Confident that he will return, PM Modi asks top officials to prepare 100 days agenda with focus on economic reforms

New Delhi: The 2019 Lok Sabha results will be declared on May 23, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is so confident that he will return that he has already asked the Niti Aayog, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and the Principal Scientific Adviser Prof K Vijayraghavan to chalk out an agenda on the scale of Swachh Bharat with all-embracing economic and bureaucratic reforms.

Top officials have been asked to prepare the plan for the first 100 days of the next government, with a focus on double-digit GDP growth in the next five years.

The 100 days plan focuses on high growth sectors, learning outcome sectors and job creation sectors. While the entire country is focused on Lok Sabha elections, the PMO, Niti Aayog and the PSA’s office are locked in meetings through weekends to build the agenda.

“The focus is on freeing the key sectors — oil and gas, minerals, infrastructure, and education — of red tape so that the foundation for India becoming a developed country in 2047 is laid in the coming 100 days. We believe that by removing red tape in core sectors we can easily boost the GDP growth by 2.5%,” said one of the three officials who asked not to be named.

Interlinking of rivers

Drinking water and inter-linking of rivers will be one of the topmost preferences if PM Modi is voted back to power, the officials added. The central idea is to build a system of dams and linkages so that India is not exposed to threat of China building dams on upstream Brahmputra as well as maximum utilization of the rivers under India in the Indus Water Treaty.