We acted on all major areas of concern: UPA governmentMay 21st, 2008 - 4:21 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi , May 21(IANS) On the eve of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s fourth anniversary, Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh’s office said it had taken action on “almost all 142 items” of significance in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP), its agenda of governance. “Never before has any government monitored so closely and continuously the implementation of its political manifesto. This is the first time such an exercise has been undertaken,” said Sanjay Baru, media advisor to the prime minister.
The CMP, drawn up by the UPA and its Left allies, focused among other areas on employment, agriculture, education, health, women and children, national security, foreign policy, food, panchayati raj, social harmony, minorities, water resources, regional development, Jammu an Kashmir and public sector.
Though the Left has been among the government’s most trenchant critics on UPA’s foreign and economic policies, the Prime Minister’s Office said the government had held true to the CMP’s guiding principles.
On foreign policy, the CMP stated: “The UPA government will pursue an independent foreign policy keeping in mind its past traditions. The policy will seek to promote multi polarity in world relations and oppose all attempts at unilateralism.”
The Left has charged the government with leaning towards the US.
The CMP promised a National Employment Guarantee Act to provide at least 100 days of employment for at least one able bodied person in every rural, urban poor and middle-class household. The act is now operational across India.
Regarding agriculture, which has been in the throes of a crisis, the CMP assured an increase in investment. It said that “immediate steps will be taken to ease the burden of debt and high interest rates on farm loans”.
The government in the last budget in February announced a Rs.60,000 crore-loan waiver scheme.
“The UPA government pledges to raise public spending in education to at least 6 percent of GDP with at least half this amount being spent on primary and secondary sectors,” stated the CMP.
The UPA government’s investment in education at present stands at 3.5 per cent of GDP.
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