” refers to the applicant offering the lowest premium. The terms and conditions of the scheme, such as tenure and other details, will be pre-determined and mentioned in the draft insurance agreement.
This scheme has been started by the Government of Vasundhara Raje. This scheme is only for the people of Rajasthan.
The scheme will be cached-free treatment of eligible families in government and some selected private hospitals. This will provide health services to all members of the family. In this scheme, every eligible family is getting 30 thousand rupees for general illnesses and health insurance cover of Rs 3 lakh for serious diseases every year. In this scheme 1715 diseases have been covered under insurance cover.
This scheme is better than the insurance scheme being run in the states and states. Only in the scheme that was already available in the state of Rajasthan, only medicines and checks got cashless, but now in Bhamashah Health Insurance scheme, check, treatment, doctor’s fees, operation Etc. All have been included. This scheme will help the poor and poor families of the state to get their treatment so that they can get their treatment.
Why Vasundhara Raje deserves to be CM of Rajesthan Again?
Are the people in Rajasthan satisfied with the performance of Vasundhara Raje?
We Indians love to Judge. Just because she belongs to a Royal family does not mean that she does not care or does not work. But our typical mentality restricts us to the thought that “Maharani hai, kaam thodi karegi”
Rajasthan has been the 1st state to ratify all major reforms made by Central Government.
In this tenure she has been more hard working than ever before.
Look at the kind of Schemes Raje Government has come up with. Other States are not even close to the kind of work the government of Rajasthan is doing.
Yes, the changes brought in force by the State Government do take time to reflect on ground level.
This time Rajesthan need a period of stability of 10 years for government policies to be effective.
If you will take examples of Gujarat. Gujarat trusted Modi for 13 years! We all know how critical 2002 and 2003 were for Modi. But he did not lose focus and nor did people of Gujarat lost trust in him.
People need a same case for Rajasthan. This government is cracking down on corruption with its various ACB arrests and raids. The Raje Government is focused on Development and there have been no frauds/scams till now. I trust in this government and this leader.
One of the best administrators India has seen. CM Raje had handled 16 Central Ministries during Atal ji’s government.
She is educated, experienced and a sharp leader.
Jal Sawalamban, Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana, Resurgent Rajasthan, Sadak Yojana and so many more effective schemes.
Look at the road connectivity in Rajasthan Today.
Tourism in Rajasthan is at its peak and so is the cycle of investment.
Trust her, Trust BJP and you will definitely see the change from the grass root level till the top.