Govt has worked hard to fulfil mandate to govern people: Sonia

Congratulating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA allies for completing one year in office, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said the government has worked hard to fulfil the mandate to govern the people.

Updated: Jun 22, 2010, 20:26 PM IST

New Delhi: Congratulating Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and UPA allies for completing one year in
office, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said the
government has worked hard to fulfil the mandate to govern
the people.

In her `Letter to Congress persons` in the latest issue
of party mouthpiece Congress Sandesh, Gandhi said, "I would
like to congratulate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and all our
UPA allies for successfully completing one year in office."

She said, "The UPA has worked hard to fulfil the strong
mandate to govern it received from the people in 2009. Since
then, the synergy between the government and the Congress
party has enabled us to cover much ground with regard to the
promises made in our election manifesto."

Gandhi added, "We are determined to continue with the
goal of inclusive development."

“While consistent high rates of growth are a necessity,
it is only by ensuring that the largest number of people
benefit from high growth will India strengthen itself
internally and externally," she added.

Noting that the government has already passed some
"landmark legislation" in the past one year, the Congress
President listed Right to Education Bill and the passing of
the Women`s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

"We are also currently debating the Right to Food Bill
and hope to pass it in the coming sessions," she said.

Gandhi said the government was "keenly monitoring" and
implementing all the social developmental programmes that were
initiated in the last UPA government and listed MGNREGA and
Right to Information.

"Transparency and good governance remain the defining
features of our government. The states and the centre must
work together to ensure that the people of the country benefit
from all such social developmental schemes," the Congress
president said.

PTI