'UPA is taking India on development path'
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the UPA Government had led the country on the path of development and economic stability, while taking on the problems of cross-border terrorism and internal extremism.
India had managed to tackle cross-border terrorism for the last few years and also the demands for separate states internally, he told Sevadal members here.
The government had succeeded in bringing those seeking separate states to negotiating table, he said, adding that six states were facing Naxal problem, which had to be tackled.
Despite all these problems, Congress with its "people-oriented" policy was able to take the country to development path and economic stability, Chidambaram said, adding the country had recorded an eight per cent growth.
India's Foreign Exchange Reserves stood at Rs 28,000 crore, he said.
The government had allotted Rs 12,000 crore for rural and road development projects, Rs 12,000 crore for food and Rs 40,000 crore for government employees' salary, the home minister said.
The economic reforms followed by the Congress Government since 1991 had taken India to progressive path and the country had withstood global recession, he said.
Dwelling upon major achievements of the UPA Government, he said the RTI Act, Education for All, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme were all people-oriented scheme and the Food Security Act would be introduced soon for the benefit of people.
BJP and the Left parties, which were criticising the government policies, were not able to implement such schemes when they were in power, Chidambaram added.