Inclusive Growth Top Priority of Government: President

Published: 23rd February 2015 11:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2015 12:14 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee Monday said that inclusive growth was a top priority of the government and it was committed to expand the job market.

"Inclusive growth covering the poorest of poor is the government's top priority," Mukherjee said while addressing the members of two houses of parliament at the start of the budget session.

He said the government was streamlining scholarship schemes concerning the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and minorities to ensure their timely disbursement.

He said the government was fully committed to expand the job market and bring transparency and accountability in enforcing labour related regulations.

Government emphasising on clean energy

The government is emphasising on clean energy and aims to take up the share of clean energy upto 15 percent in next seven years, Mukherjee said Monday.

"The government has emphasis on clean energy," the president said while addressing a joint sitting of both houses on the first day of budget session.

The president said the share of clean energy in the total energy requirement will be increased from current six percent to 15 percent in "next seven years".

He added that the process for 25 mega solar parks has been approved and implementation of green energy corridor has been accelerated.

He added government has made "successful efforts in attracting global investors".

Government committed to enhance ease of doing business

Mukherjee said the government was committed to promote cooperative federalism and end financial "untouchability" to enhance the ease of doing business in India.

Mukherjee said the government was working to ensure "promoting cooperating federalism" and encourage "competitive spirit among the states".

Underscoring the importance of "tapping the demographic dividend", Mukherjee said the government has initiated measures "to stimulate action in a range of fields from sanitation to smart cities, poverty elimination to creation of wealth".

Highlighting the government's achievements so far, the president said the government was working to enhance the ease of doing business in India and put in place a stable policy framework.

He also said the government was working to make India a manufacturing hub by ending financial untouchability as well as containing inflation and stimulate economy.

New tourism policy on anvil

President said that there was enormous potential in the tourism sector and the government will bring out a new tourism policy.

"A new tourism policy is on the anvil," Mukherjee said.

He said that tourist visa on arrival facility has been expanded to 44 countries.

He said infrastructure facilities were being improved at tourist destinations and dedicated trains had been started for some pilgrimage destinations.



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