In his address to the joint sitting of Parliament, President Mukherjee said, “India has a vast untapped potential for tourism which can play a special role in our socio-economic progress. The government will initiate a mission mode project to create 50 tourist circuits that are built around specific themes.”

President Mukherjee said the government strongly believes that environmental conservation can go hand in hand with development.

“To achieve this, environment and forest clearance systems will be made more predictable, transparent and time-bound. Simultaneously, an effective system will be developed for sound appraisal processes and strict compliance of clearance conditions, especially those relating to rehabilitation of displaced communities and regeneration of forests.

Cleaner fuels will be promoted to bring down pollution levels in our cities,” said President Mukherjee.

“The government will earnestly take up mitigation works to meet the challenges posed by climate change and will closely work with the global community in this regard.

Conservation of Himalayan ecology will be a priority area for my government. A National Mission on Himalayas will be launched,” he added.

Asserting that serious concerns have been expressed regarding use of discretionary powers in allocation of our precious natural resources in the past, he said, “The government will formulate clear and transparent policies on allocation of critical natural resources such as coal, minerals and spectrum.”

President Mukherjee said, “River Ganga is a part of our rich cultural heritage, a symbol of faith and the lifeline for millions. However, Ganga continues to remain polluted with many stretches of the river becoming dry in lean season. My government will take all necessary steps to ensure a perennial, clean and pristine Ganga.”

“Our rich cultural heritage is the very foundation on which rests the unity of our diverse nation,” he added.

The President said Indian languages are repositories of our rich literature, history, culture, art and other achievements.

“My government will launch a national mission “e-Bhasha” that will develop digital vernacular content and disseminate our classic literature in different languages. My government will also provide the required resources for the maintenance and restoration of national heritage sites,” he added.

President Mukherjee further said the government recognises the central role of Science and Technology in raising the quality of life.

“It will encourage and incentivise private sector investments, both domestic and foreign, in science and technology and in high-end research aimed at nurturing innovation. My government will build world class research centres in the fields of nanotechnology, material sciences, thorium technology, brain research, stem cells, etc.,” said President Mukherjee.

“The government will also establish institutes of Technology for Rural Development and a Central University of Himalayan Studies,” he added.


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