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Narendra Modi government promises to reboot India

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In its statement of intent, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi set itself an ambitious reform agenda which should please investors, yet retained its political message of inclusion.

Ideology of governance

—Sabka saath, Sabka vikas (with every one, development for all)

—Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat (One India, Supreme India)

—Minimum government, Maximum governance

—A strong, self reliant and self-confident India

Reviving economy

—Curbing food inflation top most priority. Public Distribution System to be reformed

—Goods and Services Tax to be introduced after concerns of states are addressed

—Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to be encouraged in sectors that help create jobs

—Silent on FDI in retail

—Labour-intensive manufacturing to be promoted. Employment exchanges to become career centres

‘Rurban’ initiatives

—Create community assets, improve roads, shelter, power generation and drinking water supply.

—End the rural-urban divide, provide urban amenities to rural areas

—Per drop, More crop: Popularizing micro irrigation

—Launch Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (Prime Minister’s farm irrigation scheme) with the motto of Har Khet Ko Paani (water to every field)

Accent on youth and tapping human resource

—Transition from youth development to youth-led development

—An IIT and IIM in every state

—‘Har Haath Ko Hunar’ (skill in every hand)

—National Education Policy to boost quality, research and innovation in education

Focus on robust infrastructure

—Modernization and revamping of Railways

—A time-bound programme for execution of national highway projects

—Low-cost airports to promote air connectivity to smaller towns

—Modernization of existing ports and development of new world-class ports

New governance paradigm

—Adopt a national land use policy

—E-governance

—Centre and states to function as an organic Team India

—National mission on e-Bhasha (develop digital vernacular content)

Strategic Affairs

—Zero tolerance towards terrorism, extremism, riots and crime

—National Maritime Authority for coastal defence

—Foreign policy to be based on enlightened national interest

—Strengthen ties with all key foreign powers: US, China, Russia, Japan, European Union

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