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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Mid-term Appraisal of the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002–2007)

Planning Commission

Government of India

Women, Children and Development

4.1 One of the six basic principles of governance laid down in the United Progressive Alliance government’s National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP) is to empower women politically, educationally, economically and legally. In the light of this, it is necessary to assess how women and children actually fared in the process of development during the Tenth Plan and what correctives need to be applied.

4.2 The Tenth Plan has set certain monitorable targets for women and children.

These are:

  • All children in school by 2003; all children to complete five years of schooling by 2007.
  • Reduction in gender gaps in literacy and ...

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