News » National

Updated: January 1, 2012 03:19 IST

Manmohan pledges ‘honest, more efficient' rule

Special Correspondent
Comment (25)   ·   print   ·   T  T  
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that corruption was a serious problem that needs multi-dimensional response of which Lokpal and Lokayuktas are an important part. File photo
The Hindu
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that corruption was a serious problem that needs multi-dimensional response of which Lokpal and Lokayuktas are an important part. File photo

Amid an acrimonious blame-game between the government and the Opposition over the Lokpal Bill, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said it was “unfortunate” that it could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

He reiterated his government's commitment to enact an effective Lokpal Bill.

In his New Year address to the nation, Dr. Singh acknowledged that the concern over corruption had moved to the “centre stage” and pledged to personally work to provide an “honest and more efficient government.”

A five-point ‘policy agenda' of his government for 2012 dominated the long message of the Prime Minister — livelihood security (education, food, health and employment); economic security; energy security; ecological security and national security.

He listed a series of initiatives taken by his government, including the introduction of Bills for a citizen's charter and judicial accountability. “These initiatives will take time to have full effect and we must, therefore, be patient.”

Emphasising that new institutions such as the Lokpal and the Lokayuktas were an important part of the solution, Dr. Singh said there was also a need for reforms in the systems of government which would increase transparency so that the scope of misgovernance is reduced.

Dr. Singh argued that with economic reforms unveiled in the early 90s old forms of corruption have vanished but new forms of corruption have emerged which need to be tackled.

“Elimination of corruption is critical to support genuine entrepreneurship. It is also the demand of the ordinary citizen who encounters corruption all too often in everyday transactions with those in authority.”

In an obvious reference to the staunch opposition by UPA ally, Trinamool Congress, to the opening of multi-brand retail sector to foreign players, Dr. Singh said, “We should not lock ourselves into a blind refusal to contemplate change. If we have confidence in ourselves, we will be able to meet any challenge.”

Stressing the need for restoring fiscal stability, the Prime Minister said the route towards the goal in the medium term would be to move to the regime of Goods and Services Tax (GST). Some of the State governments including those ruled by allies of the UPA have reservations over the regime.

Dr. Singh also advocated phased reduction in subsidies as another step towards greater economic security. At the same time he acknowledged that some subsidies, such as in food, were justifiable on social grounds and expected to expand once the Food Security Bill (pet Bill of Congress president Sonia Gandhi) becomes operational.

On energy security, the Prime Minister maintained that both goals of expanding new investment and achieving energy efficiency required a more rational pricing policy, aligning India's energy prices with global rates in a phased manner.

More In: National | News

I respect Mr Manmohan Singh. He is a great leader and a great economist. Our nation should be thankful for his leadership, remember always that he is the chief architect of our rapidly growing economy.

from:  Shrenik
Posted on: Jan 2, 2012 at 21:49 IST

A pledge is "a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something" and therefore it connotes an action in the future. Dr.Manmohan Singh is,through his pledge,indirectly admitting that his administration has so far been less honest and efficient than what was expected by the people and is promising that he would change that situation. People will no doubt discount that promise since our politicians and the UPA government have lost all credibility.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jan 2, 2012 at 15:56 IST

Respected Dr. Manmohan Singh, We have great respect for you.We have also high hopes and expectation >from you.We had a thought that Sonia had done the right thing by
choosing you the PM.You would have win the heart of the Indian
people.But you are loosing opportunity after opportunity to assert
yourself as the PM of INDIA.If you had been bold Rajya Sabha could
have been in session beyond mid night,It could have been historic if
all the suggested amendments would have been discussed and voted
upon.2011 was not good for you.Be a PM.Be decisive and prove that you
are against corruption.Politics should not overshadow you.If you can
not assert yourself better exit .

from:  Hemanta Mohapatra
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 21:48 IST

Words, words and more words but no concrete action. I seriously doubt his abilities for good governance and sound administration. He seems to be living in his own world. If only he shows the kind of resolve on key issues, the way he did for Nuclear power.

from:  Muralidhar
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 20:36 IST

@Raj- Mind your language next time you talk about him. For all his faults, the Prime Minister of India cannot be termed 'dog'. I don't know whether you have anything personal against him, seems unlikely, but have some respect for the institution he represents. As you rightly said, he is a highly qualified man, so let us at least show the respect a man of his stature deserves.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 17:27 IST

Dr Manmohan Singh, you have lost all your credibility. What you are saying is nothing but hot air, worthless at that!

from:  Rajeshwaran
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 17:24 IST

Another joke on Indian people! Does he realize that the year 2011 X 1.2 billion helpless citizens has been so needlessly wasted, hopelessly mis-managed, unforgivably mis-governed. How can we believe that his ability to deliver is going to be any different?

from:  V.Muthuswami
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 17:20 IST

Our PM argued that with economic reforms unveiled in the early 90s old forms of corruption have vanished but new forms of corruption have emerged which need to be tackled.Even if we take it as true, our PM should not feel comfortable with it. Recent rush of corruption cases were mainly exposed by media and judiciary. Where were our govt's vigilance wing ? PM should should introspect and rise to prevent corruption which he miserably failed.

from:  Saradindu Basu
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 17:16 IST

Chidiya chug gayi khet ......

