Corruption a deep concern for all: PM

August 15th, 2011 - 9:35 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday said that corruption was a deep concern for all and needs simultaneous action on many fronts.

“In the last few months many instances of corruption have come to light. In some cases, functionaries of the central government face allegations of corruption. In other cases, it is the functionaries of various state governments,” Manmohan Singh said from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

In his address on India’s 65th Independence Day, he said the government was taking “strictest possible action in cases of corruption that have surfaced”.

But he declined to say much on it as the cases were sub-judice.

“It is essential that when we consider these issues, we do not create an atmosphere in which the country’s progress comes into question. Any debate on these matters should reflect the confidence that we can overcome these challenges.

“However, this is a difficulty for which no government has a magic wand. We are taking simultaneous action on many fronts in our fight against corruption,” he added.

Elaborting, Singh said corruption manifested itself in many forms and there were instances where funds meant for schemes for the people end up in the pocket of government officials.

“There are also cases where government contracts are wrongfully awarded to the wrong people. We cannot let such activities continue unchecked.”

He said that “there is no single big step which we can take to eradicate corruption”.

Singh said all political parties should “stand shoulder to shoulder” with the government in the fight against corruotion.

“To eradicate corruption, we have introduced, and will introduce, many bills in parliament.

“I hope that all political parties will cooperate in the process of converting these bills into statutes.

“On the issue of corruption, I would like to say in the end that we can win the fight against corruption only when each and every citizen of India cooperates in it.”

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