President addresses joint session of Parliament

Unveiling the new Government's agenda, the President Pratibha Patil said it would also give priority to boost urban employment and to battle recession.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Congress-led coalition will guarantee 25 kg of rice or wheat each month to impoverished families, President Pratibha Patil said on Thursday during a joint session of Parliament, which met for the first time after the Lok Sabha elections brought back the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to power.



"In 2004 my Government had set before the country a vision of an inclusive society and an inclusive economy. My Government sees the overwhelming mandate it has received as a vindication of the policy architecture that it put in place," Patil said.


The President spelt out the policies and programmes of the Congress and its allies, highlighting that 10 areas would get top billing during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's second tenure in office.

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