Some hard decisions need to be taken: Manmohan

Some hard decisions need to be taken: Manmohan

Some hard decisions need to be taken: Manmohan

Underlining its thrust on the education sector, the UPA report card on completion of three years in office has highlighted achievements like creation of five lakh classrooms, providing 10.52 crore people with mid-day meal and firming up plans to extend IT infrastructure to 4752 schools.

The 'Report to the People' also mentioned the launch of low cost computing device 'Aakash' last year and setting up of central universities and technical institutes.

"The reforms process initiated in 2010-11 after enactment and implementation of right of children to free and compulsory education was continued during 2011-12," the report said.

It said under mid-day meal, 10.52 crore children were provided hot cooked meals in 12.18 lakh elementary schools in the country during 2011-12.

With quality of teachers being an area of concern, the report said the government has approved a revised teacher education scheme with an outlay of 6308.45 crore for the 12th plan period which would be shared between the centre and the state in the ratio of 75:25.

The report also noted its reforms initiative in higher education with introduction of key legislations in Parliament for passage including the Higher Education and Research Bill, the Tribunal Bill and the Foreign Educational Institutions Bill.

The report also noted the launch of low cost Aakash computing device on October 5 last year as one of its major achievements.

Pointing to its achievements in the health sector, the UPA report card spoke of the six proposed AIIMS like institutes across the country and said the medical colleges under each of these institutes would be made functional from 2012-13 academic session.
The report said "no wild polio cases have been reported in the country since January 2011 owing to immunisation drive".

Committing to empowerment and development of weaker sections, it said central assistance of over Rs 2,700 crore was released under the post matric scholarship scheme for scheduled caste students covering nearly 48 lakh students.

The report card said Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana for integrated development of 1000 scheduled caste majority villages has been revised to enhance central assistance.
Talking about the welfare of workers, it said more than 2.85 crore families are being provided health insurance cover under rashtriya swasthiya bima yojana, out of which 52 lakh families have been issued smart cards.

Turning to infrastructure, it said 700 km new rail lines were added during the year.

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