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economic growth, which is essential to create jobs and increase incomes of the common man.
However, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had a word of caution as she said that while "growth is essential and must be sustained but rapid growth alone cannot address the problems arising out of continuing disparities".
"Tackling these is not just a matter of social justice but more importantly an existential necessity and a moral imperative.
"If the basic needs of large sections of our society are not met in tangible measure, if the growing aspirations of our people are not met in substantial measure, the fabric of our society will be stretched and torn. That is the ground where despair leads to unrest and breeds extremism as the only hope for change," she said.
"This unrest also gives various vested interests the opportunity to pursue their selfish interests," she said, explaining the logic of UPA bringing out schemes like MNREGA, Forest Rights Act and Food Security Act.
The resolution hailed that the rate achieved in the past nine-year period is the highest for any nine-year period in India's history.
"Congress will continue to promote policies that create high economic growth which creates employment as well as government revenues for social welfare programmes.
"The Congress pledges to maintain a business environment conducive to investment, both domestic and foreign, and entrepreneurship, especially in micro, small and medium enterprises," the party said.
Maintaining that the proposed industrial corridors connecting all parts of the country are the most innovative infrastructure projects, it said, "Congress will continue to pursue the creation of world-class infrastructure in a time-bound manner, proactively attract investment, enhance
ilateral trade and capital flows and promote the labour-intensive manufacturing sector in particular."