PM addresses Hindustan Times Leadership Summit

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, delivered inaugural address at the 17th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi today.

Prime Minister said, for any society, any country to progress, conversations are important. Conversations lay foundation for a better future, he added.  Prime Minister asserted that Government is working on present challenges and problems with the mantra of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas”.

Enumerating several decisions taken by the government, Prime Minister said abrogation of Article 370 gave a new ray of hope to the people of J&K and Laddakh. Muslim women are now free from the practice of Triple Talaq, decision on Illegal colonies has benefited 40 lakh. Prime Minister said several such decisions were taken for a better tomorrow, for a New India.

Prime Minister said Government is now focusing on districts which were lagging behind in many indicators of health, sanitation and infrastructure. He said 112 districts are being developed as Aspirational districts, with a focus on every parameter of development and governance. He added Government is undertaking real time monitoring on various parameters be it malnutrition, access to banking facilities, insurance, electricity and other in these districts.  Better future of these 112 districts will ensure better future for the country, he added.

He mentioned about Jal Jeevan Mission, and said Government is connecting 15 crore households with piped water supply. Prime Minister said Government is committed to making India a $5 trillion economy, and is working as an enabler, facilitator and promoter to achieve this target.

Prime Minister said several economic reforms such as historic Bank Merger, codifying of labour laws, recapitalization of Banks, reduction in corporate tax were undertaken.  He mentioned that India is among the best performers in Ease of Doing Business ranking. India has improved 79 ranks over the past 5 years, he noted.  He also spoke about special Rs. 25000 crore fund created for funding the stalled housing projects. He said government is also starting Rs.100 lakh crore worth infrastructure projects.

Prime Minister mentioned that India ranks 34th in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. He noted that increase in tourism activities leads to creation of job opportunities, particularly for the poor.   He spoke about the various initiatives being taken to transform the Human resource. Government is working with an outcome based, result oriented approach and focusing on the timed bound delivery of work, he added. Prime Minister said, roadmap of the Government is, “Right Intention, Best Technology and Effective Implementation for Better Future of 130 Crore Indians”.