PMO defends Manmohan Singh, says GDP has grown 3 times during UPA rule

"GDP has grown three times in the last 10 years. Minimum wages have also gone up three times," says PMO.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2014 6:09 pm

The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday came out with data to highlight the progress made under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the last 10 years in an effort to counter the damaging claims made by his former Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru.

“The way India has progressed in the last 10 years it has never happened in any other democracy,” PMO Communication Adviser Pankaj Pachauri told reporters.

He said this government has fought against poverty like no other government has done and the progress the road and job sectors has achieved has not been made in any other country.

On GDP growth, Pachauri said, “GDP has grown three times in the last 10 years. Minimum wages have also gone up three times. This shows the government is working continuously.”

However, he lamented that the information is not reflected in the media. “The information is not reaching the people because the media’s priority is different,” he said.

Asked whether the Prime Minister will speak on the damaging claims made by Baru in his book, Pachauri said the PMO has already made a statement on the issue. Besides, the Prime Minister’s family and Congress have also spoken, he said.

“The PMO has given statements about it not once but twice. The PM’s family has made its viewpoints public. The party PM belongs to and is heading the government on whose behalf made very long and considered statements about it. I do not think there is anything new to say about it,” he said.

Baru’s book “The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh”, released recently, has claimed that the PM had been “defanged” by the Congress party in his second term with Sonia Gandhi deciding on key appointments to the Cabinet and to the PMO as he seemed to “surrender” to her and to the UPA constituents.

Pachauri also made it clear that he is not writing any book though he was offered to write. “I have been offered to write a book but will not write one,” he said.

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  1. A
    Apr 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    you are right man but it is the GDP of congress and its cronies, which has multiplied multi fold not three times only, you all have given national resources to select few and made mes deprived of their righful share in growth , nation has not forgotten that Rs 30/day is amounting to richness, and RS12 are sufficient for one meal, and 30lac is an insufficient amount for a toilet if it belongs to your crony at planning commission, do not put salt on the wounds of mes , stay silent which you are good at anyway
    1. H
      Apr 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm
      yes and the prices also went up 3 times higher... if the total economy generated in a country is a sign of growth then we are the most deluded fools!!! my dears please understand that a country`s growth is not when its income gets higher, its when the number of poor get lesser....
      1. J
        Jai Hind
        Apr 19, 2014 at 7:12 am
        IMPORTANCE OF MANMOHANManmohan and Obama is about to finish their two terms.It is very easy for Obama because once elected four years is OK. That is not the case with Manmohan, and government can fall at any time. Some supporters of Modi say presidential system is better and India should follow it.If so Modi may get more than 50% vote according opinion polls. In 1999 BJP got less than 24% and could form a stable government. But presidential system is not a correct method and is wrong. Democracy does not mean majority but partition of all people. Even in America itself,the person who got more votes need not become president. In the countries which follow direct voting ,division and civil war is more. Consider stan which also became republic along with India ,divided into two.Medea say that Manmohan is a rubber stamp of Sonia. If he ruled only one or two years, then we can accept that comment. But for a country having one seventh of worlds potion it is impossible. Manmohan is the most educated Indian politician. Whatever Manmohan say Sonia will accept. There is a harmony between the thoughts of Sonia and Manmohan. Not only with Sonia,during the time of Rao also Manmohan kept his ideny, and resigned three times in order to keep his stand. Myself is an economist. We are not seeing india as an african contry because of Manmohans economic policy in 90s. It was the 'brain' of of Manmohan, and Rao was very much proud of him .. Manmohan didnt make India as a super power like America.But he didn't go other extrema making India as an Ethiopia or Somalia..We are not seeing any civil war, and we can go freely any place in India.A dictator can also rule ten years or till his death.But we saw what happened to Yugoslavia. Looking at emergency in 1975 people judge Indira as a dictator. That is wrong. A dictator is one who kills all his enemies. Stalin was a dictator because he killed Troskey.Zia gave capal punishment to Bhuto and continued as ruler of stan till his death.But Musharaf sent Navaz Scherrif to jail only.and later he left the president postdira didnt kill her enemies. She jailed Jayaprakash Narayanan and others. She died for India in order to avoid Khalistan division. If she was a ditactor,Khalistan would be formed after her death.Manmohan and congress PMs stand including Telengana is for the unity of nation. Karunanidhi is silent for a separate Tamil contry after Rajeevs death..Rajiv also died for the unity of India.We can not judge Narendra Mody only on the basis of Gujarat riots ,whether he is a dictator or not. Modis political opponent Haren Pandya was murdered.Sanjay Joshis career ended because of some fake cds.Modi has to prove his innocence in these issues.There are five chief ministers from BJP in Gujarat.Other than Modi all of them left BJP.The power politics during the end of 90s in Gujarat BJP is so dirty.Madasoodan Mistri worked 30 years along with Modi. Mistri suppressing his anger towards Modi years and expressed it by tearing a poster.Manmohan never makes his colleagues angry like this.He can live anywhere in India without any security.Subramanian Swamy was once very close to Rajeev's family once.He moved vote of no confidence against BJP in 1999.While voting against Vajpay who was in Swamy's mind as next PM?BJP workers never forget these but Modi joined his hand with Swamy.While speaking about indian culture and attacking hi family ,Swamy should remember that he made once Mallya as president of his own Janata Party.A liquor king is not the symbol of Indian culture in Rajya Sabha. Modi thinks Swami as his finance minister,once Jaswant hold that position .I am coming back into Manmohan.He made a history by ruling 10 years ruling worlds biggest democratic country. The person who ruled this great country 10 years deserves nobel price . People will understand the greatness of Manmohan one day.
        1. M
          Apr 18, 2014 at 11:48 am
          And the value of the rupee is 1/6th of what it was 10 years ago !
          1. T
            Apr 18, 2014 at 10:17 am
            what about the scams ? how many folds has that gone upto, ????
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