Left identify problem areas, to submit proposals before Budget

Left identify problem areas, to submit proposals before Budget
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First Published: Tue, Jan 30 2007. 02 02 PM IST
By PTI New Delhi;Left parties will submit a host of “concrete proposals” to the government ahead of the Budget seeking enhanced financial outlay and urgent attention to key areas like agriculture, health, education and unemployment. The parties, which provide crucial outside support to the UPA government, met here today and identified more than 27 areas which they feel have not received enough attention of the Manmohan Singh government. The parties -- CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc -- are in the process of drafting specific proposals containing their suggestions and plan to hand it over to Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the first week of February. Today’s meeting, a preliminary discussion to identify the areas, was attended by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, CPI leaders A B Bardhan and D Raja, RSP leader Abani Roy and Debabrata Biswas of the Forward Bloc. After the hour-long meeting, Bardhan said they discussed the suggestions, criticisms and demands to be made to the government ahead of the Budget. The thrust areas would be agriculture, education, health, minorities and SC/STs. Left parties had submitted a detailed proposal before the Budget last year also with emphasis on fund raising and other aspects of the economic policy, but this time around it would be “more specific” and people-centric.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 30 2007. 02 02 PM IST