On completing two years in power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 26 May while replying to queries that he failed to pursue big reforms, said the changes he put in place would have been difficult to apply by previous governments.
Modi said that his government has opened up the country’s economy to flow of foreign investment, took measures to check corruption, fill wide gaps in rural infrastructure and made efforts for a business-friendly atmosphere.
“I have actually undertaken the maximum reforms. I still have a tremendous task ahead for myself,” said the Prime Minister in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
The interview comes ahead of his visit to the United States in June. During the visit Modi is scheduled to call on President Barack Obama and also address a joint session of the US Congress.
He also said that flagship Goods and Services Tax bill aimed at doing away with several state taxes, is presently stuck in Upper House and it will be passed this year.
Meanwhile, the government aims to complete rural electrification by 2018 and boost road connectivity in 60,000 rural habitations. The two years are seen as a time of consolidating and fixing priorities by the government, while the emphasis from now on will be on programme implementation.