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Focus on job-intensive inds: NAC

NAC to put effective implementation mechanisms in place to ensure time-bound action on promoting employment-intensive industries.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 18:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The National Advisory Council, headed by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, said on Saturday that effective implementation mechanisms should be put in place to ensure time-bound action on promoting employment-intensive industries like textiles and agro and food processing.

Endorsing the recommendations of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC), which aims to achieve a growth rate of 12 per cent in manufacturing sector in the next decade, the NAC members at a meeting held here today also discussed the right to Education Bill and took note of the views of the Sub-Group of the NAC members constituted for the purpose.

It said that legislative and administrative steps from the Government would help fulfil commitments made in the National Common Minimum Programme with regard to education.

It further decided to take up the core issues in the sector with the Government and suggest appropriate measures at the Centre and state levels.

The Council reiterated its support to the Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh as an effective instrument to mobilise additional resources for the universalisation of elementary education.

The meeting also took up the issue of regional development and centre-state relations and said that ways would have to be devised to augment flow of funds to needy states for development of social and physical infrastructure.

"Concerted and coordinated measures can substantially increase the growth rates in poverty-effected areas and help reduce regional disparities", it said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 18:23 IST