New govt at the Centre will work for development ‘in a resurgent India’: Mukherjee

New govt at the Centre will work for development ‘in a resurgent India’: Mukherjee

NEW DELHI, (SANA): Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has said the new government at the Centre will work for development “in a resurgent India” with zero tolerance for corruption. Unveiling the charter of the new government’s policies in his joint address to the inaugural sitting of the Parliament, he said the new dispensation, with a clear mandate, is committed to fulfill aspirations of the people.

“People have voted for a united, strong and modern India — ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshta Bharat’. My government will work to fulfill these aspirations, with the involvement of all the 125 crore people of this great country,” he said.

On the internal security front, the President said the issue of infiltration and illegal migration in Northeast and J&K will be tackled on priority basis. Special efforts will be made to ensure return of Kashmiri Pandits to the ‘land of their ancestors’ with full dignity, security and assured livelihood.

Interestingly, Mukherjee laid stress on developing state specific models of development contrary to focusing on Gujarat model of development which Prime Minister NarendraModi has been harping on. The models he said will focus on special needs of the particular state.
Mukherjee noted that the just-concluded election has been an election of hope. “The surge in aspirations and the belief that these could be realized through democratic processes, has been amply reflected in the record 66.4% participation by voters and a clear verdict in favor of a single political party after a gap of nearly 30 years. The electorate transcended the boundaries of caste, creed, region and religion to come together and vote decisively in favor of ‘Development through Good Governance’,” he said.

The President said putting the economy back on track is paramount. “The government will put the economy back on a high growth path, rein in inflation, reignite investment, accelerate job creation and restore the confidence of the domestic and international investors. The government will create a policy environment which is predictable, transparent and fair. It will embark on rationalization and simplification of the tax regime to make it non-adversarial and conductive to investment, enterprise and growth,” he said.

“It will make every effort to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) while addressing the concerns of states. Reforms will be undertaken to enhance the ease of doing business. The government will follow a policy of encouraging investments, including through FDI, which will be allowed in sectors that help create jobs and assets,” Mukherjee said.

On foreign policy, the President said while the government was committed to work towards building a peaceful, stable and economically inter-linked neighborhood, “we will never shy away from raising issues of concern at bilateral level.”

“We emphasize that the future of shared prosperity can only be built on the foundation of stability in the region, which requires sensitivity to security concerns and an end to export of terrorism to neighbors.”
On the defence sector, the President said the government will carry out reforms in defence procurement to increase efficiency and economy and encourage domestic industry, including the private sector, to have a larger share in design and production of defence equipment.

Observing that the government would further work together with South Asian leaders to revitalize SAARC as an effective instrument for regional cooperation, the President said, “My government is committed to building a strong, self-reliant and self-confident India, regaining its rightful place in the community of nations.”

The government will also engage with China to develop strategic and cooperative partnership, with Japan on several initiatives including to build modern infrastructure and with Russia to build further on the strategic partnership.

Noting that India and the US had made significant progress in developing strategic partnership, he said, “My government will bring a renewed vigor to our engagement and intensify it in all areas, including trade, investment, science and technology, energy and education.”

Referring to the government’s policy towards minorities, he said that the government will endeavor to make minorities equal partners in India’s progress.

A National Madrassa Modernization Programme will be initiated to provide modern and technical education to Muslims.

In the backdrop of rising incidents of rapes and gang-rapes, President affirmed the government’s commitment to a policy of zero tolerance for violence against women and also resolved to provide them 33 percent reservation in Parliament and state assemblies.

“In the recent past, the country has witnessed some gruesome incidents of violence against women. The government will have a policy of zero tolerance for violence against women and will strengthen the criminal justice system for its effective implementation,” he said.
PTI adds

The NarendraModi government has flagged the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley with “dignity, security and assured livelihood,” an issue on which it will lay special emphasis during its tenure.

“Special efforts will be made to ensure that Kashmiri Pandits return to the land of their ancestors with full dignity, security and assured livelihood,” the President said while outlining the agenda of Modi government for the next five years.

The BJP had mentioned return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants to the Valley in its manifesto.

According to official data, 24,202 families migrated after eruption of militancy in the Valley in 1990. A total number of 38,119 families are registered with the Jammu and Kashmir Revenue and Relief Department till now.

Welcoming the government’s move, Pandit organizations they said it was for the first time that the plight of the displaced community had been flagged by the Central Government as its priority.

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September 2021