New laws, new tax regime: PM Modi lists what’s changed after 2014

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke at length about the changes that his government has brought to the country after it came to power in 2014. Some of these changes include the abolition of colonial-era criminal laws, reduced income tax slab, the launch of new ministries and development in the Northeast.

He was speaking at the India Today Conclave 2024 which was held ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Here is what has changed after 2014 according to PM Modi:

  • Change of colonial-era penal laws to make them more “justice-centric”.

    PM Modi said, “In the last 10 years, our government has abolished more than 1,500 old laws. Many of these laws were made during the British era and were continuing as such.”

    The old laws had punishment at its core and not justice, he added.

  • Changing the income tax slabs in the new tax regime.

    “In 2014, people had to give tax on an annual salary of Rs 2 lakh. Today, people with Rs 7 lakh annual income don’t have to pay even a single rupee,” said PM Modi.

    The average time for income tax refunds has been reduced from 93 days before 2014 to less than 10 days now, he added.

  • Introduction of new ministries for skill development, animal husbandry and fisheries, and the cooperative sector.

    “For the first time after independence, a major campaign for skill development of lakhs of youth was launched in the country,” said PM Modi.

    He added that fish production has doubled and cattle herders and fishermen were given Kisaan credit cards.

    With the creation of the cooperative ministry, the work of computerisation of 60 thousand packs was completed.

    “This ministry started the world’s largest storage scheme,” said the Prime Minister.

  • Aspirational district program to develop backward districts.

    PM Modi said as soon as his government was formed, a campaign was launched for the development of more than 100 backward districts of the country. “Today, these districts have gone ahead of other districts in many parameters,” he said.

    This success is now being taken to the block level, he added.

  • Ease of living, which includes the transfer of facilities online.

    “I can claim that you would not have heard words like ‘Ease of Living’ during the times of previous governments. After all, how could a government with an indifferent attitude pay attention to the ‘Ease of Living’ of the citizens?” said PM Modi.

    He added that earlier, those who were powerful became entitled to the facilities and the common man had to bear the cost.

  • Faster processing of passports and toll plaza waiting time.

    According to PM Modi, before 2014 the process to get a passport took took 50 days people had to pay bribes. “Today, you can get passport delivered to your home in five to six days,” he added.

    He further said that before 2014, there were just 77 passport centres in the whole country and the number increased to 500 today.

    PM Modi also said the average waiting time at toll plazas was reduced to 30 to 40 seconds from 12 minutes before.

  • Development of Northeast states

    PM Modi said the northeastern states were among the areas which received the least attention from the previous governments. However, after 2014, he decided that stakeholders will visit these states every 15 days, he added.

    He also said that after 2014, ministers in his Cabinet have visited the northeastern states 680 times.

    “I, as the Prime Minister, have visited the northeastern states more than combined tours done by all other Prime Ministers of the country,” he added.

  • Launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat scheme

    The scheme is saving more than Rs 60 thousand crore of poor people every year, said PM Modi citing a study.

    Further, due to the Ayushman Bharat scheme the poor have been saved from spending Rs 1 lakh crore, said the Prime Minister.

    “Our government provides medicines at 80 percent discount at Jan Aushadhi centres. Because of this, Rs 30 thousand crores have been saved from being spent by the poor,” he added.

  • From ‘last village’ to ‘first village’

    PM Modi said he changed the mindset of the people by changing the terms used for areas which are at the borders. “Those which were called last village I said they are India’s first village,” said PM Modi. The same change was made for “backward districts” to “aspirational districts”, he added.

  • Properties attached by Enforcement Directorate

    “Till 2014, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached properties worth around Rs 5,000 crore. But during the last 10 years, this number stood at more than Rs. 1,00,000 crore,” said PM Modi.

    The number of cases of prosecution and complaints also rose by 10 times than what it was before 2014. This implies the transparency with which India is moving ahead today,” he added.

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chingkheinganbi mayengbam

Published On:

Mar 17, 2024

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