New Delhi: The
government today unveiled a blueprint for guaranteeing internal and
external security and economic and livelihood security as it expressed
confidence that it would steer the country back to the high growth
trajectory of eight to nine per cent.
With the government's image
taking a knock on account of a number of scams, President Pratibha Patil
listed a number of measures and said together these had the potential of
bringing about a transformational change in curbing corruption and
enhancing transparency and accountability in governance.
could be her last address to Parliament's joint sitting, the President
came out with the government's plan of action for the coming fiscal in
which she expressed the government's commitment to resolve all outstanding
issues with Pakistan through dialogue.
But she asked Pakistan to
take credible action against terrorist groups and related infrastructure
on its soil. The President also supported the National Intelligence Grid
and the National Counter Terrorism Centre which she said aimed to improve
India's capability to counter internal security threats.
on the five “important challenges” the government faces today, Patil
said the government will work to guarantee internal and external security
within the framework of a “just, plural, secular and inclusive”
democracy. It will also strive for livelihood security for the vast
majority of the population and continue to work for removal of poverty,
hunger and illiteracy, she said.
Mrs Patil said the government
would work to achieve economic security through rapid and broad-based
development and creation of productive jobs and ensure energy security for
our rapid growth. She said the government would also strive to realise
developmental goals without jeopardising ecological and environmental
Touching on economy, she said the current year has been
a difficult one for world economy and uncertainties have had an adverse
impact across the globe. “There is increased political uncertainty
and turbulence in the international system and the environment in which we
operate has become more challenging over the last one year.
economy grew at a handsome rate of 8.4 per cent in 2010-11, but it has
slowed down to about 7 per cent this year. This remains a healthy growth
given current global trends,” Mrs Patil said.
the long-term fundamentals of the Indian economy remained robust, she said
India's growth prospects arise from factors such as high domestic savings
and investment rates, favourable demographics, and a stable democratic
polity. “My government is confident that it will soon steer the country
back to the high growth trajectory of 8 to 9 per cent,” she said.
that the government had remained committed to providing an honest and more
efficient government, she said it has taken several further important
steps towards that end.
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