The Indian Budget 1996-97 The Indian Economy Overview


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Other Welfare Measures

  1. The Prime Minister has repeatedly declared that this government is a government of the poor and for the poor. Growth with social justice will be the motto of this government. Unless the country's GDP grows at over 7% per year in the next 10 years, we will not be able to abolish poverty and unemployment. However, there is a need to identify vulnerable sections of the people and help them. The Prime Minister has identified some target groups which deserve to be helped and I am proposing some new initiatives for meeting their special needs. These initiatives will be implemented through the State governments and, as far as possible, in collaboration with non- governmental organisations.

  2. Government will consider a scheme of financial assistance to States who confer ownership rights in respect of minor forest produce on Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and other weaker sections who work in forests.
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