Modi's Vision for India

The first session of the 16th Lok Sabha began with the President laying out the vision of the new government for the country
Hardnews Bureau Delhi 

On Monday, June 9 2014, the President of India Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Parliament, and laid out the plans and vision that the new government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has for India. Notably, today was the inaugural session of the 16th Lok Sabha. The President in his address underlined the need for quick recovery from the economic crisis that had befallen the country. He outlined Modi's vision for putting the country back on the economic track. 

Following is a condensed version of some of the important points in the vision document:

1) Containing food inflation will be the top most priority for the government.

2) Increasing investment in Agriculture

3) Water security for all and linking of the rivers.

4) Setting up IITs and IIMs in every state.

5) Holistic healthcare, with an institute like AIIMS likely to be set up in every state.

6) For ensuring hygiene, waste management and sanitation, a Swachh Bharat Mission.

7) Welfare and rehabilitation of specially-abled people

8) Commitment to providing 33 per cent Reservation to women in Parliament and State Assemblies

9) Special emphasis on developing the Northeastern states, and integration of Kashmiri Pandits in J&K

10) Massive outlays for E-governance. Broadband connectivity at the village level. Integrating every school on a e-highway grid

11) Ensuring speedy delivery of justice by improving the operational efficiency of the judiciary, and clear huge backlogs of cases

Long-term goals include

1) Promoting labour-intensive manufacturing hubs

2) World class investment and dedicated industrial regions. Dedicated Freight corridors and industrial corridors

3) Expanding the Indian Railways, introducing PPP models, building high-speed rails and Agri-Rail networks

4) Augment electricity and energy production and initiate reforms in the coal sector

5) Building 100 cities with specialised domains and factoring in the massive burgeoning of the urban population

Though these aims look commendable on paper, it will be a challenge for the new government to take on these tasks simply because of the monumental scale of the projects. But with a majority party in power, and in the absence of bickering coalition partners, the task could come relatively easier for the BJP.