Ummid Assistant

IDB scholarship forms available at Bhopal's Companion School

IGNOU's preparatory course for students desiring higher education

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » National

PM moans lack of consensus, vows to fight corruption

Wednesday August 15, 2012 11:03:22 AM, IANS

New Delhi: India's economic growth has been hurt due to lack of political consensus on many issues, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared Wednesday.

Addressing the nation on India's 66th Independence Day, Manmohan Singh also vowed to battle corruption while ensuring that sincere officials were not affected by baseless allegations of wrongdoing.

In a speech directed primarily at the domestic audience, the prime minister -- making his ninth speech from the Red Fort -- made no reference to Pakistan or any other country.

The prime minister said India was unable to create the environment for rapid economic growth "because of a lack of political consensus on many issues".

"Time has now come to view the issue which affect our development processes as matters of national security."

The economist-turned-politician, who became prime minister in May 2004, did not dwell on the issues that were eluding a political consensus.

Again, without elaborating, he referred to "domestic developments which are hindering our economic growth".

Despite 20 years of widely acclaimed economic reforms, the political establishment is still divided on certain growth issues. In recent times, the government has faced flak from the opposition on allowing foreign direct investment in retail trade, strongly favoured by the US.

Speaking a day after yoga guru Baba Ramdev ended his fast against corruption and black money, the prime minister said his government would take steps to battle corruption.

"We will continue our efforts to bring more transparency and accountability in the work of public servants and to reduce corruption," he said, reading out a prepared speech in Hindi from a bullet proof cubicle.

"But we will also take care that those measures do not result in a situation in which the morale of public functionaries... gets affected because of baseless allegations and unnecessary litigation."

He hoped that the Rajya Sabha would soon pass the Lokpal and Lokayukta bills already cleared by the Lok Sabha.

India, he said, cannot escape the global economic crisis. But the country's GDP growth would still be "a little better" than last year's 6.5 percent.

The 12th Five Year Plan would lay down measures to increase the economic growth rate from 6.5 to 9 percent in the last year of the Plan, he added.

Manmohan Singh, however, warned that controlling inflation would had become tougher because of this year's poor monsoon.

But this would not lead to problems in foodgrains availability as "we have a big stock of foodgrains".

"This period of difficulties will not last long", he added.

In a reference to Assam, where ethnic violence claimed over 70 lives, he said authorities were doing everything possible to provide relief to everyone.

Manmohan Singh also outlined his government's successes.

He said almost all villages had been electrified, and the government's target was to provide electricity to every household in India in the next five years.

The government was also formulating a scheme to give away free medicines through government hospitals and health centres, he said.

Over the next five years, eight crore Indians will be taught skill development by a specialised agency to cope with the needs of an expanding economy, he added.

Half the rural households today have bank accounts, he pointed out. "It will be our endeavour to ensure tha all households benefit from bank accounts in the next two years."

The prime minister also called for speedy infrastructure development, and said the planned Indian mission to Mars "will be a huge stp for us in the area of science and technology".

While lauding the improvement in situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the falling violence in India's northeast, he said that Maoists remained a major issue of concern.

"Communal harmony has to be maintained at all costs... The incidents which occurred in Pune in the beginning of this month point to the need for much more work to be done in the area of national security."

Four low-intensity blasts rocked Pune in quick succession Aug 1 but no one was killed.

Manmohan Singh concluded his speech on a positive note.

"No power in the world can stop our country from achieving new heights of progress and development."



Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




More Headlines

Muslim leaders arrive in Saudi Arabia for Makkah Summit

Pakistan celebrates Independence Day

Why are people overconfident so often?

Russian, Israeli tourists more of menace to Goa: Faleiro

All set for world's third biggest Muslim prayer congregation

Economic downturn making British women opt for abortions

Angered over no sons, man kills wife, daughter in UP

Pakistani girl to get cochlear implant via Indian NGO

Vilasrao Deshmukh dies in Chennai hospital

VHP disrupts India, Pakistan joint I-Day celebrations

Mumbai violence: Pre-planned or spontaneous

Turkish prime minister’s wife in tears after meeting Muslims in Myanmar

Chemical in soap, toothpaste impairs muscle strength


Top Stories

Minorities need protection from aggression, President on Assam violence

President Pranab Mukherkee Tuesday said he was "pained" after witnessing the violence in Assam and added that minorities needed  »

Full Text of president's Independence Day-eve speech

Anger no excuse for assault on democracy: President


  Most Read

Vilasrao Deshmukh dies in Chennai hospital

Union minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh died at a hospital here Tuesday after prolonged illness.  »

Vilasrao Deshmukh: Politician who could have been movie star

Independence Day: The streetside view

For some, it's a day of celebration or simply chilling with family and friends. But Independence Day is just another day of struggle for millions living on the fringes of mainstream India. Like 35-year-old Satyender, who will be trawling the streets of the capital Wednesday, when the country celebrates its 65th Independence  »


  News Pick

Credibility of parliamentary system getting questioned: Somnath

Observing that the "workability of democratic set-up of the country was getting questioned", former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee Monday called for initiatives to get democracy back  »

Shooting near Texas varsity in US, three killed

Three people, including a police officer and the suspected gunman himself, were killed and several injured in a shooting incident near a university campus in Texas, media reports said. The incident happened Monday afternoon  »

Palestinian prisoner's wife delivers baby via husband's smuggled semen

Palestinian prisoner's wife Monday delivered a baby conceived through artificial insemination after the father's semen was smuggled out from his Israeli prison. The baby was born in a hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus and doctors said the process was unprecedented, Xinhua reported.  »

Turkish prime minister’s wife in tears after meeting Muslims in Myanmar

A video released on a social media platform shows Emine Erdogan, the wife of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, burst into tears when she met members  »


Picture of the Day

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has come for the summit, visits the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Monday.

(Photo: SPA)



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.