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First priority restoring economy : Manmohan
Published on 23 May. 2009 1:16 AM IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said the new government’s focus will be on restoring the economy and ensure inclusive growth. “Our first priority is to restore the economy, especially keeping the global recession (in mind),” the prime minister told reporters after assuming office for a second term after his Congress party’s sweeping win in the general election. “Industrial production is down. Certain sectors need revival, though the Indian economy is not so badly affected. Corrected measures have to be taken. Growth will be our main focus. And when I mean growth, I mean inclusive growth that will carry everyone along, including the underprivileged in the country,” he said. The Prime Minister also expressed hopes that Pakistan would cooperate with New Delhi “on all matters”. “Terrorism is a problem everywhere. My sincere hope is that Pakistan would cooperate with India on all matters,” Manmohan Singh told reporters waiting outside the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Pakistan remains New Delhi’s biggest foreign policy challenge after the Mumbai attacks. The relationship between South Asia’s nuclear powers is dogged by mutual suspicion and the fate of Kashmir. India wants Pakistan to do more to crack down on militants operating on its soil, who have in the past crossed the border and launched attacks on Indian cities.

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