The right-wing talking heads have put the cost of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's financial inclusion plan at over Rs 100,000 crore. In his maiden Independence Day address to the nation, Modi announced that every household will be brought under banking net and they will also be given an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh.
Far-fetched promises have been made by the successive governments and major political parties to eliminate poverty, end social and gender discrimination and make the society more inclusive. This is the election season and tall promises are made again. Most of the promises related to inclusion have been repeated election-after-election. But the millions of people are left at the margins even after over 70 years of independence, says Gyanendra Keshri