More reforms will be unveiled in 2011-12 Budget: PM

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

NEW DELHI - Blaming the Opposition for delaying the introduction of crucial Bills in Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said more reforms will be unveiled in the 2011-12 Budget.

During his interaction with top television editors of the country, Dr. Singh said: “We have not given up on reforms. We will persist… I sincerely hope in the (upcoming) Budget we will see a clearer picture of the reform agenda.”

He, however, blamed the Opposition for not allowing Parliament to function, thereby delaying the introduction of more reforms.

“When the Parliament is not allowed to function, when the Opposition do not wish to cooperate with the path-breaking reforms of Goods and Services Tax (GST)… This is a reform which is needed,” he said.

He reiterated that the government has been working on a host of reform initiatives, some of which have already been successful.

“We are working on a Food Security Bill, the Right to Education is now a reality… The ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) is a reality… and also the National Rural Health Mission,” Dr. Singh said.

He further said: “In the same way, I believe we are going to have a fresh wave of infrastructure investment with the help of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) created a logjam during the Winter Session of Parliament over the demand for setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into 2G-spectrum scam. (ANI)

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