3 years on, Modi remains people's PM but key issues remain unaddressed


In a response to a congratulatory message on the completion of three years in the government, the Prime Minister tweeted, "Thanks for your wishes".

It will be three years this week since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in the general elections after an energetic campaign led by Narendra Modi.

Unfazed by criticism of the demonetisation move, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said replacing 86% of the currency in circulation with new bank notes. This is up from 38 per cent past year, a substantial rise.

While 43 per cent people last year said that the unemployment rate had not declined, 63 per cent this year felt that joblessness remained as it was earlier.

More than 40,000 respondents in around 200 cities participated in the exercise conducted by the online citizen engagement platform. In comparison to last year's LocalCircles survey, there was a rise of 20 percentage points in people unhappy with the government's efforts at job creation.

39 percent of the people have spoken about their dissatisfaction with the government. Dissatisfaction has also risen - a year ago only 36% citizens said the performance of the government was below expectation.

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If previous year 35% people in 2016 said that unemployment had reduced under the Modi government, "this number was 21%, indicating that an increased percentage of citizens now believe that the government is unable to address unemployment", the report states. "And 60% citizens believe that crime against women and children has not come down, this is up from 38% a year ago, a substantial rise". They believe that though demonetisation may not have reduced corruption, it helped in fighting black money.

Make in India has had a negative impact on Modi's report card. Further, the report finds that 81% citizens - down from 90% last year - "feel that India's image and influence in the world has improved under the leadership of the current government in the last 3 years".

The survey also found that the government has been able to better handle Parliament and opposition benches therein during its third year: 65 per cent said the government has effectively handled Parliament and delivered on key bills, like the one on GST.

About 64 per cent of people supported the Modi government's Pakistan policy in the backdrop of last year's surgical strikes. But before that only 34 per cent approved of the way India handled Pakistan.

Modi said that the programme was an illustration of Indian traditions.