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PM calls for harmony, cooperation in national life

Saturday, August 15, 2009 10:15:53 AM, Agencies

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that India had self faith, political stability and economic strength to march towards 'a golden future' and called for a new era of cooperation and harmony in national life.

In his Independence Day speech, the Prime Minister pointed out that in the last election people had rejected sectarian politics and have ''chosen a political arrangement which is secular. He promised to take every one along and to create ''an environment of consensus and cooperation in the country''.

Spelling out his philosophy and priorities, the Prime Minister asserted that his government will pay special attention to minorities.

He insisted that caring for minorities was not appeasement.

 

National Female Literacy Mission to be launched

Addressing the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of the 63rd Independence day the Prime Minister announced, National Literacy Mission will be launched to reduce female literacy by half in three years. He made an appeal to society to eliminate female foeticide.

''Female foeticide is a shame on all of us,'' he said.

Referring to the Bill seeking to reserve 33 per cent of seats for women in Parliament and state assemblies, Dr Singh reiterated the government’s commitment to the early passage of the legislation which could not be passed due to opposition from several political parties.

Dr Singh said the government was working on a legislation to provide 50 per cent reservation for women in rural and urban local bodies.

 

Economic Growth

Vowing to restore economic growth to nine per cent, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today hoped that there would be an improvement in the situation caused by the global slowdown by the end of this year.

He also set the goal of four per cent growth in agriculture achievable in the next five years, while emphasising that the country needed another green revolution.

''Restoring our growth rate to nine per cent is the greatest challenge we face,'' he said while addressing the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of the 63rd Independence Day.

He appealed to the businessmen and industrialists to join in effort to tackle the difficult situation and fulfill their social obligation.

Referrring to deficiency in the monsoons leading to a drought-like situation, Dr Singh said the government would provide all possible assistance to farmers to deal with drought. In this context, he said the date for repayment of farmers bank loans had been postponed. The farmers would be given additional support for payment of interest on short term crop loans.

He assured the nation that there had been adequate stocks of food grains and that ''no one will go hungry.'' ''All efforts will be made to control rising prices of foodgrains, pulses and other goods of daily use,'' Dr Singh said, while sending a strong warning to hoarders and blackmarketeers.

 

Drought will impact rural economy

Sending out a positive message on Independence Day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for a new era of cooperation and harmony and pledged all possible government assistance to farmers to deal with drought and stepped up efforts to control spiralling prices. He said drought will impact rural economy this year.

 

The government would work for political stability and strengthening economy with an aim of marching towards "a golden future".

 

Asserting that the people had rejected sectarian politics and have "chosen a political arrangement which is secular", he called for "a new era of cooperation and harmony" and promised to take everyone along to create "an environment of consensus and cooperation".

 

No need to panic over swine flu

"You have entrusted a big responsibility on us and we humbly accept that and will fulfil it", he said.

 

Talking about problems like drought, economic crisis and swine flu facing the country, he sought to allay concerns.

 

There was no need to panic in the face of swine flu and daily life should not be disrupted because of it, said 76- year-old Singh.

 Government committed to early passage of Women's Reservation Bill, said PM.

 

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No need to panic in the face of swine flu, says PM. PM also sent sends out stern warning to hoarders and black-marketeers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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