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Published Date: Apr 19, 2013

SDPI Press Release (April 19, 2013)

Leaders
of Pakistan Peoples Party have pledged to complete unfinished agenda if voted
to power again in upcoming general elections. They said PPP was able to deliver
on most of its manifesto points but could not implement some promises due to
interventions from certain quarters.

Senator
Saleem Mandviwala and Senator Saeed Ghani were speaking at policy seminar on
PPP manifesto. They expressed that PPP election manifesto 2013 guarantee
provision of basic need to every
citizen, empowerment of all citizens, inclusive growth, infrastructure
development for future, new social contract, ensuring security and positive
engagement of international community.

The
event organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on
Friday was eighth in series of seminars planned to bring manifestos of
political parties into discussion and assess their impact on electorates in run
up to the general elections. Shakeel Ramay of SDPI moderated the proceedings
while Dr. Abid Suleri presented introductory remarks.

Presenting
manifesto, Senator Saleem Mandviwalla started with discussing the provision of
basic needs to citizens. He said PPP pledges to increase education expenditure
to 4.5 percent of GDP and would bridge the public-private and regional gaps in
quality of education through establishment of ‘National Education Standard
Council’.

Providing
glimpses on PPP plan for inclusive and equitable growth he said that PPP would
strive to reduce the budget deficit to less than 4 percent of GDP and would
seek to adopt prudent policies to ensure current expenditure under control. He
said growth rate of 6 percent would be achieved, GDP to saving would be
increased to 15 percent, inflation would be kept under 6 percent , debt would
be reduced to 60 percent, remittances would be increased to 2 billion whereas
exports would be enhanced to 50 billions dollars per anum in next 5 years.

Mandviwala
said that BISP has proved to be a successful social protection system and the
PPP is planning to double the monthly payments under the program. Under employment,
he said that one million jobs would be created annually along with promotion of
entrepreneurship for providing livelihood to the people. On energy crisis,
Mandviwala admitted the shortcomings for not able to resolve the crisis but
blamed interventions failure of not implementing their energy policy.

Senator
Saeed Ghani talked on social contract of the PPPP manifesto and said that
health spending would be increased to 5 percent of GDP. He vowed to eradicate
polio and announced to launch ‘Mother and Child Care Support Program’ which he
said, would be the flagship healthcare package for underprivileged.  He
said PPP aims to bring down the population growth rate from 2 to 1.6 percent by
2018.

He
expressed that for the first time in Pakistan, PPP has proposed 4 reserved
seats for workers in national assembly and 2 seats for workers in each
provincial assembly. He also pledged to add one more seat in parliament for
minorities in capital area. He said that their party is committed to safeguard
fundamental rights of every citizens and PPP would continue to work on
implementation on all international conventions and treaties on human rights.
He said there are significant reduction in the cases of enforced disappearances
and PPP has also introduced an Act in the parliament under which agencies are
answerable to citizens on missing person cases.

On
women empowerment, Senator Saeed Ghani was of the view that PPP government in
last 5 years passed number of legislation to protect women rights and reduce
violence against women. He said that PPP want to further empower women through
education, entrepreneurship and anti-discriminatory and anti-harassment laws in
the country. He also talked of reforms in civil services, local government,
police and judiciary.

FaryalGohar,
an acclaimed human right activist and member of Board of Governors of SDPI
discussed that after completion of their tenure, PPP leaders are trying to find
excuses for their failure. Citing Sri Lankan example, she said that even with 30
years of war they improved their health & education system.