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Introspection needed to avoid paying heavy price at the ballot in 2014
The UPA government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh has completed its nine years, and Congress party along with other UPA partners is celebrating the occasion.

As per the Report Card released by the UPA, the government is committed to enacting the National Food Security Bill, which legally entitles poor families to five kilograms of subsidized grain per person per month. The BJP is not endorsing it keeping in view the “public interest.” But the role of the chief opposition party BJP has also not been in the public interest.

According to a report in the form of handbook on the achievements of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the past nine years, there has been a more than threefold increase in food subsidy during this period, reflecting the government’s commitment to ensuring adequate food at affordable prices for all.

While the government provides wheat at Rs.2 per kg and rice at Rs.3 per kg for poor families, the subsidy burden will be to the extent of Rs. 18.10 per kg and Rs. 21.63 per kg for wheat and rice, respectively. Efforts to increase food grain production have yielded results. Efforts to strengthen the agriculture sector have led to record production of food grain in recent years.

Agriculture credit has increased fivefold to help small farmers improve productivity. Stocks are at record levels – rice at 347 lakh million tonnes and wheat at 427 lakh million tonnes. The development work in agriculture sector has also been claimed to have increased to 3.7 per cent.

The Congress party has also claimed that despite economic crisis, the government has done well and MNREGA scheme is a big achievement. It has also been stated that in 2004, the UPA got the empty glass and it takes a time to fill it up.

Take the case of Food Security Bill, on the one hand, BJP spokesman Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi is saying that the BJP is committed to provide food security services to all the citizens and wants to get the Food Security Bill passed with certain amendments but at the same time, the BJP is using the delaying tactics by asking very irrelevant question: after the 66 years of independence of India, who ruled for 56 years?

In fact, the above statement has come when Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi have shown their resentment for creating hurdles in the Parliament proceedings by the chief opposition party for not getting the Food Security and other bills passed.

Both Congress and BJP leveling allegations against each other is very unfortunate and ultimate sufferer is real beneficiary –common man as two-thirds of population of India still is in need of food security.

The other side of the coin is that despite tall claims, the inflation is increasing day by day and so is the unemployment. There has not been big improvement in business, industry, agriculture and service sectors and the circumstances do not demand festive celebrations.

Only few months are left when the Lok Sabha elections would be held, and the people of India would make the real analysis. Merely making paper presentation is not going to make the image of the Congress better but it has to work with more concentration on internal security, foreign policy, agriculture production, economic development and for the welfare of minorities. Now, there is only little time left for it to improve its performance as it is the time to make future strategies.

There is a need to do development equally at rural and urban levels with new plans and projects for women, senior citizens, children and youths.

However, there is no denying the fact that Dr. Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister has played his role as model politician. Despite various scams brought on surface, he is still maintaining his honesty status and the Congress survival as of now is only due to Dr. Manmohan Singh. Still there is a need of introspection by the all the alliance partners of the UPA, Congress and the chief opposition party BJP as well otherwise heavy price is waiting at the ballot in 2014.

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