March 25, 1998
YEH HAI INDIA!
'No child will go to sleep hungry'
Highlights of President K R Narayanan's address to Parliament:
The government will formulate a national population policy with
an aim to stabilise population growth.
The government will introduce a national charter for children,
which will ensure that no child goes to sleep hungry.
The pending legislation seeking to reserve 33 per cent seats for
women in Parliament and state assemblies will be taken up
The government will set up two separate development banks for
women entrepreneurs as well as for small-scale industries sector.
The government will pursue to achieve a high GDP growth of seven
to eight per cent.
The government will evolve policies to accelerate the construction
of housing activities with active participation of private sector.
Measures would be taken to enhance investments in infrastructure
Foreign direct investment will be encouraged in the core sector of
economy and in physical infrastructure development.
An appropriate policy framework will be evolve for facilitating
the growth of SSI sector.
The government will introduce effective crop insurance policies
to provide a cushion farmers from unforeseen natural calamities.
A new national media policy would be evolve keeping in view of
social needs and cultural values.
The government proposes to appoint a commission to review the
Constitution and make recommendations .
The government proposes to make all persons, who hold public
office accountable by enacting the Lok Pal bill.
The Official Secrets Act will be reviewed.
A comprehensive electoral reforms bill will be introduced to check
corruption and corrosion of values in politics.
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