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President Patil speaks on minority sub-quota, opposition protests

New Delhi, Mon, 12 Mar 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Mar 12 (ANI): The budget session witnessed at least two interruptions by the opposition during President Pratibha Devisingh Patil joint address to parliament on Monday, as she spoke about the government's stance on the issue of a sub-quota for minorities.


Patil said: "The government has decided to provide a sub-quota for minorities.The government has decided to provide a sub-quota of 4.5 percent for socially and educationally backward classes belonging to minorities, within the 27 percent reservation for Other Backward Classes."


Maintaining that the government has remained committed to providing an honest and more efficient government, Patil said the government has taken several further important steps towards that end.


Patil said a formidable and unprecedented array of Bills have been introduced in parliament.


These include the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Persons Making the Disclosure Bill, Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, Citizens' Right to Grievance Redress Bill, Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill and Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, she said.


She further opined that the efficient and automated delivery of public services with minimum human intervention is one of the keys to reducing corruption.


She said new e-Governance projects in education, health, public distribution and postal services will be launched for providing easy services to citizens.


She said departments responsible for Income Tax, Passports, Central Excise and Corporate Affairs have started delivery online services.


She further said that the unique Identification Programme ADHAAR would improve service delivery for millions of underprivileged people to improve service delivery in social sector programmes improving accountability and transparency leading to their financial inclusion.


Patil said that government will continue to focus on ensuring greater transparency, efficiency and accountability in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme.


"The scheme has benefited 25 crore people so far. She said the guidelines of the Scheme have been revised to ensure that it can be better aligned with the objective of raising land productivity," she added. (ANI)


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