Legislative And Policy Agenda Of The Government

The Budget session 2013 commenced with the President, Pranab Mukherjee, addressing Parliament on February 21, 2013. The address is a statement of the policy of the government.

Legislative and policy items from the agenda of the central government outlined in the speech are:

  • Amendment of the Prevention of Corruption Act
  • The Direct Benefits Transfer system to be expanded to cover wages and subsidies on food and LPG.  The new system will be complementary to the Public Distribution System
  • 20 per cent of all government procurement to be reserved for Micro and Small Enterprises
  • Mid-day Meal Programme to cover pre-primary schools as well
  • Godown storage capacity of 181 lakh tons will be created between 2013 and 2015 across the country with additional storage space of 5.4 lakh tons in the North East
  • A Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project for Low Income States is being developed to assist States that are lagging behind in the coverage of piped water supply
  • Two and a half lakh gram panchayats will be connected with broadband facility under the National Optical Fibre Network project by December 2014
  • A new programme called the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan is being considered by the Government
  • Two new major ports at Sagar Island, West Bengal and the other in Andhra Pradesh, with a total additional capacity of around 100 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) are being considered by the Government
  • ‘In-principle’ approval has been given for setting up an airport at Aranmula (Kerala) apart from airports at Navi Mumbai, Mopa (Goa) and Kannur (Kerela)
  • In 2012-13, 2600 km of roads are expected to be constructed and contracts for 3000 km of new roads are expected to be awarded
  • A new approach to road construction, the EPC mode, has been put in place. A length of 2900 km of highways will be put under the Operate, Maintain and Transfer system, which will improve road maintenance

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