Shame Shame ! What else can this stooge of 'the dynasty' do?

from:  Sanjay Tirdiya
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 14:19 IST

@ Raj - well said; an institution with spineless head can never be a
successful one, as is been seen with various healthy reforms not
taking the shapes in the due course. This government which cannot
even stand on its own commitments, has lost all the rights to be in
power on moral grounds. India definitely needs a change.

from:  Dinesh
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 13:12 IST

As the Prime Minister of India, Shri.Manmohan Singh should gain more strength for ruling this country. It is unfortunate that UPA government is not accepting the minimum demands of public, which have got vide acceptance for eradicating corruption from this country. Here, corruption is the disease. Medicine is the inclusion of CBI in the ambit of Lokpal, corporate sector should be under the ombudsman, Without bringing corporate sector and CBI within the ambit of Ombudsman, lokpal is null and void. Further reservation to minority classes is quite bullshit. Also should bring Class 'C' and 'D' employees under the ombudsman. This is the real Janlokpal. All these factors should be taken care off before passing Lokpal. Then only Lokpal shall be meaningful. A corrupt free India is our goal. Our 'Father of the Nation' had a great vision of India and we need to follow his footsteps for fulfilling his vision. Total annihilation of corruption should first start from the villages.

from:  Rajendran Chandrasekharannair
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 13:09 IST

Mannmohan's pledges are no better than election promises. We've heard these for 64 years! What's the "looting target'?

from:  S. Suchindranath Aiyer
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 12:27 IST

Please "walk the talk" Mr PM. There is lot of difference between stating " we ARE committed to fight corruption " and "we WILL fight corruption . Never have you stated in the affirmative that "UPA WILL fight corruption." Because "WILL" means you are committing yourself , while "ARE" refers only to intentions. Why dont you commit yourselves and your Govt to this task ?

from:  V.J. Nambiar
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 11:50 IST

easier said than done...

from:  Kevin
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 11:29 IST

From the time he was born Dr.Manmohan Singh has been committed to a strong Lokpal bill. He will lay down office shortly with the same promise. And we will be left with no lok pal bill

from:  P.S. Arunachalam
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 11:18 IST

Mr Manmohan singh,please resign from your post and to parliament,you are not able to introduce STRONG LOKPAL BILL, where as it is an advantage for corrupt politicians, and other wise indirect support them. and which will safe guard all corrupt politicians who have looted millions of crores. when so many people are in below poverty line, instead of curbing corruption it was indirectly encouraged.To maintain your status, respect and finally your own statement make true it is good on your part to step down and distence all those who are around you.

from:  Suresh.D.R
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 10:34 IST

Dr. Singh,
The nation wants credible actions, as demonstrated during your tenure as Finance Minister in P.V. Narasimha Rao's Government when the nation was passing through financial crisis.Pious words will not do when the country is plagued by multifarious issues that have been deliberately complicated by the present ruling dispensation,and the situation compounded by your lack of assertiveness, despite many other laudable credentials that you are endowed with.What a colossal waste of a year in 2011 and scarce resources! It is baffling that when you could do so much as FM, for putting the country's economy on the growth track, some inexplicable reasons hold you up from doing more as PM.Don't you really have the capacity to do more than PVN Rao? How would you like to be remembered by the next generation as the PM when it will compare you with Mr. PVN Rao as PMs of modern India? It is totally in your hands to make 2012 as a bright and happy New Year for India.

from:  shekarm
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 10:32 IST

Feel sad for Manmohan. As the loyal dog of Sonia inspite of being so highly qualified. Man without a Spine.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 10:02 IST

Prime minister, please take care of the 327 Billion Foreign loans. Let the future generation live freely without having to pay Interest for the current generation problems.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 09:38 IST

Well all i can say that his govt has moral authority to rule this country.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 09:27 IST

as my opinion myself with government but what they say actually implement that i don't think so. Because election also on the way in short period and in that lots of money they waste. And as i know petrol company also demanded for rising price. so after election i think we all ready to face worst condition then now.

from:  Kamlesh
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 07:19 IST

I doubt it.

from:  jayramj
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 05:57 IST

Regret is fine but our respected Prime Minister mush have come out with a time frame within which his party seeks to bring in an effective ombudsman bill. Without any certainty on this front this whole assertion that the ruling Congress is committed to enact an effective Lokpal Bill rings hollow.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 04:23 IST

How fortunate is congress to have Manmohan Singh the Prime Minister of India and as their torchbearer. He is not a politician but with skills of a politician. He expressed his honest desire. “It is unfortunate that the Bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

from:  Prem Anand
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 00:57 IST

My question to PM as he is talking about national security.

When will be Afzal and Kasab would be hanged?

from:  Ramana
Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 at 00:40 IST
Show all comments
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh

Other States






Recent Article in National

Diversity deficit across apex bodies of parties

The BSP is an exception, where the majority of the members in the Central Executive Committee (CEC) belong to the Scheduled Castes. »