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UPA edgy as report date looms

business Updated: Apr 04, 2011 03:43 IST
Anupama Airy

The UPA-II government is less than two months away from completing two years in office. But giving itself a pat on the back for achievements may be a tough task in a year rocked by scams and high food and commodity prices.

“As was done last year, this year too it is proposed to bring out a ‘Report to the People’ on May 22,” TKA Nair, principal secretary to the Prime Minister said in a letter to various ministries and departments on March 17, seeking details of the year’s achievements.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to release the report on May 22 to mark two years in office.

A senior government official, who did not wish to be identified, said the slew of scandals such as the 2G spectrum allocation and Commonwealth Games are casting a shadow on the list of achievements.

Besides, food prices have remained stubbornly high for most of the last year. Oil and other commodity prices too have risen sharply, knocking up prices of other goods and of travel.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/04_04_biz2.jpg

The focus in this year’s report is likely to be on the efforts taken to provide corruption-free and clean governance. It will also likely include steps taken by the government to bring back black money stashed away in overseas tax havens, a source said.

A group of ministers is working on formulating a public procurement policy, reviewing discretionary powers of ministers, and introducing an open and competitive system for the use of natural resources.