On UPA-II’s anniversary, PM address press

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to address a press conference on May 24 to mark the first annivesary of the UPA government`s second term.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 00:49 AM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is
likely to address a press conference on May 24 to mark
the first annivesary of the UPA government`s second term.

This will be the first full-fledged press conference in
the national capital by Singh after the coalition government
came to power for the second time on May 22 last year.

To coincide with the occasion, the government also plans
to bring out a `Report to the People` to drive home its
point that it is a `Government that works`.

The PMO is already busy gathering information from
various ministries and departments on their achievements which
could find a place in the Report.

The document is likely to chronicle among other things
the Women`s Reservation Bill which has been passed in the
Rajya Sabha.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is keen to secure its
passage in the Lok Sabha but the measure has been put on
hold in view of the stiff opposition by the Yadav
trio-Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad and Sharad Yadav-
demanding quota within quota.

The Right to Education (RTE) Act that would directly
benefit at least one crore children is also expected to be
highlighted in the Report.

On the foreign front, the government is expected to refer
to the dialogue process with Pakistan and India`s efforts to
cement ties with almost all its neighbours.

On the economic front, the report is expected to
highlight how the government weathered the global financial
crisis and the depression and managed to keep an impressive
growth rate.

Since 2004, when Congress-led UPA assumed power after
ousting the BJP-led NDA, the government has been bringing out
annual reports on its performance.

-PTI