President’s speech to parliament: Salient points

Following are some salient points from President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech to the joint session of parliament.

– Government burdened by economic slowdown, security concerns

– India will need to take difficult decisions to revive economic growth

– India’s health infrastructure has improved

– Government has enacted a path-breaking legislation for protection of women and children

– Foodgrain output to be 250 million tonnes

– Judicial accountability bill to be moved in parliament

– First space mission to Mars to be launched this year

– Security situation better in Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast India

– Pakistan, Bangladesh borders to get 509 posts

– Sri Lanka must make efforts to provide Tamil minorities a life of peace, dignity and equality

– Pakistan must desist from actions that create trust deficit

– Interests of overseas Indians will be protected

(IANS)

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