UPA communication strategy not very effective: PM

UPA communication strategy not very effective: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday said the UPA government was more successful than the NDA in reducing poverty and bringing inclusive development but was not very effective in communicating it to the people.

Speaking at the All India Congress Committee meeting here, he said gross domestic product and agricultural growth rate were faster during the eight-year United Progressive Alliance government (UPA) compared to the six years of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

He said the government had not received all the credit for its work due to shortcomings in its communication strategy.

"Probably, our communication strategy is not very effective," Manmohan Singh said, adding that there was a need to communicate the success of the government effectively.
He said some opposition-ruled states had claimed credit for central schemes and Congress workers needed to explain the correct picture to the people.

'Concrete steps being taken to check price rise'

Admitting concerns in the government over price rise, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday said concrete steps are being taken to check it in the coming fiscal.

Speaking at the All India Congress Committee meeting on the concluding day of the 'Chintan Shivir' here, he said the main reason for hike was rising international prices of crude oil.

He said another factor was a hike in minimum support price of crops by the government for the benefit of farmers.

"The main reason has been an increase in international prices of petroleum products. Second, the prices of crops had been raised substantially for the benefit of farmers," he said.

There was a need to take solid steps to deal with price rise in 2013-14, he said.

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