MODI DE­FINES HIS VI­SION ON RE­FORMS

EV­ERY STEP COUNTS Not just big-ticket re­forms, PM counts switch to LED bulbs, ef­forts to curb kerosene use as suc­cesses

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PM Modi with HT Me­dia chair­per­son and ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor Shob­hana Bhar­tia at the HT Lead­er­ship Sum­mit on Fri­day.

NEW DELHI: There is no one right way to making eco­nomic progress. Re­sults can come in many dif­fer­ent ways, some of which may not be con­ven­tional but no less ef­fec­tive, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said Fri­day as he de­fended his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­form record. The path his gov­ern­ment has cho­sen, the Prime Min­is­ter said, is one that uses com­mon sense to solve prob­lems, even as big-ticket pol­icy re­forms get stuck in po­lit­i­cal and leg­isla­tive quag­mire. Modi, who swept to power last year rais­ing hopes of a quick turn­around in a sag­ging econ­omy, has lately come un­der pres­sure from in­vestors to move faster on eco­nomic re­forms. But on Fri­day, he urged busi­ness lead­ers, pol­icy an­a­lysts and opin­ion makers to look afresh at the work done by his 19-mon­thold gov­ern­ment. “Re­sults can come in other ways, too, not nec­es­sar­ily in the way you think right... Change does not hap­pen all of a sud­den. One has to work to­wards it,” Modi said in a speech that opened the an­nual Hin­dus­tan Times Lead­er­ship Sum­mit in New Delhi. To but­tress his point, the Prime Min­is­ter listed a num­ber of ac­com­plish­ments that may not have made head­lines, but have ef­fec­tively ad­dressed some of the prob­lems that have plagued the coun­try for years, or decades. Take for ex­am­ple, he said, the drive to re­place ex­ist­ing light bulbs with LEDs, which con­sume much less elec­tric­ity. A fifth of the 100-city drive is al­ready com­plete. Once all th­ese cities have re­placed their bulbs with LEDs, they will save 21,500 Mw of elec­tric­ity ev­ery year.

GURINDER OSAN / HT

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