Friday, 15 August 2014

Narendra Modi unveils new ideas, Planning Commission to be scrapped

NEW DELHI: In his maiden speech from Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced disbanding of Planning Commission, a socialist-era vestige, declared his intent to carry the opposition along and called for a moratorium on caste and communal violence.

Less than three months after coming to power, he unveiled his ideas of development and boosting the economy, saying India should become a base for global manufacturing.

He came out with a scheme for financial inclusion of the poor by providing them with bank accounts with built-in insurance of Rs one lakh and announced an 'MP Model Village Scheme' under which each Member of Parliament will adopt one village every year and develop it.

In his 65-minute extempore speech in Hindi on the Independence Day, Modi asked Maoists and terrorists to shun the path of violence and join the national mainstream.

He denounced the growing incidents of rape as well as the practice of female feticide while hailing the role of girls.

The Prime Minister stressed on eliminating the problem of open defecation by providing toilets, including in schools, in which corporates would be involved.

Outlining his economic agenda, he said the Planning Commission, a 64-year-old Soviet style body, will be replaced with a new institution keeping in view the changed economic situation internally and globally.

"If we have to take India forward, then states will have to be taken forward. The importance of federal structure is more today than it was in last 60 years...We will very soon set up a new institution in place of Planning Commission," he said.

Talking about putting in place a new structure soon, Modi said it will bring in creativity besides fresh ideas, thinking and hopes by utilising to the optimum level public-private partnership and youth power. Commission,Narendra Modi



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