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  1. Four years of NDA: 4 small reforms by Modi that went unnoticed

Four years of NDA: 4 small reforms by Modi that went unnoticed

Four years of Modi government: The Narendra Modi government has kept it simple: Do away with redundant and obsolete laws.

By: | Updated: May 18, 2018 9:03 AM
Four years of Modi government: Small reforms with big impact that went unnoticed The Narendra Modi government has kept it simple: Do away with redundant and obsolete laws. (Image: PTI)

Four years of Modi government: The Narendra Modi government has kept it simple: do away with redundant and obsolete laws. In 2016, the Lok Sabha repealed 1,175 of 1,827 laws that were identified as obsolete, and many other steps were taken to make lives of common people easier. Many of these reforms went unnoticed in the four years of Modi-led NDA government.

Here are some of the small reforms undertaken by Narendra Modi government:

Self-attestation is enough

In 2014, the government decided that there was no need to get documents attested by a gazetted officer or file affidavits for government-related work. After the decision, applicants only need to self-attest the copies of their birth certificates, mark sheets or other documents.

No birth-certificate? But here is your passport

The Modi government did away with birth certificates as a mandatory document for availing passport. The government simplified the 1980 rule of securing passports by Indian citizens. Now Aadhaar and PAN card are among a host of documents that could be used to establish proof of birth.

Tatkal reforms

Indian Railways is the lifeline of the country. About 23 million passengers use the services of Railways every day. One of the most important services is Tatkal booking, which allows people to book tickets for immediate travelling. The government launched Rail Connect app last year to ensure Tatakal booking in less than a minute. Moreover, Tatkal booking timings were changed to facilitate hassle-free booking by reducing the load on the server.

Tax filing made easy

A joint report by World Bank and PwC said that the reforms in the area of paying taxes in 2016 made data gathering increasingly automated. The IT Department started using modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to make the process automated. With the introduction of electronic payments of state insurance contributions and social security contributions, the time required to comply with tax liabilities came down significantly.

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    Balasaheb Kulkarni
    May 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm
    submission of self attested document has given much relief to the students as it was a great task to get certificates attested from class I/II officer. However still many more initiatives are essential to make life smooth in urban and rural areas.
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    1. Shailesh Singh
      May 18, 2018 at 11:07 am
      What you expect when we people pay so much ry to them , you have written article as if they had done favour to us. I will say what they have done 1) Paralyed Delhi govt by misusing LG s power 2)By cheating formed govt in goa, manipur , bihar and now karnatake3)Totally failed to bring down corruption in india , not brought lokpal bill till now what a shame.2019 this govt should go ,but congress should not come to power only AAP should come to power .
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        Sameer
        May 19, 2018 at 7:21 pm
        You dimwit, this article is about the positive aspects which went unnoticed. If you can, argue on the points made, or else shut up.
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          Sachin
          May 21, 2018 at 3:10 am
          Please appreciate what is good, rather than being a blind supporter. I'm sure there are good things AP has done which can be appreciated too.
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          Varinder
          May 18, 2018 at 9:44 am
          Man...hats off to financial express...u guys really know how to do boot licking...democracy is taken for a ride in Karnataka but no word from the godi media outlets....
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            Sameer
            May 19, 2018 at 7:18 pm
            You dimwit, this article is about the positive aspects which went unnoticed. If you can, argue on the points made, or else shut up.
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            Kashinath sahadu hazare
            May 18, 2018 at 8:45 am
            This reforms were ongoing process and it was endorsed in the regme of Mr Modi government however as technology is development is a rapid than the reforms , government is expected to make these kind of Small reforms a event of a day through the year. Mr Modi government is very sluggish on that count. MODI government should concentrate on the major issues such as petroleum products cost arrest and other public oriented cost cutting exercises and keep away from self boasting with out any reason and avoid faking.
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              Vish
              May 18, 2018 at 8:41 am
              Renewal of passports is a matter of minutes now and the passport reaches your home by Speed Post in 72 hours. Filling out forms at Immigration have been done away with which has really simplified travel.
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              1. James Goveas
                May 18, 2018 at 5:55 am
                A number of 'deformation'.though will be felt by generations of even the staunch Modibhakts.
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                  V K Sharma
                  May 18, 2018 at 4:57 am
                  Dispensed with birth certificate and intead submit Adhaar or PAN card, is it simplification?Then Tatkaal booking in Railways is not change of law, it is improvement in procedure which is continuous process in any administration!
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                    Pawan Kumar Pant
                    May 18, 2018 at 11:13 am
                    Million of millions people in this country do not have birth certificate. So changing this process definitely have some meaningful impact.
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