India needs to deal with corruption: PM

March 18th, 2011 - 3:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Mar 18 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that India needs to deal with the malice of corruption and improve governance in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Addressing the India-Today Conclave here, Dr. Singh said: ” We have to deal squarely with the malaise of corruption. We need to reform and improve governance at all levels.”

“We can contribute to the world’s recovery from the recent financial and economic crisis. We can become a pole of political stability in an uncertain world. But for all this we will need to show innovation and flexibility in our approaches. Some inadequacies have become apparent in our systems of functioning,” he added.

He further stressed that it is important that all major powers work together to address the major economic and political challenges that face us, including those involving non-state actors.

“Cooperation to deal with cross border terrorism is very important,’ he added.

Answering a question on high rates of infant mortality and other health issues, Dr. Singh said: “We need to increase public spending on health from less that two percent presently to about five to six percent in next five or six years. That should be the goal that we should aim at as a nation.”

Dr. Singh said the National Rural Health Mission focuses on these problems and, even though work has been done, more was needed.

‘I do agree that we need to do lot more, but it would be wrong to say that nothing has been done. The National Rural Health Mission primarily focuses on some of these issues. But I do agree with you that this is not something which can be done or achieved overnight,’ he added.

He further said: “We have introduced landmark legislations that provide citizens the Right to Information, the Right to Education and the Right to Work through the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

“We have intensified our efforts for the emancipation of our women. Our efforts to create equal educational opportunities through targeted programmes for girls’ education and specific economic programmes focused on women particularly through self-help groups are all gradually bearing fruit,” he added. (ANI)

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