The opposition is alleging that the budget presented is short-sighted and just for elections but the Modi government is saying that they are planning for as far as 2030 and have a vision for it.
The government used to say that India will become a ‘Vishva Guru’ by 2020. Seems like the goal is has shifted a decade further. Nevertheless, Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced the government’s planned ten dimensions of ‘Vision 2030’.
Here are the ten dimensions as described in the speech of Piyush Goyal in verbatim:
1. The First Dimension of this Vision will be to build physical as well as social infrastructure for a ten trillion dollar economy and to provide ease of living. It will comprise next-generation infrastructure of roads, railways, seaports, airports, urban transport, gas and electric transmission and inland waterways. On the social infrastructure side, every family will have a roof on its head and will live in a healthy, clean and wholesome environment. We will also build quality, a science-oriented educational system with Institutes of excellence providing leadership at the top.
2. The Second Dimension of our Vision is to create a Digital India reaching every sector of the economy, every corner of the country and impacting the lives of all Indians. Digital Infrastructure and digital economy of 2030 will be built upon the successes achieved in recent years in digitisation of government processes and private transactions. Our youth will lead us in this endeavour with innumerable start-ups creating digital India, and millions of jobs in this eco-system.
3. Making India a pollution free nation with green Mother Earth and blue skies are the Third Dimension of our Vision. This India will drive on electric vehicles with renewables becoming a major source of energy supply. India will lead the world in the transport revolution through electric vehicles and energy storage devices, bringing down import-dependence and ensuring energy security for our people.
4. Expanding rural industrialisation using modern digital technologies to generate massive employment is the Fourth Dimension of our Vision. This will be built upon the Make in India approach to developing grass-roots level clusters, structures and mechanisms encompassing the MSMEs [micro, small and medium enterprises], village industries and start-ups spread in every nook and corner of the country. India is now on the way to becoming a global manufacturing hub in various sectors including automobiles and electronics, defence and medical devices.
5. Our rivers and water bodies are our life-supporting assets. Our government has worked vigorously for cleaning River Ganga. The fifth Dimension of our Vision for India of 2030 is Clean Rivers, with safe drinking water to all Indians, sustaining and nourishing life and efficient use of water in irrigation using micro-irrigation techniques.
6. India’s long coastline has the potential of becoming the strength of the economy, particularly through the exploitation of the Blue Economy, to ensure better standards and quality of life for a large number of people living in the coastal areas. Our efforts in the Sagarmala programme will be scaled up and we will develop other inland waterways faster. Our coastline and our ocean waters powering India’s development and growth is the Sixth Dimension of our Vision.
7. The Seventh Dimension of our Vision aims at the outer skies. Our space programme – Gaganyaan, India becoming the launch-pad of satellites for the World and placing an Indian astronaut into space by 2022 reflect this dimension of our vision.
8. Making India self-sufficient in food, exporting to the world to meet their food needs and producing food in the most organic way is the Eighth Dimension of our Vision. High farm production and productivity will be achieved through modern agricultural practices and value addition. An integrated approach towards agro and food processing, preservation, packaging and maintenance of the cold chain will be our focus of attention.
9. A healthy India is the Ninth Dimension of our Vision. We will be aiming at a healthy society with an environment of health assurance and the support of necessary health infrastructure. Our Government has rolled out the Ayushman Bharat scheme. By 2030, we will work towards a distress-free health care and a functional and comprehensive wellness system for all. Such a healthy India built with the participation of women having equal rights and concern for their safety and empowerment.
10. Our vision can be delivered by Team India - our employees working together with the elected Government, transforming India into a Minimum Government Maximum Governance nation. This is the Tenth Dimension. Our India of 2030 will have a proactive and responsible bureaucracy which will be viewed as friendly to people.