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India President Pledges Growth, Social Programs བོད་སྐད།

India's president unveiled the new Congress party-led government's priorities for upcoming years after winning a surprisingly decisive election victory last month.

Speaking before parliament, President Pratibha Patil said she expected to see a "slowing down of growth" in the current recession, but the government's "immediate priority" is to focus on countering effects of the global slowdown.

She pledged major infrastructure investments and to expand social programs like subsidized food.

But Ms. Patil said the government would remain fiscally prudent.

She also stated the government would be willing to reshape the country's long-contentious relationship with Pakistan, as long as Pakistan took moves against terrorist groups.