India, June 10 -- Maintaining that poverty alleviation and water sector are the core focus areas of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked India's top bureaucrats to prepare a roadmap in order make the country a $5 trillion economy with "ease of living" by 2022, officials with direct knowledge of the matter said.

In an extensive interaction with secretaries of various union ministries and departments on Monday evening, Modi asked them to encourage people's participation in key policy planning. "We should take expectations of people as opportunity for us to work even harder. Expectations show that people are eager and also have the urge to transform the nation," said one of officials quoting the PM.

Union ministers ...