UPA II report card: Govt flaunts stricter rape law, remains silent on graft

UPA II report cardPM Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi release the UPA II report card. (IE photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Stricter punishments for sexual crimes, a proposed food security law and creation of the Cabinet Committee on Investment to remove bottlenecks in clearance of projects are among the decisions that the UPA government is flaunting as some of its biggest achievements in its fourth year.

The UPA released a 79-page report card counting its accomplishments in every sector in the last year, and a small booklet that highlighted the progress the country had made in the nine years of UPA rule. Related: Nine years on, Sonia, PM put up show of unity, Singh hints at unfinished business

The report, not surprisingly, steers clear of all controversies that have plagued this government, and only vaguely takes credit for the corrective steps that it had to take after every such crisis. There is no mention of the big corruption cases like the coal block allocation scam or the irregularities related to the purchase of helicopters for the armed forces. Every controversial and inconvenient subject like the beheading of an Indian soldier on the Pakistan border or the recent Chinese intrusion has been studiously avoided.

On the other hand, even routine disbursement of funds to schemes or to states have been listed as achievements. Going into the election year, the idea is to showcase its initiatives in the social sector and the steps it has taken to help weaker sections like SCs, STs, minorities and women.

The achievements that the UPA wants to showcase are:

Social Sector

Food Security Bill introduced in Parliament

Hike in Minimum Support Price for wheat, paddy, jute

43 lakh people skilled

6 new AIIMS set up

Liberalisation of sugar policy

64.5 pre-matric, 7.55 lakh post-matric scholarships

No new cases of polio

Law & Order, Security

Law for tougher punishments for sexual crimes

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