India Elections : President address the Joint Session of 15th Lok Sabha

Following is the text of the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patils address to the Joint Session of 15th Lok Sabha.

The President’s address, extensively worked on by Manmohan Singh, unveils the government’s agenda for the year in tune with the policies and programmes of the ruling Congress party and its allies.

In-line with the Prime Ministers promised 100-day action plan for his government, President Patil out lined the “ten broad areas of priority” for the UPA Government in the next five years.

# Internal security and preservation of communal harmony.

# Stepping up of economic growth in agriculture, manufacturing and services.

# Consolidation of the existing flagship programmes for employment, education, health, rural infrastructure, urban renewal and introduction of new flagship programmes for food security and skill development.

# Concerted action for the welfare of women, youth, children, other backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, minorities, the differently-abled and the elderly along with strengthened social protection.

# Governance reform

# Creation and modernization of infrastructure and capacity addition in key sectors.

# Prudent fiscal management.

# Energy security and environment protection.

# Constructive and creative engagement with the world.

# Promotion of a culture of enterprise and innovation.

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