Govt to announce major initiatives in 10 days

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New Delhi, May 22 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight announced his Government's decision to shortly unveil far-reaching reforms in agriculture, education and power sectors and declared that the flagship programmes already launched would be properly implemented in the next two years to the benefit of 'aam aadmi' for building ''a new and inclusive India.

''In the next ten days, we will be unveiling a major initiative which will not only enance the total public investment in agriculture but will also enable states to resolve problems of agriculture trough comprehensive, localised plans,'' Dr Singh said in his speech at a function at his residence on the third anniversary of the UPA Government.

Expressing his Government's resolve to replicate the success of 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' in the Secondary Education Sector, he said a major programme would be unveiled shortly for universalising secondary education.

''This, along with the Vocational Education Mission and our plans for a rapid expansion of the University system, should enable every Indian to be equipped with the necessary skills for securing gainful employment and a livelihood in our rapidly growing economy,'' he said.

Stressing the need for meeting the rapid rise in the demand for power, he said the Government would engage all Chief Ministers in a dialogue to move to a power surplus position by 2012.

''Credible steps will be taken to improve the public health system and to provide a social safety net for workers in the unorganised sector,'' Dr Singh said.

In the next two years, he said, the Government would focus on ensuring that important flagship programmes already launched were properly implemented.

''We will ensure that the enormous resources that are being invested fetch the desired results,'' he said.

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