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If I were prime minister: Ajay Godbole

India will be holding elections over the course of one month from 16 April.

BBC News asked people from all corners of the world's largest democracy what they would do if they were prime minister.

A GODBOLE, 31, SOFTWARE ENGINEER, PUNE, MAHARASHTRA

Ajay Godbole
If I become prime minister of India, I would remove all caste-based reservations. There should be only financial criteria for reservation.

I would add rich farmers to the income tax payers' list (currently farmers do not have to pay income tax in India).

I would make strict laws to curb corruption, to make people think a thousand times before accepting a bribe.

A basic degree should become a requirement for standing for election. Each ministry should have a domain expert, for example the finance ministry should have economists as experts to advise the finance minister.

I would also fund research into solar energy. In India, solar energy is in abundance and if used properly, we could save money currently spent on electric power and other sources of energy.




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