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PM congratulates Harivansh Narayan Singh on being elected as Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha
Working closely with Chandra Shekhar Ji, Harivansh Ji knew in advance that Chandra Shekhar Ji would resign. However, he did not let his own paper have access to this news. This shows his commitment to ethics and public service: PM
Harivansh Ji is well read and has written a lot. He has served society for years: PM Modi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today congratulated Shri Harivansh, on his election as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Speaking in the Upper House, shortly after the election, the Prime Minister also expressed happiness that the Leader of the House, Shri Arun Jaitley, is back in the House, after recovering from illness.

The Prime Minister noted that we are marking the anniversary of the Quit India Movement today. He said that Harivansh ji hails from Ballia, a land which has been linked with the freedom struggle, right from the 1857 war of independence. The Prime Minister added that Shri Harivansh has been inspired by Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan.

The Prime Minister recalled that Harivansh ji had also worked with former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar ji.

The Prime Minister said that working closely with Chandra Shekhar ji, Harivansh ji knew in advance that Chandra Shekhar ji would resign. However, he did not let his own newspaper have access to this news, the Prime Minister observed, adding that this shows his commitment to ethics and public service.

The Prime Minister said that Harivansh ji is well read and has written a lot. He added that Harivansh ji has served society for years.

Shri Narendra Modi also congratulated Shri B.K. Hariprasad for being a part of the election for Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. He thanked the Chairman and all the members, for the smooth conduct of the election.

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PM reviews steps taken to improve Ease of Doing Business
December 13, 2018
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PM Modi chairs high-level meeting to review progress with regard to Ease of Doing Business
PM stresses on the need to improve last mile delivery, and focus on streamlining procedures to enhance the "Ease of Living" for small businesses and the common man

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high-level meeting to review progress with regard to "Ease of Doing Business."

The meeting was attended by senior Union Ministers related to economic matters; Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis; Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal; and senior officials from the Union Government, Maharashtra Government and Delhi Government.  

The Prime Minister was briefed on progress being made on various parameters related to Ease of Doing Business. Subjects such as construction permits, enforcement of contracts, registering property, starting a business, getting electricity, getting credit, and resolving insolvency came up for discussion.  

India’s rise in the World Bank “Doing Business” rankings from 142 to 77, over the last four years, was taken note of. 

Officials explained the steps being taken to plug shortcomings and resolve bottlenecks in implementing business reforms.  

The Prime Minister stressed on the need to improve last mile delivery, and focus on streamlining procedures, which would  improve not just the "Doing Business" rankings, but also increase the "Ease of Living" for small businesses and the common man. He said this is extremely important for India, as an emerging and vibrant economy. He also spoke of the tremendous global interest about the rise in India's "Doing Business" rankings.