Coimbatore: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
today said the UPA Government had led the country on the path
of development and economic stability, while taking on the
problems of cross-border terrorism and internal extremism.
India had managed to tackle cross-border terrorism for
the last few years and also the demands for separate states
internally, he told Sevadal members here.
The government had succeeded in bringing those seeking
separate states to negotiating table, he said, adding that six
states were facing Naxal problem, which had to be tackled.
Despite all these problems, Congress with its "people-
oriented" policy was able to take the country to development
path and economic stability, Chidambaram said, adding the
country had recorded an eight per cent growth.
India`s Foreign Exchange Reserves stood at Rs 28,000
crore, he said.
The government had allotted Rs 12,000 crore for rural and
road development projects, Rs 12,000 crore for food and Rs
40,000 crore for government employees` salary, the home
The economic reforms followed by the Congress Government
since 1991 had taken India to progressive path and the country
had withstood global recession, he said.
Dwelling upon major achievements of the UPA Government,
he said the RTI Act, Education for All, National Rural
Employment Guarantee Scheme were all people-oriented scheme
and the Food Security Act would be introduced soon for the
benefit of people.
BJP and the Left parties, which were criticising the
government policies, were not able to implement such schemes
when they were in power, Chidambaram added.