: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Friday inaugurate the Kerala Development Congress, which is tipped to provide the blueprint for the Congress in the State as it perceives itself to be closer to capturing power in the State.

The Development Congress is being organised under the auspices of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies (RGIDS), an arm of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). At the end of the four-day meet, the Congress hopes to come out with document that would provide a theoretical and ideological basis for the party and the United Democratic Front (UDF) if and when it returns to power. Discussions will be held on 40 subjects, spread over 24 sessions. According to Prof. G. Balachandran, director, RGIDS, and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, 1,600 persons have already registered their names for the congress. More than 175 papers will be presented and discussed during the event. The inauguration will be held at the Chandrasekharan Nair stadium here at 5 p.m.

The formal sessions will be begin on February 13. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Union Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Jairam Ramesh, D.P. Joshi, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister S. Rangarajan, Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India Nandan Nilekani and Sam Pitroda are some of the prominent personalities who are expected to take part in the Development Congress.

The RGIDS has brought out a document, ‘A policy Framework for Comprehensive Development,' which would form the basis for the discussions at the various venues. The document, released by Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony, highlights Kerala's development crisis, strategy for development, objectives of development and policy recommendations. The significance of the development congress is that it seeks to chart out a path for progress in tune with the national economic policy perspectives.

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