An Agenda for Growth

India's Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, having taken 263 of the 545 seats in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) – has interpreted the strong electoral victory as affirmation from the voters to unveil an ambitious reform agenda. Loaded in favor of the social sector and "inclusive" economic reforms, the government's broad policy contours were highlighted by President Pratibha Patil in her inaugural speech last week. These include a first "100-days Action Plan" which will focus exclusively on social and welfare schemes, judicial reforms and a plethora of measures to fortify the state machinery "for effective delivery of all governmental schemes."

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