Manmohan Singh seeks bureaucrats cooperation to fight corruption

April 21st, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Apr 21 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday sought the cooperation of bureaucrats in tackling corruption boldly.

Inaugurating the sixth Civil Services Day here, Dr. Singh said: “As I have said earlier, corruption is an impediment to faster growth, and hurts the poor most. It is a challenge that we must tackle boldly and we stand committed to doing so.”

Referring to measures being taken by the UPA Government in dealing with corruption, Dr. Singh said it aimed to strengthen the legislative framework, revamp administrative practices and procedures and fast track a systemic response to fight this menace.

On the security front, he said combating left wing extremism, effectively dealing with terrorism and counter insurgency besides maintaining communal harmony continue to be the priorities of the government.

“There is now evidence of better cooperation and coordination between the Centre and States in fighting terrorism. We are working in partnership with State Governments to provide employment to the tribal youth and to revamp the social and economic infrastructure in these remote areas,” he added.

Talking about the challenges to economic management, Dr. Singh called for increasing foodgrain production and productivity. He referred to the steps taken by the government to deal with food inflation and called for making concerted efforts to enhance food security.

“Our economy has been in reasonably good shape in the past seven years. We have achieved an impressive rate of growth which we were able to sustain even in the midst of the worst global financial crisis of recent times. But, during the past year and a half, persistent inflation, especially in the food sector, has become a cause for concern,” he said.

“Our consistent policy has been to control inflation without hurting growth. We have strived for a delicate and difficult balance to achieve this. Food prices rose following the drought in 2009,” he added.

He said the civil services again have a major role to play in achieving a higher rate of growth in the agriculture sector.

“I hope you will pay more focused attention to this area, and more specially to the preparation and implementation of district level agricultural plans. At the state level some of the brightest officers should be appointed to critical position of agricultural development commissioners and similarly every efforts should be made to upgrade extension services,” he added.

He also stressed on strengthening the local level governance through Panchayats and Municipalities with forcefully making a plea to decentralise the decisionmaking and implementation of various schemes.

Expressing serious concern over falling child sex ratio, he described it a national shame. Dr. Singh said despite laws and rules female foeticide and infanticide continue in many parts of the country and called upon civil servants to play a big role in launching a crusade against it. (ANI)

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