G-20 summit: PM Narendra Modi advocates for people centric and people driven reforms

PM Narendra Modi at the Opening Ceremony of the G20 summit in Brisbane.

Brisbane, Nov 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that reforms should be people centric and people driven, and asserted that reform is a continuous multi-stage process which must be institutionalized.

MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin quoted Prime Minister Modi on Twitter as saying: “Reform must be People-centric and People-driven. Reform has to be driven by the people….cannot be by stealth: PM @narendramodi to G-20 Summit on Reform processes.”

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his inaugural address at the G-20 Summit meeting here on Saturday reportedly said: “Reform is a continuous multi-stage process… must be institutionalized. Reform is bound to face resistance….. must be insulated from political pressures. Globally, reforms are handicapped with perception of being govt programs, a burden on the people, this needs to change.”

Akbaruddin tweeted the Prime Minister’s statement which also referred to simplifying the reform process and bringing change in governance.

The spokesperson further quoted Modi as saying: “Reforms should lead to simplification of processes…… and processes of governance must be reformed. Reform must be technology driven…. must have scale and address root causes.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting President of France, Francois Hollande, in Brisbane.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting President of France, Francois Hollande, in Brisbane. Photo courtesy: PMO

Earlier, during his informal meeting with the BRICS leaders in Brisbane, Modi made a strong pitch for repatriation of unaccounted money stashed abroad as a key priority for India and linked the unaccounted money with security challenges.

He also met French President Francois Hollande and is expected to meet other G-20 leaders including US President Barack Obama over the weekend.

Prime Minister Modi on Friday attended a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the margins of the G-20 Summit. He also met European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, and visited the Queensland University of Technology.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accorded warm welcome by his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accorded warm welcome by his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott. Photo courtesy: PMO

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a warm welcome by his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott upon his arrival at the Queensland Parliament for the G-20 Summit here on Saturday.

The duo not only shook hands, but also shared a warm hug while posing for shutterbugs.

Besides Prime Minister Modi, other world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and South Korean President Park Geun-hye were also welcomed by Abbott.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President of Brazil, Ms. Dilma Rousseff

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President of Brazil, Ms. Dilma Rousseff ahead of G-20 Summit, in Brisbane. Photo courtesy: PMO

Earlier today, during his inaugural address at the G-20 Summit meeting here, Prime Minister Modi said that reforms should be people centric and people driven.

He also made a strong pitch for repatriation of unaccounted money stashed abroad as a key priority for India and linked the unaccounted money with security challenges, during his informal meeting with the BRICS leaders.

He met French President Francois Hollande and is expected to meet other G-20 leaders including US President Barack Obama over the weekend.

After the G-20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to travel to Sydney, where he will attend an Indian Diaspora community reception organized in his honour.

He will then travel to Australian capital Canberra to address a special joint sitting of the Australian Parliament on November 18. Prime Minister Modi will also address an Indian community event in Melbourne before travelling to Fiji.

(With Agency Inputs)

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