PM’s I-day speech highlights: Pak, economy and inclusive growth
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to spell out success of the UPA government’s nine year rule and its stand in Pakistan in his last Independence Day speech on Thursday before the next general elections.delhi Updated: Aug 13, 2013 23:10 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to spell out success of the UPA government’s nine year rule and its stand in Pakistan in his last Independence Day speech on Thursday before the next general elections.
Government sources said that the PM is expected to be more on political lines enumerating the benefits of the UPA government inclusive growth plank and its seriousness that the food security law is implemented.
The public spending for the social sector had increased by around three times in the UPA government and the per capita income of an Indian has jumped by almost four times in the last nine years.
The UPA has emphasised on education and health although the quality of services in these two social sectors is still an area of concern.
The special Central schemes for other deprived sections like minorities, scheduled caste and scheduled tribe would also be highlighted.
The PM is expected to outline the improvements in rural infrastructure through rural road and electrification schemes.
Over one lakh villages have been provided electricity and most of the villages having population of more than 500 have been connected with road.
The importance of Aadhaar based Direct Benefit Transfer to ensure that needy get their due on time is expected to be referred in the Prime Minister’s speech.
Although high food inflation remains a problem, the PM may admit that economy was going through a rough patch and would elaborate on the steps been taken by the government to reverse the downward trend.
Despite the downturn, the average economic growth during the UPA regime had been higher than in the NDA.
Singh in the past had held meetings with the top leaders of the Indian industry to remove bottlenecks to attract investment and improve economic scenario.
He may use the opportunity to ask the opposition to help the government in getting key economic legislations --- on insurance and pension --- passed in Parliament.
Government sources also said that Pakistan would also find mention in the speech with reference to recent killing of Indian soldiers by Pakistani army. The PM may emphasise on normalising relations with Pakistan.