Monday, June 8, 2009
Samajwadi Party and BSP, which are extending outside support to UPA government, on Monday attacked Congress and said its policies and programmes since independence had failed because of which India could not become a developed nation.
Participating in a debate on Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav specified agriculture, education, employment, healthcare, naxalism and foreign policy as the areas of failure under Congress rule.
He said even if 20 per cent of the programmes announced by the Congress governments during the last five decades had been implemented, the country would have become developed.
India's education sector is heating up -- to scalding point. But the cash-strapped Indian government, which far overshot its budget in the last fiscal year to March, is more likely to spend on basic infrastructure such as school buildings and not on advanced facilities like e-learning and computer services in schools.
As for reforms, they remain a distant possibility. Current rules bar private investment in primary and secondary schools, whether government-owned or private, because education is designated as a not-for-profit sector. In this context, betting on education isn't such a good thing.
SOURCE: ONLINE WSJ