New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated while addressing the Rajya Sabha that the UPA’s record on reforms introduced in the country were justified. In reply to President Pranb Mukherjee’s address during the Budget Session to the Parliament Manmohan said that he had agreed to President’s statement regarding the high growth requirement by India so as to curb the prevalent issues like of poverty and unemployment.
The Prime Minister stated that congress is putting forth its best endeavour to achieve a higher growth rate and that the slow growth rate in the country is temporary. Manmohan further notified “President Pranab Mukherjee was right; there is a need for rapid pace of industrialisation. We are proud of taking all the steps to ensuring inclusive growth. I agree that the country needs to grow at eight per cent. We believe that in next two-three years the economy will bounce back. We have every intention to push up the growth rate;” Whilst addressing the House, Manmohan took the time to praise the UPA government stating “Growth rate in the country has been highest since the UPA came to power. There are bound to be difficulties when large sums of money are being spent. But these are problems of growing up. Our policy is based on evolving national consensus, will not do anything that is not in the interest of the country and the people.”
Manmohan also mentioned the upcoming government’s foreign policy and the recent issue of war crimes in Sri Lanka. He also further said, “We want our neighbours to prosper and grow. Our effort will be to work with Sri Lanka to work towards a situation where Tamils can live with dignity there.”
The Prime Minister also commented on Pakistan issue and said, “Our policy towards Pakistan has been the same since the last nine years and will continue to guide us in the future. There cannot be normalisation with Pakistan until the terror activity within Pakistan against India is not completely stopped.”
Highlighting the need to boost up agriculture, Manmohan said that adequate attention needs to be given to the development of agriculture. He mentioned “Wherever there is drought or scarcity of water, we will work with the respective State Government to sort this problem. Growth in agriculture in Madhya Pradesh is also high and we feel happy to see these states, which were backward, growing.”
With consideration regarding the neighbour Nepal, there is an ambiguity but there is a hope that the multi-party democracy will eventually stand out to be the winner, said the Prime Minister. He also quotes that for Maldives there have been fateful problems and that, he hopes the best way is to opt for the elections to the President post which is about to be held in September.