New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government will carry forward pro-people policies it espoused during its first term, which began in 2004.
Speaking at the anniversary of the UPA’s re-election in May last year, the prime minister said the government will focus on the interests of economically deprived sections of society.
Listing the achievements of the UPA government, Singh said: “Our management of the economy over these years helped us to minimize the effect on our growth momentum. In the current financial year, the economy is expected to grow at 8.5%. This is one of the best performances in the world and reflects the strong fundamentals which we have built over several years.”
He accepted that the country faces a major problem in rising prices.
He also said the first set of Aadhaar numbers based on the unique identity project will be issued between August and February. He added a draft law to offer foodgrains at cheaper rates to the poor is under preparation and will soon be in the public domain for wider response.
Singh released a “report to the people,” highlighting the government’s achievements in different sectors.