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MODI DRAWS ROAD MAP FOR NEW GOVERNMENT.

A RMED with a 10-point programme and a 100-day schedule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday instructed his Council of Ministers get cracking and bring confidence the economy. Even as most of the ministers were still settling down in their new roles and seeking extensive briefings from officials, Modi sought a definite delivery road map from his colleagues.

He issued 10 broad commandments for his government with a focus on giving a free hand to bureaucrats and welcoming innovative ideas.

His government's priorities will be transparency in governance through e-auction.

The specific areas of stress will be education, health, water, energy and roads.

Modi gave an assurance that the government would provide a people-oriented policy, infrastructure development, inter-ministerial harmony, remove economic concerns and provide stability and sustainability in policies.

Deadline set

He set a 100-day deadline for Cabinet ministers to deliver on the immediate agenda. "The PM has given guidelines to all ministers to have their own timetable on priorities in each ministry for the first 100 days," tweeted Venkaiah Naidu, minister for urban development and poverty alleviation.

Modi will communicate directly with people to explain his 10 priorities through an address to the nation, expected after a brief Parliament session from June 4 to 11.

The government's vision would also be reflected in President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the joint session of Parliament.

The MPs will elect the Lok Sabha Speaker and hold discussions on the President's address during the week-long session. A longer session will be convened in July for presenting the government's first Budget.

The 10 commandments have specific targets aimed at kick-starting the stalled economic progress. Bureaucrats will be an integral part of the process as ministers have been asked to welcome innovative ideas.

The priority areas have the imprint of Modi's personal style of working. His stress on e-governance is expected to help various ministries.

The investment atmosphere will be relaxed.

The direct fallout of the policy will be raising caps on Foreign Direct Investment in several sectors. This means good news for railways, media, e-commerce and defence.

The optimum use of natural resources is also central to this policy. There have been grave anomalies in handling of distribution natural resources under the UPA government, leading to the coal scam.

Infrastructure and investment reforms have been a long-pending demand. The 10 commandments are expected to remove the policy logjam that became the hallmark of the UPA government.

MODI RETAINS VARANASI SEAT

By Piyush Srivastava Lucknow PRIME Minister Narendra Modi, who had won from both Varanasi and Vadodara, on Thursday announced his decision to represent the temple town the Lok Sabha.

Modi also thanked the people of Vadodara and assured them that he would "leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Vadodara's development scales newer heights in the years to come." "I will represent Varanasi Lok Sabha & I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to serve Ganga M & work for Varanasi's development," Modi posted on Twitter.

Sources in the BJP told M AIL MAIL TODAY that a section of party leaders from Varanasi had managed to get Modi's word before he became the PM that he would open an office in the town and appoint a senior officer and a political representative the and on "that he MODI VARANASI

representative to look after the problems of the people and inform him every detail on a day-to-day basis.

"It was with this promise that made him declare that he would retain Varanasi.

He has already started working on the clean Ganga plan and improving the lives of the weavers. He has sanctioned Rs 18 crore as an initial amount to repair the steps of the ghats," a statelevel Firoz as election Modi, Thursday communicated keen discuss statelevel BJP leader said.

The claim of the BJP leader was further substantiated when Shyam Sundar and Firoz Khan, who had worked election campaigners of Modi, met some weavers on Thursday and communicated that the new PM was keen to meet them and discuss their problems.

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