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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 05, 2014
High speed rail network, 100 smart cities, health insurance for all and simplified tax regime could be some of the big policy announcements expected to be made in President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the joint session of Parliament next week.

The address, approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday, is scheduled to be held on June 9 in Parliament's Central Hall and will be the be first reflection of the policy initiatives that the National Democratic Alliance government would pursue.

Some of the policy initiatives would kick off in the next 100 days and others subsequently.

The address is also likely to indicate how the government would implement the promises made by the BJP in their election manifesto. Sources, however, said that contentious issues may not find a place in the President's address as it would be a "development oriented" speech.

The address is likely spell out the government's efforts to revive economic growth that fell to 4.9% in 2013-14 and creation of jobs — one of Modi's poll promises — through a new national mission.

"The BJP manifesto was the driver to give inputs for President's address. We have spelled out the policy initiatives from the manifesto that can be initiated in the next 100 days," a senior government official said.

The cornerstone of the address is likely to be Modi's 10-point agenda which includes increasing investment, completing infrastructure projects in a time-bound manner and exploiting of natural resources, besides giving freedom to bureaucrats to take decisions and implement them.