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Progress a mirage for ‘aam aadmi’

Special Correspondent
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Despite tall promises inclusive growth remains a pipedream in the country with the benefits of development passing by the common man.

This is the people’s report card on key issues like poverty, education, health and women’s empowerment.

The review report of the performance of State governments vis-à-vis the promises made by them was released by the Confederation of Voluntary Association (COVA) and People’s Action for Rural Awakening (PARA) here on Tuesday.

Evaluation

The performance evaluation was carried out in association with Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA- Don’t Break the Promise campaign), a coalition of rights based organisations.

The WNTA with its network of 3,000 civil society organisations reviewed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Common Minimum Programme in nine States in the context of election promises made by the ruling parties.

S. Ramachandra Reddy, former MP, Rama Melkote, academician and Mohd. Turab, executive secretary, COVA, told presspersons that the desired progress had not taken place.

Dim scenario

The chances of achieving the goals by 2015 appeared dim.

“Inclusive growth can take place only when there is inclusive governance and participatory democracy,” Mr. Reddy remarked.

Prof. Melkote said health and education had become expensive for the marginalised sections and social discrimination remained deep rooted.

“There is disconnect between economic and social development,” she said.

With regard to Andhra Pradesh, the report found the impact of poverty alleviation programmes had made a dent with the ratio reducing to half. The State ranked 24{+t}{+h}in the literacy level.

Though the net enrolment ratio touched 100 per cent, the high dropout rate was a cause for concern.

The report felt rampant corruption marked the Arogyasri programme and child mortality continued to be high.

There was high awareness about promotion of gender equality but the plethora of programmes was confusing.

Checks and balances

The review report wanted adequate checks and balances to be placed to eradicate corruption in the implementation of flagship schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and PDS.

Diversion of funds meant exclusively for Dalits and Adivasis should cease.

The report called for mass awareness on various schemes.

It also wanted recognition of sexuality of transgenders and to create platforms for them to demand their rights under government schemes.

People’s report card faults government as inclusive growth remains a pipedream


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