President`s speech in Parliament: 2014 vs 2009 vs 2004

A comparison between the Presidential speeches in Parliament in 2014, 2009 and 2004.

Key highlights of President’s address to first joint sitting of the Parliament (2004,2009 and 2014)

Date of Address

09-Jun-14 (President Pranab Mukherjee)

04-Jun-09 (President Pratibha Patil)

07-Jun-04 (President APJ Abdul Kalam)

Key Highlights

• Containing inflation is the top most priority of my government
• The greatest challenge is to end the curse of poverty
• Water conservation will be one of the priorities for this government: Each drop of water is precious. Govt is committed to provide water security and will launch Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
• Sports will be popularised. Government will launch National Sports Talent Search System
• The government will work towards modernising the madrasa
•Set up IITs and IIMs in every state
• Govt will try to end rural-urban divide and is committed to reverse trend of hopelessness among farmers that leads to suicides
• Govt will have a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for violence against women; govt will strengthen criminal justice system
• Govt will give 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and legislative assemblies
• Sensitivity to security concerns and end to export of terrorism to neighbours is needed for stability in the region
• Govt is determined to rid the country of the scourge of corruption and menace of black money
• Low cost airports will be developed to promote air connectivity to smaller towns; a port-led development model will be evolved
• Effort to introduce GST
• Govt will launch a diamond quadrilateral project of high-speed trains
• Govt will strive to move towards a single-window system of clearances both at Centre and states
• Reforms will be undertaken to enhance the ease of doing business; govt will encourage investments including FDI
• International civil nuclear agreements will be operationalised and nuclear power projects developed

• Internal security and preservation of communal harmony
• Stepping up of economic growth in agriculture, manufacturing and services
• Consolidation of the existing flagship programmes for employment, education, health, rural infrastructure, urban renewal and introduction of new flagship programmes for food security and skill development
• Concerted action for the welfare of women, youth, children, other backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, minorities, the differently-abled and the elderly along with strengthened social protection
• Governance reform
• Creation and modernization of infrastructure and capacity addition in key sectors
• Prudent fiscal management;
• Energy security and environment protection;
• Constructive and creative engagement with the world
• Promotion of a culture of enterprise and innovation.

• The Government would earmark at least one-third of funds flowing into panchayats for programmes relating to the development of women and children.
•To introduce legislation for one-third reservation for women in the Assemblies and the Lok Sabha
• Will guarantee employment for 100 days in a year to at least one able-bodied person in each rural household. A National Employment Guarantee Act will be legislated soon.
• Over the next five years, the Government is committed to increase the public spending on health to at least 2-3 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and another six per cent of the GDP on education.
•Will strengthen the public distribution system particularly in the poorest and backward blocks of the country and also involve women and ex-servicemen`s co-operatives in its management at the local level.
•Will launch a comprehensive programme of urban renewal and expansion of social housing in towns and cities.

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