- A large part of the PM’s speech focused on the government drive to tackle corruption.
- Modi also referred to the functioning of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team to crack down on black money.
- New schemes to link all public and private investments to additional creation of jobs and the formation of a new department for farmers welfare are two key economic policy initiatives, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The new schemes would be comparable to the earlier policy of allowing imports on concessional terms provided importers committed to fulfilling specific export obligations within a time frame.
- He said that the government accepted the principle of one rank one pension represented no major forward movement, but failed to dispel the uncertainty over the extent of the damage it would cause to government finances.
- Listing out government’s other initiatives to make India free from corruption, Modi said the government had managed to eliminate middlemen and brokers by opting for auctions for coal mining and FM radio licences.
- The use of the direct benefits transfer scheme and Aadhaar, the biometrics based identity verification system, had also helped the government to plug leakages and eliminate corruption, he said.
- Modi promised the nation to build more toilets and make the campaign for a clean India a success.
- He devoted some attention to the development needs of Eastern Indi.