UPA report card: PM gives cautious pat on back, lists challenges
Presenting his govt`s report card, PM hailed the performance of economy while sounding a note of caution for the year ahead.
New Delhi: Presenting his government`s
report on completion of first year, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh today vowed to fight terrorism "root and branch" and
enforce the writ of the State in dealing with naxalism and
Making it clear that he was "conscious of the tremendous
challenges" lying ahead, he said the government will seek "new
frontiers and new directions" to strengthen social and
economic foundations during the remaining tenure of four
`The Report to the People -- 2009-10`, which was
unveiled by Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi,
highlighted 12 major themes of the government`s priority.
These cover areas like economic resurgence, internal
security, education, health, child rights, food security,
empowerment of women, weaker sections and minorities, rural
renewal and foreign relations.
Naxalism & extremism
"root and branch" and deal with Naxalism "firmly" while
addressing developmental issues.
LWE in their states. The Central government supplements their
efforts in several ways, it said.
released during 2009-10 under the schemes for Modernisation of
Police Forces (Rs 578.61 crore), Security Related Expenditure
(Rs 60 crore) and Special Infrastructure Scheme (Rs 30 crore)
to left wing extremism affected states.
states for modernisation of state police forces, the report
scourge of communalism and "political extremism".
Defence & security
by involving the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Intelligence,
Custom, State Marine Police, and other central and state
agencies in meeting this challenge," the report said.
to safeguard the North-Eastern borders and setting up of the
second Officers Training Academy (OTA) at Gaya in Bihar
improve the counter insurgency grid in Jammu and Kashmir.
development of roads and infrastructure in the high altitude
areas," it added.
fencing, 310 km of border roads and 400 km of floodlighting
was completed along the India-Bangladesh border. Construction
of 50 border out-posts has also commenced.
Indo-Russian joint collaboration `BrahMos` supersonic cruise
missile system, with precision strike capability against land
targets. Akash surface-to-air missile system capable of
multi-target handling, was also being inducted.
family dwelling units were constructed under the Married
Accommodation Project (MAP).
committee`s recommendation to improve welfare and it benefited
12 lakh personnel and an Armed Forces Tribunal was established
to provide an appellate forum to aggrieved personnel.
The PM said "one of the major problems that we face at
present is the pressure on prices" which he attributed to the
large extent to the aftermath of the drought.
poor. PM added that there are enough food grains to
intervene in the market to keep the prices at reasonable
trading in food grains, zero import duty on select food items
and removal of restrictions on licensing, he said.
We will continue to monitor the situation very carefully, and
take whatever corrective steps are necessary to rein in
inflation," Singh said.
ensuring "inclusive growth" by improving rural infrastructure
in a "comprehensive manner" through the second phase (2009-10
to 2014-15) of Bharat Nirman.
drinking water, all weather roads, telephones and broadband
connectivity to all eligible villages or habitations and
substantially augment rural housing stock and irrigation
potential," it added.
person-days of work at a total expenditure of around Rs 70,000
crore since its inception in 2006, government said.
Reservation Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha and
personnel policies made more "gender sensitive".
National Mission for Empowerment of Women in March this year
to secure inter-sectoral convergence of all pro-women or women
centric programmes cutting across ministries and departments,
states and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
Rashtriya Mahila Kosh to Rs 500 crore from the existing Rs
Roads & highways
The government today said it will
construct 7,000 km of national highways per year, a view
that runs contrary to that of the Planning Commission, which
favours a lower annual target of 2,500 km for this fiscal.
While Road Transport Minister Kamal Nath has been
reiterating that the ministry will construct 20 km of highways
every day, the Planning Commission recently set an annual
target of 2,500 km for 2010-11.
Climate Change, the passage of a bill for early disposal of
environmental cases and unlocking of Rs 9,900 crore green fund
lying unused for last several years, were the highlights of
the UPA government.
missions of the NAPCC of which solar mission has already been
Knowledge on Climate Change and Enhanced Energy Efficiency
have already been approved "in principle".
set up panels on Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management &
Planning Authorities (CAMPA) for enabling release of 10 per
cent of the Rs 9,900 crores for the next five years.
passage of the National Green Tribunal Bill, 2009, providing
for establishment of a tribunal for effective and expeditious
disposal of cases relating to environmental protection,
conservation of forests and other natural resources.
Singh said development of road and rail
network and improving air connectivity to the Northeast have
been the priority area for the UPA government to ensure
overall growth in the region.
for connecting the capitals of Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and
Arunachal Pradesh have been taken up," the report said.
greenfield airport at Pakyong in Sikkim was already under
construction involving a cost of Rs 264 crore.
596 km of road length has been completed in last one year in
government said a regional coordination mechanism, covering
all the Northeastern states, for gathering, analysing and
disseminating intelligence has been set up at Shillong and has
been operationalised with effect from February 23.
surfacing works along a length of 11.2 km were completed on 11
roads along the India-China border.
construction and on completion will take the installed
capacity to 7280 MWe by 2011," said the report.
Atomic Power Station Units 5 and 6 during the year, the total
installed capacity of nuclear power has reached 4560 MWe.
that it would commission four hydro power projects in Jammu
and Kashmir this year.
last fiscal, against a target of 17,500 un-electrified
villages, 18,374 villages have been electrified under the
Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).
below poverty line (BPL) household connections, 47.18 lakh BPL
households have been given free electricity connections.
Prime Minister`s new 15-point
programme for ensuring targeted development to minorities and
the government`s thrust on improving their education status
find mention in the UPA-II report card to people.
development plans for the 90 minority concentrated districts
(MCDs) as major steps in this regard.
Manmohan Singh said 60 ITIs, located in the MCDs are to be
upgraded as part of the new 15-point programme.
to amend the Waqf Act, 1995 on May 7 by Lok Sabha that
provides for penal provisions to prevent encroachment of waqf
properties, representation of women in the waqf boards and
greater accountability and efficiency in the administration of
waqf properties by the waqf boards.
Prime Minister`s new 15-point programme in 2009-10.
children belonging to the minority communities for their
pre-matriculation studies. 48 per cent of these are pre-matric
scholarships on which an amount of Rs 202.94 crore was spent
were awarded to girls.
Under the post-matric scholarship scheme, 3.88 lakh
scholarships were awarded at a cost of Rs 148.74 crore and
nearly 55 per cent of the beneficiaries were girls.
credit while 502 public sector bank branches were opened in
districts with a substantial minority population.
cut down pendency of cases from the present 15 years to just
up a national mission for delivery of justice and legal
13th Finance Commission for providing Rs 5000 crore to the
states to set up morning and evening courts, promoting
alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and providing more
allocation for legal aid to the needy.
Gram Nyayalaya Act on October 2 last year to enable setting up
of over 500 rural courts at the grass-roots level for delivery
of quick and affordable justice to people at their doorsteps.