New Delhi: With assembly polls in few states round the corner, the government calendar for 2012 is likely to portray a positive image of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Latching on to the golden opportunity, the UPA has used the calendar to propagate some of its ambitious projects. The use of the calendar in various offices is also likely to work as a campaign for the Congress led UPA.

Unveiling the calendar on Friday, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said, “It will play an important role in apprising the people of UPA’s welfare programmes for the masses.”

Several ministers including Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath were present on the occasion.

In a smart move, the Centre has decided to use raths in nine states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Goa for the publicity of the calendar.

The calendar will carry details of schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) and Unique Identity Cards.

All the government offices, Public Sector Undertakings and autonomous bodies will be directed to use the calendars.

JPN/Bureau