In Nov 2006 the film was screened in New Delhi for the Planning Commission of India and DVD’s were distributed in the PMO’s office and other Govt departments.
Based on the films recommendations the Govt triggered initiatives that are benefiting millions of poor people in India.
Mission Mode implementation
On 11th Jan 2007, just 6 weeks after the films screening in New Delhi, the Prime Minister of India Dr.Manmohan Singh for the first time in the history of India announced the concept of “Safety Net” as recommended in the film. (Times of India clippings below)
The ‘safety net’ and ALL other recommendations in the film were announced, laws legislated and implemented on a mission mode (see newspaper clippings below)
(1) Social Security for unorganized sector – Bill passed in Parliament for “The unorganized sector workers social security bill 2007. Around 30 Crore (300 million) agricultural laborers and workers from the unorganized sector stand to benefit from this bill.
(2) Free Health care package for old age person and BPL – Old persons Bill (by the Ministry of Social Justice and welfare) – 7.6 crores (76 million) old people and widows stand to benefit from this bill.
(3) Life and disability cover– estimated 30 crore (300 million) people stand to benefit from this bill
(4) Unemployment insurance and employment guarantee on the lines of facilities provide by USA and other European countries
(12) Policy Directions 2009 – of UPA Govt after winning the elections with a majority.
“Unconstrained by its previous alliance with leftist parties, Singh’s new government had a freer hand to implement economic liberalization measures to drive growth, but instead focused its budget on rural development and support of social programmes.” (Times of India)