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Rectification required

This is with reference to "UPAs Common Minimum Programme - II: Rectifying gaps and omissions" (Business Line, June 2). The article which looks into the United Progressive Alliance's CMP is insightful and raises some important points of omission.

From an environmental viewpoint: None of the six "principles" make any mention of the environment. Even if the desire to see that the "economy grows at least 6-7 per cent per year" it requires to be offset by a caveat that at least suggests "with adequate environmental and social safeguards".

Under employment the CMP mentions the need for "highest investment, credit and technological priority" to several sectors including "afforestation" as a means for creating new jobs.

This is probably aimed at farm-forestry (of a kind undertaken often by landed large farmers) and not community-based forestry that is geared to provide livelihood resources to the landless and the poor.

Farhad Vania

New Delhi

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