As the Supreme Courts verdict on spectrum allocation gave the opposition fresh ammunition to take on the UPA government,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday asserted his government has moved substantially forward in taking legal and administrative measures to curb corruption,but acknowledged that more needs to be done to ensure transparency,accountability and probity in public life.
Singh hoped his government would soon be able to enact a strong Lokpal law as well.
Addressing an annual conference of chief secretaries,the Prime Minister spoke at length about the issue of corruption which has been dominating the political discourse for several months. Singh recollected he had shared with them last year his governments commitment to improve the delivery of public services system and take legal and administrative measures to curb corruption in public life.
We have moved substantially forward in these areas in the last one year, he said and referred to legislations on citizens charter and electronic delivery of services which have already been introduced in Parliament,plans to bring a law for regulating public procurement and initiatives like Aadhaar which he said will help in improving the delivery of programmes.
But we still have a long way to go in our efforts for ensuring transparency,accountability and probity in public life. I would urge all of you to ensure that the Centre and states work together to move ahead to achieve these goals, he said.
Apart from corruption,he spoke about internal security concerns pointing out that serious challenges and threats from Left Wing Extremism,cross border terrorism,religious fundamentalism and ethnic violence still persist.
These need to be tackled with a firm and effective and yet sensitive hand. The Central government will continue providing all possible assistance to the states in their efforts in this direction, he said. He also wanted the states to give special attention to disaster management and infrastructure building.
Infrastructure deficit,he stressed,was an area of continuing concern. This deficit still remains large,and it is one of the critical constraints that limit our growth processes. We need to find innovative ways to bridge the infrastructure deficit, he said. Singh wanted the states to lay particular emphasis on roads,highways and irrigation facilities.