Social inclusion: A wasted year
Posted on May 22, 2010 | Author: C P Bhambhri | View 114 | Comment : 2
Social inclusion cannot be achieved by putting nice-sounding laws on the statute book;what is required is political commitment and the will to put political muscle behind their implementation
The Congress claimed,in its Lok Sabha elections manifesto of 2009,that only it had an agenda of inclusive growth for the whole of India,specifically targeting the socially-excluded groups bypassed by the trickle-down theory.
Hence,Congress came out with a revolutionary programme of reservation of 33% seats for women in the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies.Sonia Gandhi employed her political energy and the Womens Reservation Bill was approved in the Rajya Sabha in 2010.The Congress party was confident that with the support of the BJP and the Communists,it will be able to get a seal of approval in the Lok Sabha.However,the Bill could not be introduced.
The real pro-poor programme of food security for below-poverty-line rural and urban population has not reached Parliament and it is bogged down in usual bureaucratic discussions on the actual number of people who are below the poverty line.
The most important programme of social inclusion in a country inhabited by a large majority of rural and urban poor is to guarantee provision of food to the vulnerable and deprived population.It deserves to be mentioned that democratic governments,even in developed countries,have recognised that the right to food,right to work and right to health are to be guaranteed and ensured by public authorities.
Why has the Congress-led UPA government spent the whole year of 2009 to 2010 to legislate on National Food Security Law It does not bring credit to anyone,least to the Prime Ministers Office,if Sonia Gandhi has to castigate the government for its failure to bring before Parliament a Bill for a guaranteed right to food promised by the Congress manifesto of 2009.
Finally,after wasting the whole year of 2009 to 2010,the government has opted for Tendulkar committees figure of 41% rural population as below poverty line.It is ironic that in a country where huge percentage of food grain is wasted and not distributed among the starving and semi-starving population because the government has inadequate arrangements for its storage year after year.It has been alleged that the Manmohan Singh government has spent more political energy in dealing with the controversial Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill,2010,than on seeing through the passage of Food Security Bill in Parliament.
The problem with political parties in India is that they are not following the parth shown in the Constitution of India.
Posted by George Varuggheese,President at Godimages Good Governance Society|22 May, 2010
How can you expect inclusive growth and inclusive politics from those who manage the affairs of the nation through their families and ill-gotten money from the loot in all sectors.How many MPs are crorepathies and billionaires in the parliament and what was thier or their parents property before entering politics and what is their source of income.With the present mind set and philosophy and behavioural paradigm,perhaps INCLUSIVE growth is not possible.
Posted by Venkataramanaiah Chekuru,CEO at CVR SYNERGY MANAGEMENT SERVICES|22 May, 2010