Highlights of President’s address
- New MPs represent hopes, aspirations and dreams of the people

- We express solidarity with the families of those who lost their lives during the election

- Electorate cast aside boundaries of caste, creed, region and religion and voted for development, good governance and stability

- 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat', says President, tells MPs that greatest challenge is to end the curse of poverty

- Containing food inflation will be the topmost priority of the government

- Government will try to end rural-urban divide and is committed to reverse trend of hopelessness among farmers that leads to suicides

- Each drop of water is precious. Government is committed to provide water security and will launch Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana

- We will set up IITs and IIMs in every state

- Sports will be popularized. Government will launch National Sports Talent Search System

- Government will have a policy of 'zero tolerance' for violence against women; government will strengthen criminal justice system

- Government will formulate a new health policy and roll out a national health insurance mission

- Government will give 33 percent reservation to women in Parliament and legislative assemblies

- Sensitivity to security concerns and end to export of terrorism to neighbours is needed for stability in the region

- Government committed to making all minorities equal partners in India's progress; government will initiate madrassa modernization programme

- Will further work together with South Asian leaders to revitalize SAARC as an effective instrument for regional cooperation

- Government will never shy away from raising issues of concern to India at a bilateral level

- Government will launch a diamond quadrilateral project of high-speed trains

- Government is determined to rid the country of the scourge of corruption and menace of black money

- Country passing through extremely difficult phase on economic front; putting economy back on track is paramount for government

- Government will create a policy environment which is predictable, transparent and fair; will make every effort to introduce GST

- Low cost airports will be developed to promote air connectivity to smaller towns; a port-led development model will be evolved

- Government will strive to move towards a single-window system of clearances both at Centre and states

- Reforms will be undertaken to enhance the ease of doing business; government will encourage investments including FDI

- International civil nuclear agreements will be operationalised and nuclear power projects developed

Earlier, Mukherjee travelled in a black limousine, with red and white liveried guards on horseback accompanying him, to the Parliament.

(JPN)

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