President's speech to parliament: Salient points

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:40 hrs

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

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