UPA completes 9 years, to present report card today

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New Delhi, May 22: The Congress-led UPA ruling coalition completed its ninth anniversary and four years of its second stint in office on Wednesday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will unveil a report card to outline the work done by the government in the last one year and a 34-page report showcasing the achievements since 2004, when it first came to power.

Singh will address a select audience at his residence where he may mention the recent controversies that have plagued his government and efforts that have been made to counter the slew of corruption charges.

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The prime minister is likely to take partial credit for the Congress's recent victory in Karnataka, stressing it as a faith of the people in the party's ability to deliver good governance.

The overall report will focus how the average life span of an Indian citizen has gone up by five years and that the number of people below the poverty line has gone down by 50 million since 2004. The report will also highlight the Right to Information Act, the nuclear deal, the MGNREGA and other flagship programmes.

A top Congress minister said the ruling coalition has done well in terms of anti-poverty and minority welfare programms and also established rule of law and organized flow of funds to the states.

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