-We have envisioned a prosperous India. An India which has got rid of centuries old burden of poverty, hunger and disease, where the light of education has driven away the darkness of ignorance and superstition, where there is social equality and all citizens enjoy equal economic opportunity, where no section of the society faces injustice and exploitation.
-We have dreamt of an India, where the youth get employment opportunities that enable them to contribute to the noble endeavour of nation building.
-We have strived for India’s voice to be heard loud and clear at the international level. We have strived to build a nation that is looked at with respect and honour by the whole world.
-We have taken many measures to realise these dreams. But, the journey is long and a huge distance still remains to be travelled.
-We have recently issued an Ordinance towards a Food Security law. The Food Security Bill is now before Parliament and we hope it will be passed shortly. This law will benefit 75 percent of our rural population and half of our urban population. Under the law, about 81 crore Indians would be entitled to receive rice at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and coarse grains at Rs 1 per kg. This is the largest effort of its kind in the whole world.
-We have been able to implement this law only because of the hard work of our farmers. Our food-grain production reached a record level of 25.9 crore ton in 2011-12.
-We have enacted the Right to Education Act to provide every child in the country the opportunity for education. Almost all our children are today being imparted education in Primary schools.
-We have implemented new schemes for scholarships on a large scale to enable poor children and those belonging to the weaker sections to access opportunities for education. Today, the Central government provides scholarships to more than 2 crore children.
-We have implemented Health Mission in urban areas also. This will result in both expansion and improvement of health services in such areas.
-For ensuring better safety and security for women, we have strengthened the law dealing with offences against women.
-We have taken many important measures to make the work of the government responsive, transparent and honest. I would like to mention only two of them here. Through the RTI Act, the common man now gets more information than ever before about the work of the government. This legislation is being used on a large scale at all levels. The Act frequently brings to light irregularities and corruption and opens door for improvements. I am sure that the RTI will lead to further improvements in the way the government functions.
-We have introduced the Lokpal Bill in Parliament. The Lok Sabha has passed the Bill and it is now before the Rajya Sabha. This legislation will be a major step towards making our political system clean.
-We have recently taken many steps to speed up the process of government clearances for industry, build an environment more conducive to trade and industry and increase investment in the economy. A special cell has been set up to help big projects with clearances. The Cabinet Committee on Investment is working to remove hindrances in the way of stalled projects.
-To boost Foreign Direct Investment, ‘we have’ recently enhanced the limit of such investment in many sectors and made its easier procedurally.
-We have established the National Skill Development Authority a few months back. We will shortly launch a new scheme under which those who have successfully acquired new skills will be given a grant of about Rupees 10,000. This scheme will benefit about 10 lakh young men and women in the next 12 months.
-The Multi Sectoral Development Programme for minorities has been reformed recently. We will now implement it effectively.
"I believe that this phase of slow growth in India will not last long. In the last nine years, our economy has grown at an annual average rate of 7.9 percent. This pace of development is the highest in any decade so far," Singh assured in the release.
The release quoting Singh added, "If in the future we can achieve the same kind of progress as in the last decade, the day is not far off when India will be rid of poverty, hunger, disease and ignorance. Our India will be prosperous and all its citizens will be equal partners in this prosperity, irrespective of their religion, caste, region or language."
At the end of speech, PM urged, "Let us all re-dedicate ourselves to building such an India together."