A report card on the track record of the UPA Government; checking its promises againsts its actions on the economic front. Pragoti presents this in partnership with the CBGA.
The UPA Government presented the vote on account on 16 February, 2009, being the last of its major policy announcements relating to economic policies. It should be remembered that the UPA was a post-election political alliance which was built on the rubble of the NDA's defeat. That defeat was itself a result of the crass neoliberalism, subservience to imperialism and upper-caste, Hindu majoritarianism which were the hallmark of that regime. The people of India had voted out the NDA despite the shrill support it received from the mainstream media, the urban rich and the big bourgeoisie.
The UPA came together on the basis of the Common Minimum Programme, which itself was a recognition of the fact that the people of India wanted a drastic change in Government policies. The Common Minimum Programme promised to focus on the needs and demands of the poor and the marginalised and to make growth inclusive. It was not a radical programme, but rather, what the poster boy of neoliberalism in India - Manmohan Singh - had termed, reforms with a human face. This modest programme was a recognition that the pressing needs of the people cannot be ignored anymore.
So what is the report card? Has the UPA Government lived up to the promises it had made in its own Common Minimum Programme? What has it achieved and where and how has it missed its own targets?
The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability has brought out detailed reports on the previous Budget's presented by the UPA by checking the actual allocations and spendings against the promises of the Common Minimum Programme. On the occasion of the vote-on-account, the CBGA presents a review of UPA's track record for its entire five year term.
Pragoti presents to its readers the report "How did the UPA spend our money?" prepared by the CBGA. Please read and circulate it widely.
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