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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sonia Gandhi in Shimla explains UPA policies for welfare of the women

Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, while addressing a well attended Congress rally on Tuesday at Shimla - the capital of poll bound Himachal Pradesh- attacked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government over corruption and lack of development in the state. She also listed out various development initiative of the Congress-led UPA Government at the centre.
Detaining the development works initiated by the Congress, Sonia Gandhi said “The Congress had initiated development projects in Himachal Pradesh. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Ji and Rajiv Ji, with the help of Congress leaders in this state, had brought in various development works here in the fields of power, roads, dams, education, health and industry. The UPA Government at the centre has taken some landmark steps by providing the state with IIT, Medical College, Central universities, Reserve Battalion, Fashion Technology institutes and a passport office in Shimla”
She then took on the BJP govt. for not implementing the central sdchemes properly and said “The central government is committed for the development of Himachal Pradesh and also released huge financial assistance for the state. But the state government did not use the funds sent under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA or the financial aid released for the repair and construction roads properly. The Congress government also had sanctioned huge funds for the development of Shimla under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Rural Mission but there are no changes visible here. I want to ask where thousands of crores of rupees provided by the centre for the development of the state and its people have gone”.
Focussing the women in the state the Congress President said “My address will not be complete without remembering the contributions of my sisters of this beautiful state. I appreciate that the women here do fulfill their responsibilities in a commendable manner”. “ Aiming for further upliftment of the women in our society, especially my sisters in the hill areas, the Congress government implemented 50% reservation for women in panchayats. We also doubled the salaries of anganwadi workers. We also helped the women to avail bank loan at low interest rates through Self Help Groups” said Sonia Gandhi highlighting the UPA policies.

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