Presenting his government's report on completion of first year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday vowed to fight terrorism "root and branch" and enforce the writ of the State in dealing with Naxalism and political extremism.He identified price rise as one of the major problems and said necessary corrective steps would be taken to rein in inflation.
Making it clear that he was "conscious of the tremendous challenges" lying ahead, he said the government will seek "new frontiers and new directions" to strengthen social and economic foundations during the remaining tenure of four years.
Singh referred to the various initiatives taken for economic growth, social uplift of people and empowerment of children in terms of education and said such efforts would be taken further to provide an "effective, purposeful and responsive" government.'The Report to the People - 2009-10', which was unveiled by Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, highlighted 12 major themes of the government's priority.
These cover areas like economic resurgence, internal security, education, health, child rights, food security, empowerment of women, weaker sections and minorities, rural renewal and foreign relations.
Speaking while releasing the 68-page report, he expressed his government's determination to fight terrorism "root and branch" and deal with Naxalism "firmly" while addressing developmental issues.He also asserted that the government would fight the scourge of communalism and "political extremism"."We will ensure that this great, liberal and plural nation of ours is not weakened by hatred and bigotry," heSingh asserted.
He said "one of the major problems that we face at present is the pressure on prices" which he attributed to the large extent to the aftermath of the drought."But it needs firm action. We have taken a number of steps to contain inflation and to protect the vulnerable sections of our society," he said.
"I am happy that prices have shown a moderating trend in recent weeks. I am hopeful that this trend will continue. We will continue to monitor the situation very carefully, and take whatever corrective steps are necessary to rein in inflation," Singh said.PTI