With social inclusion and improving human resource development continuing to top the government’s political agenda, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to find resources to convert the promise of Right to Education law into reality.
The fresh commitment came in the UPA government's 68-page Report to the People, released at a function on Tuesday.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee were also present at the event.
“We are committed to making a fully literate nation,” Singh said in the report that saw Gandhi laying down the government’s political philosophy.
“It is the responsibility of every government to ensure that their legislative agenda has at its core, a genuine concern for the well-being of the common man, that it is reflective of their hopes and their aspirations,” Gandhi said in her message.
Pushing for pro-people policies, the report laid stress on giving “a new deal to rural India” pivoted around key initiatives like the Food Security Act and other schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Bharat Nirman and National Rural Health Mission.
Stressing social inclusion, Singh said his government would prioritise the concerns and interests of the Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, other backward classes, minorities and women, and strive to make the RTE a living reality.