Unveiling the Modi government's agenda for governance, President Pranab Mukherjee in an address to the joint sitting of Parliament said it will take action against hoarding and black marketing and make all efforts to bring back black money stashed abroad. Also, bringing in Goods and Services Tax (GST), speeding up project approvals and coal sector reforms top the agenda.
Noting that the economy is passing through an extremely difficult phase, he said: "We will work together to usher our economy into high growth path, rein in inflation, reignite the investment cycle, accelerate job creation and restore the confidence of domestic as well as international community in our economy."
Referring to the high food inflation, Mukherjee said the new government will give "top most priority" to contain it. The government, he added, will take effective steps to prevent hoarding and black marketing and reform the public distribution system.
He further said the government is alert to the possibility of a subnormal monsoon this year and is in the process of preparing contingency plan to deal with the situation. Referring to the taxation system, Mukherjee said the government will endeavour to "create a policy environment which is predictable, transparent and fair. "It will embark on rationalisation and simplification of the tax regime to make it non-adversarial and conducive to investment, enterprise and growth".
He said the government will move ahead with the roll out of GST while addressing the concerns of the states, and undertake more reforms to enhance the ease of doing business. Mukherjee said the Modi government will engage with foreign countries to bring back the ill-gotten money stashed abroad.