Narendra Modi’s foremost agenda gets reflected in book, Getting India Back on Track

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching Getting India Back on Track- an Action Agenda for Reform in New Delhi on June 8, 2014.

Bringing country back on track is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s immediate priority. He said this while launching a book - Getting India Back on track – an Action Agenda for Reform in New Delhi on June 8. The book broadly focusses on the agenda that the next Government should pursue in order to return the country to a path of high growth. It offers policymakers and the general reader, a clear road map for India’s future. It comprises analysis and essays from some of India’s most accomplished economists on revitalising nation’s growth engine thereby enhancing its global influence.

While launching the book, Narendra Modi said, “The book offers a timely glimpse into how policy making in the country needs to evolve with the times,” adding that “policy making should have all ingredients and inputs specially from universities and intellectual think tanks, which will further help in developing policy frameworks.” Underlining the need for better long-term planning, Narendra Modi said, “Universities should be actively involved in research and analysis of the developmental process, so that they can contribute in the best possible way for policy-related decisions.”

Prime Minister also unveiled his futuristic vision by stating that infrastructure focus needs to shift from highways to “information highways which he says are I-ways.” Stressing on the need for building better optical fibre networks, he said while cities in the past were built on river-banks, they will now be built based on availability of optical-fibre networks and next-generation infrastructure.

The Prime Minister said that he wants India to treat urbanisation as an opportunity and not a problem, and if we have to generate employment and change for better, then we will have to plan to build 100 smart cities. Citing National Flag and its three colours as an example for revolutionary agendas of futuristic growth, he said, “The Green colour stands for Green revolution, which will completely focus on increased agro-productivity, value addition, agro-technology, and decentralisation of warehousing. Speaking about the ‘White’ colour, he said a white revolution must  focus on increasing milk productivity, and developing a support system for ensuring cattle health. The Prime Minister said, the colour saffron represents energy – and we need a saffron revolution that focusses on renewable energy sources, including solar energy, to meet country’ growing energy demand. Inspired by the blue colour of the Ashok Chakra in the National Flag, he said the blue revolution should focus on the fisheries sector, including ornamental fish.

He also stressed on the need for water conservation, simultaneously emphasising on the importance of micro-irrigation, which would lead to “per drop, more crop.” He said that micro-irrigation had been successful in improving quantity and quality of crops like sugarcane in Gujarat. The Prime Minister also said that the book explains what path India should follow to get the economic growth back on the track. Speaking on the need to combat the challenge of global warming and climate change, the Prime Minister said that a civilisation that treated rivers as mothers, did not need to learn about environment protection from a Western mindset. Overall, his speech gave insights into how India’s economic policymaking is set to undergo a much needed change with a promise for bigger and better opportunities for fellow citizens.

 

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